September 15, 2016
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Join us at The Lunch Spot

September 30, 12:00-1:30pm

Would you like to share a teaching idea with colleagues? Hear what other instructors are doing across the University to engage their students? Both new and returning instructors are invited to discuss these and other questions at the fall edition of The Lunch Spot. Bring your lunch; homemade desserts will be provided.


Critical Analysis and Student Engagement: Social Media Strategies

October 17, 12:00-1:15pm

Looking for an assignment to get your students thinking critically and creatively? Join us to discuss how social media can be used across disciplines to promote active learning and build digital literacy skills. The event will feature short presentations from instructors and students, followed by a discussion period.




Course Outline Brief Guide

What are the required and recommended elements of a course outline? This brief guide will help you prepare a useful document for both you and your students. 


What the research says…

Are your students submitting any of their assignments online this term?
Leibold and Schwarz (2015) offer suggestions about providing quality feedback that can enhance student learning, for instructors whose students sometimes submit work for feedback in electronic format. They share best practice principles for providing feedback, with examples. This article also describes various media for providing feedback, including written comments, audio-recordings, videos, automated feedback, and even web-based conferencing.



Understanding Discrimination: Frameworks and First Steps

September 21, 2:00-4:30pm or September 23, 9:30am-12:00pm
Designed specifically for the McGill context, this workshop will provide participants with a number of concepts related to equity and discrimination. During this session, participants will examine ways that unconscious or unintended bias can work its way into everyday interactions.


Science Literacy Week @ McGill 2016

September 19 to 25

McGill Library, the Office for Science & Society, Let’s Talk Science McGill and the Redpath Museum, in collaboration with the McGill Writing Centre, have planned a wide range of activities across both campuses, including a lecture by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, 3D printer workshops, a visit to the beehives at Mac, a science of Star Trek exhibit, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on women in science and more!


Research Ethics Workshops

Are you interested in discussing ethical issues that emerge throughout the research process? The interactive series of Research Ethics Workshops will be taking place throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Get acquainted with important ethical issues present in research. 

Designing Effective Multiple-Choice Questions

October 28, 9:30-12:00

Would you like to improve the quality of your Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)? Would you like to learn how to use MCQs to assess higher order thinking skills, such as application and analysis? If so, join a group of fellow instructors for a workshop about the principles of well-designed multiple-choice questions.



View list of upcoming events and workshops


myCourses Tip: Customizing your NavBar

The Navigation Bar (“NavBar”) contains the most commonly used tools such as Content, Assignments, and Grades. Customize your NavBar by adding links to important tools such as Groups and Quizzes and to external resources. Streamline navigation by removing links to tools you are not using. You can even create drop-down menu “link groups.”


Access to WebCT

The legacy LMS (WebCT) is being phased out. For instructors who wish to access content from a WebCT course for use in the new myCourses system, please submit the WebCT Migration Request form.


Request a consultation to learn more about myCourses and other educational technologies. Visit the index of documentation for instructors using myCourses.


Get the most out of Office 365 – training videos now available

Microsoft Office 365 is a bundle of cloud-based services that’s free for students, faculty and staff. It includes the Microsoft Office ProPlus suite of applications, as well as OneDrive for Business, Video, Yammer and much more. Watch our new training videos posted on Video @ McGill and get the most out of Microsoft Office 365!  


IT Security Reminder: Log off after using classroom computers

With the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester upon us, McGill IT Services would like to remind you of the importance of logging off from your Windows session on all campus computers, including podium PCs used during teaching sessions. 1) Click the Windows Start menu; 2) Click the arrow next to Shut down; 3) Select Log off.

SANS Video Library - Featured Module: Passwords

This course is available to all staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program. Check out “Passwords”, this week’s featured module, for recommended tips on creating and protecting passwords.


MyResearch Graduate Seminar Series

Do your students have the research skills to succeed in the rapidly changing world of information and scholarly publishing? As part of SKILLSETS, the McGill Library offers a four-part seminar series, MyResearch, tailored to graduate and postdoctoral students. Support your students and make sure that they take advantage of MyResearch today! 



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