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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



Safer Spaces Workshop Series


Indigenous Perspectives

November 5, 9:00am - 12:00pm


This workshop provides historical and contemporary information about laws and policies, demographics, and cultural and economic realities of Indigenous peoples on our campuses.


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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Webinars - 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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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 - 12:45 pm


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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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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Learning to Teach Day


At this one-day conference, TAs, graduate students and award-winning McGill professors discuss effective teaching and grading strategies. Learning to Teach Day will equip your students with tools to help them maximize their teaching potential and create a successful learning environment.


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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




A Fresh New Look for the Teaching for Learning Blog

Our blog got a makeover! Whether you’re a first-time follower or a faithful reader, experience the Teaching for Learning Blog’s more modern look and feel. We’re always adding new posts with tips and discussion for instructors across McGill.

  1. Strategy bites: Advice letter
  2. Assessment for learning: questions – a feedback practice we learned from Socrates
  3. Assessing teaching effectiveness: More than student evaluations
  4. Assessment for learning: Learning from peers with two-stage quizzes
  5. Strategy Bites: Critical debate



Course readings

The Library can help you make course readings available to your students at no cost with myCourses. It’s easy to link to the Library’s millions of articles and ebooks, or to scan and upload book chapters and articles directly to myCourses. 








Add questions to your course evaluation

Instructors may add up to three questions to their course evaluation questionnaire. This is an opportunity to receive feedback specific to the course context or your teaching, such as the use of new teaching strategies. Submit your questions by November 2. 

Course Evaluation Dates for Fall 2018

  •    Default Period: November 12 – December 22
  •    Condensed Period: November 12 – December 5 (view units)

Putting student feedback into perspective: A tool for reflection and action

Teaching and Learning Services has created a new tool designed to help instructors make sense of students’ course evaluation comments and provide them with a framework for making decisions about appropriate next steps.







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