December 1, 2018

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Strategies to Support Active and Collaborative Learning


December 18

9:30am - 12:00pm


Explore strategies to enhance student engagement, promote dialogue, and encourage deep learning. Discuss the rationale for active and collaborative learning, and examine methods for design and implementation in different types of courses. 


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Getting Started with myCourses


Various Dates: December through January


Familiarize yourself with some of the basic tools in myCourses so you're ready for the semester. Topics include organizing your course content, setting up your grade book, and facilitating group interaction. Bring a laptop and your course outline.


myCourses Drop-in Clinic 


Various Dates: December through January


These are not workshops, but rather allotted time where you can work on a course and receive help. You will receive a minimum of 15 minutes of one-on-one time and frequent check-ins for the duration of the clinic. 



Upcoming events



Keep or Shred? How to get Businesses to Start Valuing their Archives


December 5

5:30 - 7:30pm


As private legal entities, companies are under no legal obligation to save their historical material. How do we convince companies that they should invest in preserving historical materials and make those sources accessible to others? 


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Photo credit: Victor Tangermann


Strategies for Teaching Large Classes: One Instructor’s Experience


January 22

12:15 - 12:45pm


Have you ever felt limited by how you could provide feedback to students in a large class? Professor Becky Lentz talks with us about opportunities she created for interaction and feedback with her class of 200+ students. 


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Events for your students



Skills development workshops for undergraduate students


SKILLS21 is a workshop-based skills development program for undergraduate students. It provides opportunities for developing 21st century skills, values, and attitudes.


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Skills development for graduate students


SKILLSETS offers general, transferable, and professional skill development opportunities to complement the research training provided by the academic experience at McGill. Open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


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Writing and Presenting at the Graduate Level


Graphos offers 1-credit courses designed to help students develop clear and coherent manuscripts and oral presentations. With a pass/fail format, the courses have short assignments, draft/revision stages and personalized feedback to strengthen students' skills. Encourage your students to sign up in Minerva today!


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Resources and announcements




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!

  1. Strategy Bites: One minute paper
  2. Assessment for learning: Putting the pieces together with real-world assignments 
  3. Strategy Bites: Think-pair-share
  4. Assessment for learning: The art of asking good questions 
  5. Strategy Bites: Jigsaw






Course evaluations for Fall 2018

Students may complete their Mercury course evaluations from now until December 22 (December 5 for units following the condensed period).
Strategies to encourage student participation include:

  • Communicating the value of course evaluations;
  • Making announcements and reminding your students; and

  • Allowing students time in class to complete their course evaluations.

View a complete list of strategies to increase response rates. 


Video on implicit bias and constructive feedback in course evaluations

A short instructional video for students about implicit bias and ways to provide instructors with constructive feedback is now available. Please share this new resource with your students.







The Teaching Professor is now available through the McGill Library

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