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Writing Effective Reference Letters for Student Fellowships


September 6

1:30 - 3:30pm


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


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myCourses support from Teaching and Learning Services


myCourses Drop-In Clinics

Looking for help setting up your myCourses sites? Interested in trying out different myCourses tools? Drop in for some one-on-one help from TLS. Bring a laptop and your course outline (online or hard copy). No registration required.


Getting Started with myCourses

This workshop will familiarize you with tools in myCourses. Topics addressed include organizing your course content, setting up your grade book, and facilitating group interaction.


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Events for your students



Leading Effective Discussions


Facilitation Essentials
August 22, 9:30am - 1:00pm


Advanced Facilitation
August 29, 9:30am - 1:00pm


Students who wish to improve their facilitation of group discussions, and leadership, presentation and communication skills are a perfect fit for these two workshops! If you know any students who fit this description, encourage them to register. 


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Graduate Orientation


August 27 - 31


Orientation is a great time for all new graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to familiarize themselves with the University and find answers to burning questions. Events during this period include (among others) Academic Expectations week, Grads Connect, the Discover McGill Services Fair, the PGSS BBQ, and the Mac Campus Orientation. Please let your students know about these events. 


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Writing and Presenting at the Graduate Level


Courses begin September 10


This fall, Graphos is offering 1-credit courses designed to help students develop clear and coherent manuscripts and oral presentations. With a pass/fail format, the courses have short assignments, draft/revision stages and personalized feedback to strengthen students' work. Courses tend to fill up in September, so encourage your students to sign up now in Minerva!      


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Resources and announcements





Teaching in a large classroom? Practice using the A/V!

Teaching in a large classroom? Prepare yourself the week before classes begin by attending one of our drop-in sessions. Bring your laptop, display dongles, wireless microphone, presentation slides, teaching props and try out the equipment, and perhaps meet other peers teaching in the same physical environment. If this fits the bill, sign up here.


Helping students in difficulty

Course instructors sometimes come across students experiencing difficulties, and helping a student can be challenging. If you’re concerned about a student, the Helping Students in Difficulty folder is a guide for what to do and whom to contact in emergencies, crises, and worrisome or difficult situations.



Pulse mobile app for myCourses

Did you know that myCourses has a mobile app where students can get quick access to content, due dates, and grades, and subscribe to announcements and discussions? Check out the Pulse app on iOS or Android.



Photo: Victor Tangermann

Bite-size Ideas for Getting Students Active in their Learning

Over the coming weeks, this new blog series will present “Strategy Bites”—a series of easy-to-implement strategies illustrated with 2-3 minute videos. Stay tuned for some practical ideas! Read more.



Library seeking faculty participants for interviews about the Library catalogue

The Library is seeking faculty members who are users of the library catalogue(s) to participate in semi-structured interviews about their use of the catalogue and to provide feedback on the upgraded catalogue. For more information,  click here. Interested in taking part? Questions? Please email




Course Reserves 

As part of the WorldCat Discovery upgrade, all course reserves for the 2018-2019 academic year will be accessible solely on WorldCat Discovery. Course reserves requests: Please note that there is no change in process for instructors submitting course reserves for the upcoming academic year. Place requests here.




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