February 15, 2018

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Events and resources to enhance your teaching



Bumps in the road in graduate supervision


February 20

1:00 - 3:00pm


This workshop is designed to help supervisors build communication with supervisees and learn how to effectively prevent and manage conflict in their relationships.


Register here →






Virtual Conference: 
Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment


Until February 23


The 9th annual conference will present 60 one-hour live, interactive sessions and provide an opportunity to engage with education professionals from around the world. Teaching and Learning Services has purchased an institutional registration


Schedule and video conferencing instructions →





Crowdsourcing social justice


February 20

10:00am - 5:30pm


Drop in, make change! February 20 is the United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice. Crowdsourcing Social Justice is a one-day event filled with workshops, lectures, and collaborative activities to promote equality and remove barriers due to do gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.


Full schedule of events here →



Customize your Course Evaluations (Webinar)


February 27

12:00 - 12:45pm


You may not be aware that instructors can add up to three questions to their Mercury end-of-course evaluation questionnaires. Attend this webinar to learn how to design questions that will allow you to obtain meaningful student feedback


Register here →





The fierce urgency of now: Equity and anti-racism in uncertain times


February 21

6:00 - 8:30pm


Join us for a special lecture by Professor Malinda S. Smith, co-author of The Equity Myth: Racilization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities (UBC Press, 2017). 


More info and RSVP →









Science Action: Voting now open!


Voting ends March 2


Public voting is open for the NSERC Science, Action! competition. Seven members of the McGill community have made it to the final round. Show them your support!


View the submissions here →






Sustaining Motivation: Engaging students in their learning (Webinar)


February 22

12:15 - 1:15pm 


How can you help students develop expertise? How can you help students stay interested in what they are learning? Join us for this webinar, which will address these questions and offer ideas on selecting teaching strategies based on how students learn.


Register here →








Call for proposals: 2018 SALTISE Conference


Deadline: March 20


Proposals are welcomed for the 2018 SALTISE conference. The theme of the conference, which will be held at McGill, is Disruptive innovations: Changing educational landscapes. 


Learn more here →




Mid-Course evaluations

Want to receive valuable feedback from your students during the term while it is still possible to make adjustments to your teaching? Effective strategies include administering an anonymous survey through myCourses; asking questions anonymously using Polling @ McGill; and having an in-class, student-led feedback forum. Questions? Contact mercury.info@mcgill.ca



Add questions to your course evaluation

Deadline: March 12

Instructors may add up to three questions to their course evaluation questionnaire. This is an opportunity to receive feedback specific to the course context or your teaching, such as new teaching strategies. 





myCourses tip: Auto-grading open-ended quiz questions

You may want to grade open-ended quiz questions automatically for completion rather than for correctness. It is possible to do this so that anything a student enters in the answer box receives full points.


Evidence-based teaching guides: Group work

This guide presents research studies and resources related to group work. Links to key articles are accompanied by condensed summaries organized by teaching challenges, and actionable advice is provided in an instructor checklist.





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