August 19, 2015
Visit our archives.
McGill University - Focus on Teaching

Writing Effective Reference Letters for Student Fellowships

August 28, 10:00am-12:00pm
Professors are often asked to write letters of reference by students applying for awards and employment. While time-consuming and sometimes difficult, a strong reference letter can change the outcome of an application. This workshop will help you write effective letters for all situations, and even handle unreasonable requests.

Teaching Checklists

Teaching a course can seem overwhelming if you don’t have a good sense of the steps involved and the resources available. Visit the following checklists to get ready the upcoming semester:

Breaking the ice – 5 tips for getting your discussions started in myCourses

Looking for recommendations on creating engaging online discussions? Check out the latest post in the Teaching for Learning @ McGill University blog for ideas on running icebreaker activities and setting guidelines.

Safer Spaces: Understanding Discrimination

October 7, 9:30am-12:00pm or October 15, 2:00-4:30pm
Designed specifically for the McGill context, this workshop will expose participants to a number of concepts related to equity and discrimination. During this session, participants will examine ways that unconscious or unintended bias can work its way into everyday interactions.
REGISTER: October 7, October 15

Fall 2015 course sites available for instructors in myCourses

Prepare your course site now for Fall 2015 in myCourses. Here are some useful resource links: If you would like your Fall 2015 sections to be crosslisted (merged) in myCourses, please contact

Support for myCourses and other teaching technologies
Teaching and Learning Services offers one-on-one consultations and custom group workshops on the following topics:
  • myCourses
  • Student response systems (clickers)
  • Active learning classrooms
  • Videoconferencing
  • Classroom audiovisual technology.

Interpretation of Course Evaluation Results

Resources and help are available for interpreting your course evaluation results, including documents to help you make sense of your numerical results and written comments. Questions? Contact

Cloud Data Storage Directive

When it comes to data security, not all cloud services are equal. McGill IT Services would like to remind you to review the Cloud Data Storage Directive to ensure that you are storing institutional data responsibly. 


Content and Collaboration Solutions (CCS) | IT Customer Services (ICS) | McGill Library | Social, Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) | Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

If you have comments about this e-bulletin, or require additional information about the above, please contact us at or 514-398-6648.