November 15, 2018

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Beyond Grading: Effective Assessment Strategies for Better Learning


December 7

9:00am - 3:30pm


How can we design assignments that enhance students’ learning and motivation to learn? How can we provide ongoing feedback given time constraints? Join us for this symposium where we will engage our community of instructors in panel, round-table, and informal discussions about assessment strategies relevant across disciplines and class sizes. 


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Course Design Workshop


December 11 and 13 
(two full days)


Would you like to (re)design one of your courses and enhance your teaching skills? Join a group of fellow faculty members led by facilitators from Teaching and Learning Services to discuss strategies for course design and teaching that focus on enhancing student learning. Space is limited; register before November 23.


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Upcoming events



Getting Started with myCourses


Various Dates: November 19 through January 16


Familiarize yourself with some of the basic tools in myCourses so you're ready for the semester. Topics include organizing your course content, setting up your grade book, and facilitating group interaction. Bring a laptop and your course outline.


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Webinar: Strategies for Active Learning Classrooms


November 20

12:15 - 12:45pm


Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs) are environments designed to increase opportunities for interaction and collaboration using features such as writable wall surfaces, movable furniture and interactive AV technologies. This 30-minute webinar will focus on how to use different ALC features to enhance teaching strategies and better support student learning.


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Books That Pop! Historical Children's Books in the Sheila Bourke Collection


November 21

5:30 - 7:30pm


Join Professor Jacqueline Reid-Walsh for interactive glimpses into the fascinating Sheila Bourke Collection of historical children’s books.The focus will be on movable and interactive books, and on items that highlight bookmaking.


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Webinar - Feedback Strategies: Engaging Students in Dialogue (Part 2)


November 23

12:15 - 12:45pm


Part 2: Submitting Interactive Cover Sheets

How can we engage students with feedback and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their learning? This 4-part webinar series presents several strategies suited to writing assignments. The strategies may also make marking more efficient.


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Safer Spaces Workshop Series



Race and Cultural Identity

November 29

9:00am - 12:00pm


This workshop addresses the challenges of fostering diversity-receptive cultural attitudes, reducing structural barriers in university life, and building and maintaining respectful spaces for interpersonal engagement. 


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Introduction to Rayyan for Systematic Reviews


November 29

2:30 - 4:00pm


Rayyan is a free web tool designed to help researchers working on systematic reviews and other knowledge synthesis projects. In this workshop, we will introduce Rayyan and discuss the tool’s strengths and weaknesses. The workshop will be led by librarians with expertise in knowledge synthesis projects, and will include a question and answer session.


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Events for your students



Skills development workshops for undergraduate students


SKILLS21 is a workshop-based skills development program for undergraduate students. It provides opportunities for developing 21st century skills, values, and attitudes.


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Persuasive Public Speaking


In this workshop, persuasion researcher Jay Olson will cover the communication skills necessary to give an effective presentation. 


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Skills development for graduate students


SKILLSETS offers general, transferable, and professional skill development opportunities to complement the research training provided by the academic experience at McGill. Open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


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Resources and announcements






Course Evaluations for Fall 2018

Students may complete their Mercury course evaluations from now until December 22 (December 5 for units following the condensed period).


Strategies to encourage student participation include:

  • Communicating the value of course evaluations;
  • Making announcements and reminding your students; and
  • Allowing students time in class to complete their course evaluations.

View a complete list of strategies to increase response rates. 




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