September 1, 2016
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McGill University - Focus on Teaching



On behalf of Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) and our partners, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the 2016-17 academic year! This is an exciting time to meet new students, reconnect with colleagues, and explore new teaching strategies. I encourage you to read our Focus on Teaching infobulletin, issued twice a month, which highlights upcoming events, teaching resources, and other information to support your teaching at McGill. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions, share ideas, and send us your feedback by email at or phone, 514-398-6648.

Laura Winer
Director, Teaching and Learning Services


Fall 2016 Checklists and Resources

Below is a list of checklists and useful resources to help you prepare for teaching this fall:

Religious Holy Days

What kinds of accommodations should you make to ensure that the University environment allows students to fulfill both their university and their religious commitments? This document describes the procedures recommended at McGill. 


Mandatory Supervision

October 6, 12:00-2:00pm

Are you new to graduate supervision at McGill? Graduate student supervision training is mandatory for all new faculty members. Join us for this orientation session and learn about supervision policies, the McGill model of graduate supervision, and key resources to help you excel in your role as supervisor.

Research Ethics Workshops

Are you interested in discussing ethical issues that emerge throughout the research process? The interactive series of Research Ethics Workshops will be taking place throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Get acquainted with important ethical issues present in research. 

Understanding Discrimination: Frameworks and First Steps

September 21, 2:00-4:30pm or September 23, 9:30am-12:00pm
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.


View list of upcoming events and workshops


myCourses Tip: Creating Groups for your Teaching Assistants (TAs)

For a class with multiple TAs, use the Groups tool to put students into TA groups. Your TAs can focus on their group of students by filtering submissions, grades, and the Classlist. You can also compare grading statistics between TAs. 


Copyright in myCourses
Wondering how you can post readings on myCourses at no cost to your students while respecting copyright restrictions?

Classlist and Address Book - no longer available for students

These tools will remain available for Instructors and Teaching Assistants. When an instructor emails all students from the Classlist, students’ addresses will default to Bcc. Students can continue using the Mail tool but must manually enter the email address.


OneDrive files can now be accessed from myCourses!

You can now upload files directly from OneDrive from within myCourses.


New in myCourses - Fall 2016

The following tools have been renamed by the vendor based on user feedback. The change went into effect in myCourses on Aug 22.

  • Edit Course → Course Admin
  • News → Announcements
  • Pager → Instant Messenger
  • In Content,  New → Upload / Create

Request a consultation to learn more about myCourses and other educational technologies.

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. 

2016 McGill Library Faculty Guidebook now available

The McGill Library's annual Faculty Guidebook is a great resource for new and returning faculty members. It covers a wide range of topics including Liaison Librarians, author support, borrowing, copyright services, technology and more. Download it today!


Support Student Writing: Courses, Workshops, Tutorials

Concerned about the quality of your students’ written work? Spending too much time wading through unclear ideas or poor grammar? Help your students improve their academic writing skills by referring them to the McGill Writing Centre’s courses, workshops, and tutorial service. These services are available to both graduate and undergraduate students.


Polling@McGill: Upgrade to TurningPoint Cloud

This system is now available at no charge to students and instructors and allows students to respond to questions from a personal device (smartphone, tablet, laptop) rather than a physical handheld clicker. Physical clickers will no longer be supported for in-class uses. Sign up to use TurningPoint Cloud.  

SANS Video Library - Featured Module: Mobile Device Security

This course is available to all staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program. Check out “Mobile Device Security”(Module 6) , this week’s featured module, for recommended safety precautions.


Content and Collaboration Solutions (CCS) | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) | IT Customer Services (ICS) | McGill Library | Social, Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) | Student Services 

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

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