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April 8, 2020

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Navigating the Remote Teaching Environment


Today, April 8, 12:15-12:45pm


The disruption caused by Covid-19 means some instructors may have to develop a new skillset to teach remotely. Many instructors are sharing their knowledge—often new found!—and experience. Join us for an opportunity to share your tips and learn from others how they navigate the remote teaching environment.


Join us on Zoom: mcgill.zoom.us/j/620618822 


Note: In order to access the webinars, you must first create an account by logging into http://mcgill.zoom.us with your McGill credentials.

Upcoming Events


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


Protect your Zoom sessions from “zoom-bombers”

Keep intruders out by: (1) Using the randomly generated meeting ID instead of a personalized one. (2) Only allowing users with a password to join the meeting. (3) Sharing the link to the Zoom session only in myCourses and not via email or social media. This way, only students enrolled in your class can access it.


Increase communication with your students

In an online environment, it can be easy for students to get lost and miss something you shared. At the same time, it can be difficult for you to know if students received and understood your communications. Share important information through more than one channel, such as Announcements and email in myCourses, and be even more explicit than usual when giving instructions of any kind.

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


Teaching Remotely: New Brief Guides


To quickly find information and new resources on the TLS website, check out these two brief guides:


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!


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, 2020Details



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 also assist in this process and help you locate materials to support your teaching.


Checked out items due between March 1 - June 14 automatically renewed to mid-June

The Library has automatically renewed all checked-out items that were originally due between March 1, 2020 and June 14, 2020. The new due date for these materials will be June 15. The Library’s physical branches are closed through May 1 in conformance with government and campus directives. No fines will be accrued during this time. If you have questions about your library account or our online services, please contact us.


Temporary Open and Free Resources

Many publishers are offering free access to some or all of their e-resources for a period of few months, and the Library has compiled an ever-changing list of them. Please visit often as this list is subject to change.


McGill Library Librarians are here to help

Connect directly with subject-specific liaison librarians for in-depth reference and search consultations. Chat, email, or text with a librarian weekdays from 10am to 6pm and weekends from noon to 5pm. 


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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