March 2, 2015
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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Evaluation and Feedback in Large Classes

March 17, 12:00-1:15 PM
Peer Review with Undergrads: Promoting an Understanding of Academic Writing
A peer review assignment with 450+ students? Where a portion of the grade is determined by peers? Professor Lawrence Chen will share his thoughts on the pedagogy and logistics related to his experience implementing a peer review writing assignment, as well as his students’ reflections.

Recognizing and Supporting Students At-Risk

March 17, 3:00-5:00 PM
In this workshop, facilitators will present information to help you identify evidence of mental health problems, primarily in graduate students, and to decide when and where to refer a student.

We will consider strategies for effective boundary setting and discuss the resulting mutual benefits for supervisors and supervisees. Each participant will be asked to discuss some hypothetical experiences during this workshop. 
Sign in to Minerva, click on ‘Registration for GPS Graduate Workshop’ and register for GPS 412.

Call for nominations: Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching

The Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching recognizes the commitment to and the importance of teaching in the academic experience of students at McGill. Faculties are encouraged to put forward candidates in each rank: Faculty Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor.

McGill’s 3rd MOOC has begun - The Body Matters 

The Body Matters (BODY101x) is hosted on the edX platform. This course is 10 weeks long and focuses on benefits of physical activity, how to prevent injuries as well as what to do when an injury occurs. Join the more than 23,000 students from over 180 countries who have already enrolled.

Safer Spaces Workshops

SEDE, in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services, First Peoples' House, and the Office for Students with Disabilities, offers Safer Spaces, a regular schedule of training for staff, faculty, and graduate students.

Consent and Sexual Assault – Raising Awareness
March 9, 2:00-4:30 PM

Race & Cultural Identity
March 19, 2:00-4:30 PM

Faculty Symposium on the Future of Academic Research Libraries

March 18, 8:30am–12:30pm
Faculty members are invited to attend a half-day symposium featuring thought leaders with extensive experience in the scholarly publishing and research library world who will address the changing environment for academic research libraries and the evolving role of digital and print collections. Live streamed here.
RSVP required: or call 514-398-5711. 

Writing Effective Reference Letters for Student Fellowships

March 27, 10:00-12:00 PM
Professors are often asked to write letters of reference by students applying for awards and employment. While time-consuming and sometimes difficult, a strong reference letter can change the outcome of an application. This workshop will help you write effective letters for all situations, and even handle unrealistic requests.
Sign in to Minerva, click on the ‘Registration for GPS Graduate Workshop’ link and register for GPS 325

Digital Scholarship workshops

The McGill Digital Humanities Institute and the Library will be offering several workshops covering various digital scholarship approaches.  Each workshop will have a different focus to address different needs of faculty, researchers, clinician-scientists, post-doctoral scholars, and PhDs.

Topics include:
  • Data Visualization for Humanities Research 
    March 17, 2:30 - 4:30 PM
  • Assessing Humanities Digital Research / Digital Scholarship
    April 28 (Part 1) & April 30 (Part 2), 2015, 2:30 - 4:30 PM


Supporting Students in Distress

April 1, 9:30am–12:00pm
Academic performance can bring up many emotions for students. How can you, as a faculty member, identify and respond appropriately to students who withdraw or behave in a distressed, disruptive, or dangerous manner? This workshop will present a model of appropriate and simple actions that you can take.
Please note that space is limited.

Add Questions to your Mercury Course Evaluation Questionnaire

You can submit up to 3 additional questions to your Mercury end-of-course evaluation; the deadline is Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Recommended questions are available here. If you have any questions or feedback about the new webform, please contact

myCourses Tips of the Week: Discussions and Content 

Did you know that you can enable up-voting and down-voting on discussion posts in myCourses? You can also embed videos directly in the Content tool. We’ve created a new series on our Teaching for Learning @ McGill blog to help you maximize the resources available to you and your students in myCourses.   Click here to request a consultation or workshop. 

Mid-Course Evaluations

Want to receive valuable feedback from your students during the term? Effective strategies include setting up an anonymous discussion board, administering an online survey through myCourses, and having an in-class student-led forum. Questions? Contact

McGill Shuttle Bus Tracker

This new mobile-friendly website uses Google Maps to show you the location of each bus along its route from Macdonald campus to downtown.  Point your browser to Click on the colorful icons to find out how fast the bus is moving.


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