September 2, 2015
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McGill University - Focus on Teaching

On behalf of the team at Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) and our partners, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the 2015-16 academic year! This is an exciting time of year—meeting new students, reconnecting with colleagues, exploring new teaching strategies, and setting goals. The Focus on Teaching infobulletin, issued twice a month, highlights upcoming events, teaching resources, and other information of interest 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

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. 

Research Ethics Workshops

Are you new to the research scene or interested in the ethical issues that emerge throughout the research process? The interactive series of Research Ethics Workshops will be taking place throughout the 2015-16 academic year and is the place to get acquainted with important ethical issues present in research. 

myCourses Webinar: Managing Electronic Assignment Submissions and Providing Feedback
September 23, 12:00-1:00pm

Are you receiving a stack of paper assignments from your class, or receiving a ton of emails of student submissions, late submissions and questions about the assignment? Attend our next webinar for a walk-through of how you can use the Assignments tool in myCourses to manage your assignments and to provide your students with valuable feedback. 

Beyond the Research Paper – new ways to get students writing 
October 1, 1:00pm-3:30pm (Mac Campus)

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 without creating piles of grading for instructors.

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)
REGISTER (October 15)

Preparing your Fall 2015 myCourses pages

Here are some useful resource links to get your myCourses site ready: 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.
Fill out the request form for a consultation or a workshop.

Sign your course up for lecture recording

If you are teaching in one of the following classrooms, you can schedule your Fall 2015 lectures to be recorded and made available to your students. Follow these instructions in the IT Knowledge Base. More customized options are available following the semester start sign up.

Multilingual Library Orientation Sessions

This September, the McGill Library will be offering library orientation sessions in multiple languages: English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Persian and Spanish.

Students will learn to:
  • Find information on the Library website
  • Use the Library Catalogue and Course Reserve
  • Access e-resources from off campus 

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:

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.