March 15, 2017
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McGill's 3MT/MT180 Competition

Still on today from 1:00-3:00pm

Join us! The 3MT competition features McGill graduate students giving three-minute presentations about their research and their impact on the community to a diverse non-specialist audience. You will also be able to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. 


Beyond the research paper: New ways to get students writing

March 28, 9:30-11:30am
Integrating writing assignments into undergraduate courses can increase students’ engagement and promote critical thinking. Attend this workshop to develop writing assignments that get students thinking critically without creating an overwhelming amount of grading for instructors. 



Rights of Students with Disabilities

McGill strives to provide an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students. Various support services and accommodations are available and coordinated by the Office for Students with Disabilities.  

What the research says...

How can we integrate short written assignments in courses to help students develop their critical thinking and writing skills? McMillan (2014) shares a variety of approaches, along with descriptions of writing assignments from international relations courses that can be adapted to other disciplines. 


Introduction to Rayyan for Systematic Reviews

March 23, 2:00pm
Schulich Library eZone (Room 313), Macdonald-Stewart Library Building
Rayyan is a free web-tool designed to help researchers working on systematic reviews and other knowledge synthesis projects, and dramatically speeds up the process of screening and selecting studies. In this workshop, we will introduce Rayyan, demonstrate a sample workflow and discuss the tool's strengths and weaknesses. The workshop will be led by librarians with expertise in knowledge synthesis projects and will include a question and answer session. 



Advanced Endnote

March 28, 2:30pm
If you have already taken the Endnote Essentials class and now want to take your skills to the next level, this is the workshop for you! We will cover collaborative working and library sharing, advanced Microsoft Word features, how to search databases from within Endnote, advanced deduplication, how to create or modify your own citation style, and other advanced techniques.


World Voice Day Events

March 28, 5:00-6:00pm: Workshop: Caring for Your Voice

April 3, 2:30-6:00pm: Voice Screening

April 8, 2:00-4:30pm: Voice Seminar


Does your throat feel tired, feel sore or even disappear after teaching? Register for a workshop and seminar to learn what causes voice problems and how vocal warm-up exercises can help prevent vocal injury. In April, have your voice screened to learn about the current condition of your voice. 


Course Design Workshop

May 16 & 18 (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.




Course Evaluations for Winter 2017 are opening soon!

Students will be able to complete their Course Evaluations from March 20 until April 30 (April 12 for units following the condensed period). Strategies to encourage student participation include:

  • Providing concrete examples of how you have used previous student feedback;
  • Showing this video in class on why students should complete their course evaluations; and
  • Allowing students time in class to complete their course evaluations.

View the complete list of strategies to increase response rates. 


myCourses Tip: Entering Grades in the Grades tool

In myCourses, you can set up assignments, quizzes and discussions to automatically send grades to the grade book; however, you can also enter scores manually using the Grades tool. This works for Numeric Grade Items, Text Grade Items, Pass/Fail Grade Items, and the Final Adjusted Grade.

CRKN Journal Usage Survey

McGill Library is inviting you to participate in a national survey of faculty from 23 Canadian universities on their usage of electronic resources. The survey builds on the work of Dr. Vincent Larivière at the Université de Montréal, and is being coordinated by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). The survey, which asks you to identify the journals you and your colleagues deem to be essential to your research and teaching activities, contains five questions and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. For further information on the project, click here



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