January 16, 2017
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Retractions, Post-Publication Peer Review, and Fraud: Scientific Publishing’s Wild West

February 3, 1:00-2:30pm

Retractions of scientific papers have grown ten-fold in the past decade. Dr. Ivan Oransky will discuss the reasons for this increase, whether fraud is on the rise, and the growth of post-publication peer review.



Bumps in the Road in Graduate Supervision: A conflict resolution discussion

February 7, 10:00am-12:00pm

The supervisory experience can present professors with many challenges including conflict and at times, ineffective resolution of such conflict.This workshop is designed to help supervisors build communication with supervisees and learn how to effectively prevent and manage conflict in their relationships.



The Importance of Being Honest

What are the issues of academic integrity that may affect your work with students?  Learn about resources available and actions you can take to ensure issues are handled appropriately. And, send them to Academic Integrity Day (Feb. 3) to learn more.

What the research says ...

While most courses involve outside-of-class reading assignments, instructors may notice students coming to class demonstrating various levels of preparation or familiarity with those readings. There are a number of approaches that instructors can use to address this. In this post, Dr. Huang summarizes four ways to help increase students’ engagement with their reading.


Understanding Discrimination

January 25, 9:30am-12:00pm

Designed specifically for the McGill context, this workshop will introduce 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.

Also in the series:

About Sexual Assault - February 2, 2:00-4:30pm


Research Integrity

January 25, 1:00-3:00pm

How familiar are you with general research integrity matters? This interactive workshop will provide you with an overview of the core principles that govern research integrity.




Know your rights: What to consider before you submit to a journal and sign a copyright transfer agreement

January 25, 2:30-3:30pm

what rights do you maintain? What can you do with your article once it’s published? This workshop will cover the main points to consider when submitting to a journal with regards to author rights.


Join us: The Lunch Spot

January 27, 12:00-1:30pm

Would you like to share a teaching idea with colleagues? Hear what other instructors are doing across the University to engage their students? Both new and returning instructors are invited to discuss these and other questions at the winter edition of The Lunch Spot.

Bring your lunch; homemade desserts will be provided.


Bumps in the Road in Graduate Supervision: A Conflict Resolution Discussion

February 7, 10:00am-12:00pm

As a professor, supervising graduate students is in most cases very rewarding. However, the supervisory experience can present professors with many challenges including conflict and at times, ineffective resolution of such conflict. If you would like to learn new strategies to improve communication with supervisees, you might be interested in this workshop.



Course Evaluation Results for Fall 2016

Course Evaluation results for the Fall semester are available in Mercury after grades are submitted and approved. Guidelines for Interpretation are available, including a comments analysis sheet and sample tables for reporting results.


New Mercury Features

A number of enhancements have been made to the Mercury Course Evaluation system. These include improvements to the display of results and the inclusion of standard deviations in reports.

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? 


myCourses Tip: Using Text Boxes 

Within myCourses, you can package links, videos and text together around a specific topic using the Text Box functionality. With the Text Box you can write descriptions for content and activities, write announcements and events, create HTML files, and more. Its formatting functionality, similar to Word, allows you to "Insert Stuff" such as embedded videos and images, as well as documents and HTML code. 

How to add readings to myCourses

The Library can help you make course readings available to your students at no cost with myCourses. It’s easy to link to the Library’s millions of articles and ebooks or to scan and upload chapters and articles directly to myCourses. 

Polling @ McGill: Sign up for the Winter semester

Instructors interested in using Polling @ McGill for the Winter semester must request licenses for their courses; please see the “Getting Started for Instructors” section of the Polling @ McGill website. This system, available as of the Fall 2016 semester at no charge to students and instructors, allows students to respond to questions from a personal device (smartphone, tablet, or laptop). As a reminder, physical clickers are no longer supported for in-class use.

SANS Video Library - Featured Module: Encryption

This course is available to all staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program. Check out “Encryption”, this week’s featured module, for guidelines on how to protect our sensitive data. 


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