February 16, 2017
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The research paper: Engaging students with the writing process

March 16, 1:30-4:00pm

The research (term) paper is a core assignment at McGill, allowing students to reflect on meaningful questions and develop their own scholarly voices. In this workshop, we will explore how to design assignments that engage students and encourage them to develop their critical thinking skills. 




University Student Assessment Policy

All students have the right to fair and reasonable assessment of their work; the policy governs the type, timing and conditions of assessments. 


Virtual Conference - Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment

February 15-24
Teaching and Learning Services has purchased an institutional registration. Everyone is welcome to participate. Visit the conference website for the most up-to-date schedule of sessions.
TO JOIN, click “Join Session” to the left of the session title.
TO LOG IN, enter your First Name, Last Name, and McGill University. 



Financial Skills for the Real World Series

Next Workshop February 16, 6:30-8:30pm

Insurance & Estate Planning

Wondering if you have sufficient insurance coverage? Are you saving enough for your retirement? What are some of the key considerations when planning your estate? Then this workshop series is for you!



Disability, Access, and Universal Design

February 17, 9:30am-12:00pm

This workshop will provide an overview of the fast changing notions of disability, impairment and access. A series of interactive tasks structured around recent statistics concerning disability on campus will lead the participants to re-examine certain preconceptions about the nature of disabilities in higher education, the models for services and best designs for universal access.


Also in the series:

Indigenous Perspectives - February 20, 2:00-4:30pm

Race and Cultural Identity - March 7, 2:00-4:30pm

Prepping for your Lit Review: Organizing, Summarizing, and Critiquing Studies

March 2, 10:00-11:30am
Are your students just summarizing in a literature review? Do they feel overwhelmed by the amount of papers they found? Students can attend this workshop to learn how to efficiently keep track of authors’ relevant points, and critically comment on the literature so that their own voices shine through when writing their reviews.



Mid-Course Evaluations

Want to receive valuable feedback from your students during the term while it is still possible to make adjustments? Effective strategies include administering an online survey through myCourses, using Polling @ McGill, and having an in-class student-led forum.


Add Questions to your Course Evaluation

Instructors may add up to three questions to their course evaluation questionnaire. This is an opportunity to receive feedback specific to the course context or on particular areas of focus, such as new teaching strategies. Please submit your questions by March 10. 

Course Evaluation Dates for Winter 2017

  • Default Period: March 20 – April 30
  • Condensed Period: March 20 – April 12 (view units)

View list of strategies to encourage student participation. 

myCourses Tip: Using the Surveys Tool to Request Student Feedback

You can create Surveys in myCourses to obtain feedback from your students on any topic, such as course content, teaching strategies, and guest speakers. Using Surveys in myCourses allows you to collect data in the course space and allows you to maintain student anonymity. With access to multiple question formats, such as Likert-scale and branching questions, you have several options for collecting feedback.

IT Services 2017 Survey for Faculty and Staff

Since our last survey, in 2015, McGill IT Services has made improvements, such as moving Email to Office 365, introducing Polling @ McGill and expanding WiFi coverage outdoors. Let us know how we can better meet your needs now and in the future. 


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


SANS Video Library - Featured Module: Data Retention

This course is available to staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program. “Data Retention,” this week’s featured module, provides guidelines for good record management.

Already registered? Access the SANS Video library.

First time participant? Access the SANS Video Library self-registration instructions.

Learning to learn

Recent blog post from Teaching for Learning @ McGill University

Alexander Pope may have been addressing an audience of literary critics, but his message is just as applicable to both faculty and students. To judge fairly and wisely – he wrote – be humble, follow nature, and study deeply. So what does it mean to study deeply? 



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