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Events and resources to enhance your teaching



Using peer assessment to make teamwork work


Have you ever assigned students a team project that ended in conflict within the groups and students complaining about peers not pulling their weight? Or are you looking for ideas on how to design a team project in a pedagogically sound way? Then these events are for you!



Course Design Workshop


May 14 & 17 (two full days)


Would you like to (re)design one of your courses and enhance your teaching skills? Join a group of fellow faculty members led by facilitators from Teaching and Learning Services to discuss strategies for course design and teaching that focus on enhancing student learning. Spaces are limited; register before May 2nd.


Register here




Accessibility@McGill webinar: Educational technologies in the classroom 


April 5

4:00 - 4:45pm

Multimedia and technology allow instructors to incorporate flexibility into their classrooms while also engaging their students. Learn all about user-friendly teaching tools that you can use to create a more accessible and inclusive classroom!


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Interactive Data Visualizations using R and ggvis

April 6

2:00 - 3:30pm

This workshop explains how to create interactive data visualizations using R’s ggvis package. Visualizations will be based on a subset of the Quebec healthcare data compiled during the Quebec healthcare mapping workshops. 

Register here →


2018 Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence Nyla Matuk

April 12

5:00 - 7:00pm

Join us for a reading of new and selected poems by Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence Nyla Matuk.

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The Eyes Have It: An Appreciation of Casey Wood’s Contribution to Ophthalmology, Ornithology & McGill Library


April 20 

1:00 - 5:00pm


Dr. Casey Wood helped to build two of McGill’s major library collections, the Osler and the Blacker Wood, among the finest collections of their kind in the world. Join scholars from McGill, UQAM and Queens to explore Wood’s own important research in bird vision and ornithology, and his stunning legacy of rare books and manuscripts.

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Beyond the Rainbow: The Spectacular Colours of Birds


April 21

1:00 - 3:00pm


Have you ever wondered how a bird sees the world? Is a yellow bird really yellow through a bird’s eyes? Birds can see much that is invisible to humans: colours, motion, and details. Ornithologist Robert Montgomerie will reveal how research on bird colouration changes our understanding of how birds see the world. 

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Feedback strategies: Engaging students in dialogue


May 1

9:30am - 12:00pm


Providing feedback to undergraduate students on their writing assignments can be a complex, time-consuming and thankless task. This workshop focuses on feedback strategies for essays and research (term) papers that engage students with feedback and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their learning before, during, and after assignments.


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CAGS 3MT regional final


April 18

1:00 - 3:00pm


Universities from Quebec and the Eastern provinces are sending their Three Minute Thesis winners to McGill for the CAGS Eastern Regional Competition. You can join in and cheer these incredible speakers on as they present their research in 3 minutes and compete for cash prizes!


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Leading effective discussions


Advanced Facilitation 

April 4 or May 11

1:00 - 4:30pm


Facilitation Essentials
May 3

9:30am - 1:00pm


This suite of events is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students to improve their facilitation of group discussions, andf leadership, presentation and communication skills!


Artists among us: Scientists edition


Submissions due April 6


Artists Among Us, the Scientists Edition will celebrate the Gault Nature Reserve’s 60th Anniversary with a forest-themed exhibition to take place this summer. All mediums are welcome. Please contact susan.molnar@mcgill.ca by April 6th to express your interest.





Strategies to encourage student participation in MERCURY course evaluations

Encourage students to complete their course evaluations before May 2nd (April 16th for units following the condensed period) by providing concrete examples of how you have used previous student feedback and allowing students time in class to complete their evaluations. View a list of strategies to increase response rates. 


Printing multiple versions of exams

You may need a PDF or paper copy of a Quiz created in myCourses. It is possible to create multiple, random versions of Quizzes and to print them from myCourses.



Helping students in difficulty

Course instructors sometimes come across students experiencing difficulties, and helping a student can be challenging. If there is concern for a student, the Helping Students in Difficulty folder is a guide for what to do and whom to contact in emergencies, crises, and worrisome or difficult situations.



Seed library now open

Offering gardening resources and more than 200 varieties of flowers, herbs and vegetable seeds (70+ more varieties than last year!), the Macdonald Campus Seed Library is free and open to all members of the McGill community. Register in person at the Macdonald Campus Library or online. Check out our gardening resources, browse our seed catalogue, and request seeds using our online borrowing system. You can also have your seeds sent to the McGill library branch of your choice.




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