April 20, 2017
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Course Design Workshop

May 16 & 18 (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.

Mandatory Orientation for New McGill Supervisors

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

The Mandatory Orientation session will provide you with an overview of the policy framework for supervision at McGill, best practices in graduate supervision, and key resources.


Harassment, Sexual Harassment & Discrimination

McGill is committed to providing an environment in which students and employees are free from discrimination and harassment. This page outlines the resources available to the community.


Introduction to Rayyan for Systematic Reviews

April 24, 2:00-3:30pm

Rayyan is a free web-tool designed to help researchers working on systematic reviews and other knowledge synthesis projects, and it dramatically speeds up the process of screening and selecting studies. In this workshop, we will introduce Rayyan, demonstrate a sample workflow 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.


Know your rights: What to consider before you submit to a journal and sign a copyright transfer agreement

May 2, 10:30am-1:15pm
This workshop will take place in the Humanities Library and Social Sciences Library, Research Commons A, and will address the main points to consider when submitting to a journal with regards to author rights. For example, what rights do you maintain? What can you do with your article once it’s published? Are you permitted to post it online? Can you share it via social media sites? 



Financial Skills for the Real World Series

Starting May 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Do you occasionally struggle to pay your bills on time? Feel overwhelmed with debt? This workshop series will address personal finance topics as diverse as setting up a budget, dealing with debt, understanding types of banks and investment accounts, and objectively evaluating the purchase of a home, among other related topics.



Getting students to focus on the questions not the answers

May 5, 12:00-1:15pm
What happens when students are asked to produce questions instead of answers? What’s the impact on students’ engagement with and understanding of the course material? Two instructors share their approaches to using student-generated questions as a strategy for preparing for exams with peers and for encouraging students to engage with course readings.



Designing successful peer assessment assignments

May 25, 9:30am-12:00pm
Peer Assessment (PA) refers to students providing feedback on other students’ assignments to help them improve their work. In this workshop, we address the principles that support sound design of PA activities. You will have the opportunity to reflect on these principles and begin to develop a PA assignment. 


Feedback Strategies: Engaging Students in Dialogue

May 29, 9:30am-12:00pm

Providing feedback to undergraduate students on their writing assignments can be a complex, time-consuming and thankless task. This workshop focuses on feedback strategies for essays and research (term) papers that engage students in the feedback process and encourage them to take responsibility for their learning before, during, and after assignments.


Course Evaluations for Winter 2017 – Encourage your students to participate!

For academic units following the default period, students have until April 30 at 11:59pm to complete their course evaluations. Please remind your students to complete their course evaluations.


Mercury Testimonials

Teaching and Learning Services is seeking testimonials from instructors who are willing to share their perspectives about student feedback from course evaluations. Submit your testimonial online

SANS Video Library - Featured Module: Senior Leadership

This course is available to staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness program. “Senior Leadership,” our featured module, provides guidelines for leaders to follow in order to protect themselves and their organization against cyber-attacks.


Already registered? Access the SANS Video library.

First time participant? Register now.

Graduate Student Writing: Graphos 

Concerned about the quality of your students’ written work? Spending too much time wading through poor organization and grammar? Help your students improve their academic communication skills by directing them to the McGill Writing Centre’s 1-credit Graphos courses, which address topics such as crafting arguments and applying disciplinary conventions. 

myCourses Tip: Test your grade settings on yourself

A common question from instructors about myCourses is: “Why do my Teaching Assistants and I appear in the gradebook?” This feature allows you to use your TA’s and your name to verify that your grade calculation, formula, and visibility settings are correct without affecting student grades in any way.


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