April 16, 2015
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FEATURED EVENTS

“Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning” with Prof. Eric Mazur

May 4, 9:30-11:30am
Why is it that stellar students sometimes fail in the workplace while dropouts succeed? One reason is that most, if not all, of our current assessment practices are inauthentic. Harvard Professor Eric Mazur will discuss how we can rethink our approaches to assessment.
 

Introduction to Course Design and Teaching Workshop

May 7, 9:00am-5:00pm and May 12, 9:00am-1:00pm (1.5 days)
Would you like to (re)design one of your courses and enhance your teaching skills? Join a group of fellow faculty members led by facilitators from Teaching and Learning Services to discuss strategies for course design and teaching that focus on enhancing student learning.
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Policy on Safe Disclosure

This Policy provides for an impartial channel for the making of such good-faith reports, protection of those who make such reports from reprisals, and for the investigation and disposition of reports using, where possible, existing mechanisms.
EVENTS

Assessing Humanities Digital Research / Digital Scholarship - Part 1 & 2

April 28 & 30, 2:30-4:30pm 
In a world where Humanities scholars are urged to put their work into new digital forms, ensuring that these new modes of scholarly output are properly assessed is critical. This workshop will lay out the current conventions for assessing digital scholarship in the humanities. Please note that registration is for both Part 1 and Part 2. 

Great Teachers Seminar

June 7-11
If you are a post-secondary educator who seeks to enhance your teaching and ensure greater learning on the part of your students, then this is the perfect seminar for you. The National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Rockies is a unique and powerful opportunity to reflect on what great teaching is all about.
 
RESOURCES

Now online: Faculty symposium on the future of academic research

A recording of the proceedings from the Faculty symposium on the future of academic research libraries (held on March 18) is now available online.

Learn More About the myCourses Gradebook

What’s the difference between the calculated final grade and the adjusted final grade? How do I get the final grades from myCourses to Minerva? Learn more about the Gradebook tool in myCourses in this week’s post on the Teaching for Learning blog.
 
Request a one-on-one consultation to learn more about myCourses, clickers, or active learning classrooms.
 

Help us do IT better in 2015

McGill IT Services is conducting our 2nd annual survey on usage and satisfaction with technology services we provide, such as myCourses, email, software, and more. Last year your feedback helped validate decisions to provide Office 365 software and cloud storage solutions. Let us know how we can continue to improve your IT experience.

Summer 2015 courses available for instructors

You can start preparing your course site now for Summer 2015 in myCourses. Here are some useful resource links: If you would like your Summer 2015 sections to be crosslisted (merged) in myCourses, please contact itsupport@mcgill.ca.

Strategies to encourage participation in Course Evaluations

Students have until May 1 (or until April 15 for units following the condensed period) to complete their Course Evaluations. Strategies to encourage student participation include:
  • Emailing the class after the final assessment to congratulate them on finishing the semester and reminding them that course evaluations are still open;
  • Letting students know if you have granted permission to disseminate your numerical course evaluation results.
Questions? Contact mercury.info@mcgill.ca.

NEW: OneDrive cloud file storage for faculty & staff

As of March 30, 2015, all faculty and staff have access to Microsoft OneDrive for Business, providing 1 Terabyte of FREE file space on which to store both non-work related files and some work-related files. Access files from   anywhere – laptops, desktops, mobile. Share files with friends and colleagues.

Partners

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 teaching.tls@mcgill.ca or 514-398-6648.