November 1, 2016
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Clarifying Expectations in Graduate Supervision

November 10, 10:00am-12:00pm

Imagine preventing common mistakes and avoiding confusion when taking on new graduate students. Clarifying Expectations is about articulating roles and responsibilities in supervisory relationships before problems or miscommunications occur.


Course Design Workshop

December 8 and December 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.



Aspirations to Action - A Blog Series

Tune into our new blog series that highlights key discussion points of the Teaching What’s Important (TWI) Symposium, held in December 2015. We bring you thoughts, fresh ideas, and — most importantly — examples of teaching strategies used by McGill professors that promote student engagement and learning both inside and outside the classroom.


What the research says …

When you supervise graduate students, how can you ensure that you are aware of their expectations and that they are aware of your expectations? This article sheds light on five key expectations, which can contribute to productive supervisor-supervisee interactions, that exemplary supervisors hold.


Safer Spaces Workshops

SEDE, in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services, First Peoples' House, and the Office for Students with Disabilities offers Safer Spaces, a regular schedule of training for staff, faculty, and graduate students.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - November 3, 2:00-4:30pm
Indigenous Perspectives -  November 14, 9:30am-12:00pm

Strategies to Support Active and Collaborative Learning

November 18, 10:00am-12:00pm

In this workshop we will explore strategies to enhance students’ engagement, promote dialogue, and encourage deep learning. We will discuss the rationale for active and collaborative learning, and examine methods for design and implementation in different types of courses. During the workshop, you will experience a range of new strategies through demonstrations and peer sharing, and develop a plan to incorporate selected strategies into your courses.


How Academics Can Use Social Media to Gain a Competitive Edge

November 18, 1:00-2:00pm

Social media is a powerful tool for academics to communicate their thought leadership, increase awareness of their research and collaborate with peers. Attend this session with social media strategist Lina Duque, MBA, and learn how to use social media effectively to create a strong and targeted online presence. Whether you’re a beginner or savvy user, you will walk away with practical tips you can implement today. 



November 30, 1:00-3:00pm

Commercialization, intellectual property, and public-private partnerships within research will be explored during this interactive workshop. An overview will be given of the current situation and context within Quebec and Canada, as well as their potential future direction.





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Course Evaluations for Fall 2016

MERCURY Course Evaluations will be available to students starting Thursday, November 10.

  • Default period: November 10 – December 22, 2016
  • Condensed period: November 10 – December 6, 2015 (view units)

Please submit your additional questions (up to 3) for your course evaluation questionnaire by Wednesday, November 2. Sample Powerpoint slides, graphics, and other resources to encourage student participation are available.

Leaving Written Feedback for a Grade Item

When entering grades for a particular grade item in myCourses, you can leave written feedback for the whole class and/or for individual students. For example, you can provide general comments to the entire class about an assignment or exam. You can also add individual comments to a student’s grade to provide feedback for improvement and to explain grading decisions.


Copyright in myCourses 

Did you know you can post readings on myCourses at no cost to your students while respecting copyright restrictions?


Polling @ McGill: Register your courses for the Winter semester

Instructors interested in using Polling @ McGill for the Winter semester must register their courses; please see the “Getting Started for Instructors” section of the Polling @ McGill website. This system, available as of the Fall 2016 semester at no charge to students and instructors, allows students to respond to questions from a personal device (smartphone, tablet, or laptop). As a reminder, physical clickers are no longer supported for in-class use.

Who’s up for a Fall Photo Contest?

IT Services is looking to enhance McGill's Office 365 portal login page (, where hundreds of McGill people sign in daily to access email, OneDrive, Yammer, Video, and other free cloud services. For contest rules and info on how to submit your photos, please go to the Yammer group:

Office 365 Portal Photo Contest - Fall 2016 (sign in with your McGill Username and McGill Password)


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