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November 1, 2019

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Short Written Assignments: New Ways to Get Students Writing


November 7, 2:00 - 4:30pm


Integrating well-designed writing assignments into undergraduate courses can increase students’ engagement and promote critical thinking. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to start drafting an assignment for one of your courses. This draft will be based on guidelines for creating writing assignments that promote critical thinking without creating an overwhelming amount of marking.



Course Design Workshop


Day 1: December 9, 9:00am - 4:30pm

Day 2: December 12, 9:00am - 4:00pm


Would you like to design or redesign 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.





Wanted: You, the Next Leaders of the Cybersecurity Era


November 5, 4:30 - 5:30pm


As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, visiting speaker Véronique Ménard, Liaison Officer of the Canadian Center for Cyber Security (Government of Canada), will give a special presentation on the state of cybersecurity in Canada and relevant career opportunities.




Congrès - Repenser l’expérience d’enseignement et d’apprentissage, mai 2020


Date limite de l’appel à communications: 11 novembre


Nous vous invitons à soumettre une proposition de communication à ce congrès international. Faisons rayonner les projets et les recherches pédagogiques de l’Université McGill.



Discover McGill’s Primary Sources


November 11, 2:00 - 4:00pm


Did you know that the McGill Library has an extensive range of primary sources? This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the Library’s extensive range of primary sources - from historical documents, eye-witness accounts, images, and early printed maps, right up to modern archival papers, digital archives, and collections.





McGill in the Making: The Dawson Family at Home and Away


November 13, 5:00 - 7:30pm


The Dawson Family papers give a fascinating glimpse into the life of a 19th century McGill family ─ a group of geologists, influential socialites, and explorers. Join author and Professor Aritha Van Herk, and Alberto Manguel, for an exploration of the Dawson family and their role in shaping McGill, Montreal, and Canada.





Concept Mapping: Theory and Practice


November 15, 10:30 - 11:30am


Concept maps are graphical representations of knowledge that can be used to capture, organize, and communicate ideas. Come and learn about concept mapping, a technique with a strong theoretical background in learning psychology, and gain hands-on experience while designing your own map. We will explore the freely available IHMC CmapTools software




It Takes All of Us


To be completed by November 29


“It Takes All of Us: Creating a Campus Community Free of Sexual Violence” is an online learning program that is mandatory for everyone at McGill, including students, faculty and staff. This program is an essential piece of our campus-wide work on sexual violence prevention and response. The program, hosted on myCourses, takes about 45 minutes to complete. Academic staff have been granted access to the course as of mid-September, and administrative support staff will have access in January 2020.




Getting Started with myCourses


December 5, 2:00 - 4:00pm (Register here)

December 10, 2:00 - 4:00pm (Register here)


This workshop will familiarize you with some of the basic tools in myCourses so you can use them in the upcoming semester. Topics addressed include organizing your course content, setting up your grade book with assignments, and facilitating group interaction. Bring a laptop and your course outline (online or hard copy).





Supervisors: Join Us at TLS for Lunch!


December 6, 12:00 - 1:30pm


Are you curious about what winners of supervision awards have to say about their own experiences as supervisors? Would you like to know if you and your colleagues are facing similar challenges? Would you like to know what others do to help their supervisees succeed? Do you have strategies that you would like to share? TLS and GPS invite all supervisors to engage in meaningful conversations about graduate supervision.





Register for myCourse Essentials


Are you new to myCourses or in need of a refresher on some of its most commonly used features? If so, then sign up for myCourses Essentials, a newly unveiled online resource for instructors and course designers. myCourses Essentials provides an introduction to key features in myCourses, best practices for using myCourses, links to step-by-step instructions, and tutorials on some of the most commonly used tools.







Skills development 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.



Skills development for graduate students


SKILLSETS offers skill development opportunities to complement the research training provided by the academic experience at McGill. It is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.




Want to know what assignments students believe help them learn? So do we!


Please help us collect their examples by sharing the link to a survey in myCourses and in class. The examples will be used in resource materials and workshops for instructors.



Plan Your Year with Workshops, Webinars and More!


Looking for help with myCourses? Wondering how to write effective multiple choice questions? Thinking about implementing peer assessment? Check out the TLS calendar of instructional support offerings. Plan your year and register now!


Mid-course Evaluations


Mid-course evaluations, typically conducted between weeks 4 and 7 for regularly scheduled courses, allow you to receive feedback during the course while you are still able to make adjustments.


Add Questions to Your Course Evaluation


Instructors may add up to three questions to their course evaluation questionnaire. This is an opportunity for you to get feedback specific to your course context or your teaching, such as the use of new teaching strategies. For regularly scheduled courses, the question submission period is October 18 to November 4. You will receive an email when you are able to submit your questions.

Course evaluation dates:

        Default period: November 11 - December 22
        Condensed period: November 11 - December 4


The Wellness Hub


The new Student Wellness Hub provides students with health and wellness services and programming, health promotion activities, and more. Connect students to the help they need through our Virtual Hub website, our Health and Wellness Resource Map, and view Faculty/Staff Resources for tools to help you support your students’ well-being.


Reminder: Sign Up for Lecture Recording in Your Classroom


If you are teaching in a classroom that supports McGill’s Lecture Recording System and you wish to have your lectures made available for your students to review, be sure to sign up in myCourses. See Lecture recording equipped classrooms.


New Posts on Teaching for Learning @ McGill University


This blog, hosted by TLS, features posts by instructors, students, and anyone else in higher education we’re lucky enough to collaborate with. Join in conversations about teaching and learning!


Goodbye Windows, Make Way for Windows 10


Do you have a McGill Windows computer? In January 2020, support for Windows 7, including important security patches, will no longer be available. Upgrade to Windows 10 now by contacting your IT Support team.












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