December 19, 2016
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Mandatory Orientation for New McGill Supervisors

January 19, 10:00am-12:00pm

This orientation session will provide you with an overview of the policy framework for supervision at McGill, best practices in graduate supervision, and key resources. The session provides an opportunity to ask questions and discuss solutions to common issues, which will inform your practice as a supervisor. 


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.



McGill’s 3MT/MT180 Competition

Deadline to submit: January 9, 2017

Promote the 3MT/MT180 to your graduate students.

Participating in the competition will give them skill building opportunities as they communicate their leading-edge research to a non-specialist audience. The challenge … they will have only three minutes and a single slide to do so.


Course Preparation and Design: Teaching Checklist and Course Outline Guide

What are the required and recommended elements of a course outline? The Teaching Checklist and Course Outline brief guide will help you prepare a useful document for both you and your students.


Recent blog post from Teaching for Learning @ McGill University

“According to [Prof. Andrew Hendry], since information is easy to access nowadays, what distinguishes a good teacher from a mediocre one is whether he or she is able to inspire the students and make them feel sad when the class is over.” 


Strategies to increase student participation in Course Evaluations

For academic units following the default period, students have until December 22 at 11:59pm to complete their Course Evaluations. Please remind your students to complete their Course Evaluations.

Exporting final grades manually from myCourses to Minerva 

While you can release students’ final grades within myCourses at the end of term, these grades are not official. You must enter the final grades into Minerva afterwards. You can easily export final grades from myCourses into an excel sheet, and then copy/paste these into Minerva. Once numerical grades are approved by your department, they will be converted to official letter grades. 

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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