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April 22, 2020

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Are you preparing to teach remotely?

Participate in TLS’ upcoming webinars to get practical pedagogical strategies for engaging students in your courses, even at a distance. 


Creating a remote learning environment that is manageable for you and your students

April 23, 12:15 - 12:45pm  

Teaching and learning remotely is new for many of us. This webinar will address strategies for making remote teaching and learning manageable for you and your students.  


Promoting community and well-being in a remote learning environment

April 27, 12:15 - 12:45pm 

In this webinar, we will share strategies for helping students feel connected and part of a classroom community in a remote learning environment.


Links to access the webinars are posted on this page.


Upcoming Events


Check out the Art Hive Live: While Were Apart, Lets Make Art - Together!


Join us on Facebook Live for creative activities using materials you already have at home to help ease your mind during this challenging time.


Enhancing Your Wellness with Daily Zen in 10


Join us for Zen in 10 weekdays at 12pm and 5pm, and participate in a short, online mindfulness or relaxation exercise that you can integrate into your daily routine to cope with stress and reduce feelings of anxiety.


Tips for Teaching Remotely


Promote ongoing student engagement


Engage your students in learning with reflection strategies such as minute papers and exit cards. Have students respond in myCourses or via email to different prompts: “In lecture x, I learned …,” “I want to learn more about …,” and “I’m still unclear about ....”


Create an online presence


Make the remote learning experience more personal and welcoming for your students by creating an online profile in myCourses. Include a short bio and an image, or post a 60-second video about yourself.


Share your experience


Did you teach in the Winter 2020 term? Please complete this 5-minute confidential survey on your experience teaching remotely by April 27th. This will help TLS to support instructors preparing to teach in the summer term.  


Resources & Announcements


Planning your Summer 2020 courses?


TLS has redesigned its Teaching Remotely During a Time of Disruption website to include current and easy-to-access information. You’ll find resources for teaching and assessment strategies, as well as guidance on selecting appropriate tools to implement these strategies. Check out the Teaching Remotely Brief Guide!


Prepare your teaching portfolio


To get started on writing about your teaching approach, reflect on your teaching and learning experiences. This can help you describe how your beliefs and values inform your teaching methods. More information and sample McGill portfolios are here.


Zoom Privacy and Security: Myth vs Reality


As Zoom usage has increased during recent weeks, so has concern over privacy and cybersecurity. If you are using this web conferencing platform, take the time to read McGill IT’s article about how they are mitigating specific concerns raised by the McGill community.


Health and Wellness Resources


If you are looking for online off-campus support for mental health, fitness, mindfulness, and more, check out the Student Wellness Hub’s page for recommended support off-campus!


Looking for information on revised grading and assessment policies for Winter 2020?


See the Adjusted Academic Measures page: “Rather than determine a singular way forward, the possible adjustments take into account the complexities our students face, and are presented as a basket of options so that each student can be empowered to make choices that fit their unique situation.”


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!


Library Updates


Liaison Librarians are here to help

Connect directly with your subject-specific liaison librarian via email if you need help with in-depth reference questions and research.


Teaching Services

Instructors at McGill can visit the Library’s Teaching Services page for step-by-step instructions on how to create persistent links in WorldCat Discovery. Your liaison librarian can also assist in this process and help you locate materials to support your teaching.


Reporting Scanned myCourses Readings


To ensure access to course materials, Copibec has increased scan limit from 15% to 35%. All scans must be reported.


POSTPONED: VPN access will soon require Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) 


The mandatory implementation of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on McGill’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) has been postponed until May 5, 2020.



Cancellation of TLS In-person Workshops


TLS in-person workshops have been cancelled through June due to the Covid-19 disruption. We are exploring alternative workshop formats. In the meantime, you can always look for teaching resources on the TLS web page for instructors.












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