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April 15, 2020

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Featured Events




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. 


Shifting in-person teaching and assessment strategies to a remote learning environment

April 21, 12:15 - 12:45pm 

In this webinar, we will look at choosing and implementing teaching and assessment strategies to help students achieve course learning outcomes.


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 will be posted soon to 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.


Check out COVID-19 Virtual Information Sessions


The Student Wellness Hub Nursing Team is offering live webinars twice a week to help you and your students better understand COVID-19. We will provide up-to-date information and dispel common myths. Check this web page for links to the webinars.

Tips for Teaching Remotely


Providing comments with the Grades tool in myCourses

In addition to entering grades, the Grades tool enables you to enter comments on students’ assignments and exams. For instructions on providing feedback to individual students, see “Entering comments for an item.” To provide the whole class with the same comments, see “Entering overall comments for an item.”


“Reading the room” in Zoom

Students may choose to turn their video off during Zoom sessions, which makes it impossible for instructors to “read the room.” How can you know if students get what you’re saying? Or if they’re confused? Show your students how to use feedback icons to give non-verbal feedback. Students can respond with check marks, thumbs up/down, go slower/faster, or even (silent) clapping. You can also poll your students using Zoom or Polling@McGill.


Share your experience


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


For Your Students


Remote Learning Resources

Let students know about these resources to help them stay on track while continuing their studies remotely. Post the link in your myCourses sites!


FAQs for Teaching Assistants

Wondering how the transition to remote teaching affects your Teaching Assistant responsibilities? Check out Remote Teaching and Learning: FAQs for Teaching Assistants.

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.


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.”


Reporting Scanned myCourses Readings


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


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!


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.



Library Updates


Access the Librarys Teaching Services Page for Instructional Resources and 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 assist with this process and help you locate materials to support your teaching.


COVID-19 | Latest information about Library services 

A new web page outlines the latest information regarding the Library’s services and collections during the COVID-19-related closures. It includes relevant links, news, and Frequently Asked Questions.


New LibGuide | Network Analysis & Data Visualization for Humanities and Social Sciences

A new LibGuide geared towards researchers in digital humanities and digital scholarship offers a wide range of network analysis and data visualization tools.


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.


McGill Zoom backgrounds now available

Some library-themed and campus Zoom backgrounds have been created to help the community feel connected while working remotely. Please feel free to use the backgrounds or share the blog post link with your students and colleagues.



Discipline-specific Resources for Remote Instruction


TLS has compiled these resources from various online postings related to teaching in higher education.



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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