January 6, 2015
McGill University - Focus on Teaching

Happy New Year! Our mission at Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) is simple: to support McGill as a community of people who love to teach and are excited to learn. We are proud to present you with our newly redesigned Focus on Teaching bulletin. This twice-monthly resource will highlight upcoming events, teaching resources, and other information of interest to support your teaching at McGill. Please do not hesitate to contact us at tls@mcgill.ca or 514-398-6648 with any questions or suggestions.

Laura Winer
Director, Teaching and Learning Services


Featured Event: Strategies to Support Active and Collaborative Learning

January 29, 10:00-12:00 PM
In this workshop we will explore strategies to enhance student engagement, promote dialogue, and encourage deep learning. During the workshop you will experience a range of new strategies through demonstrations and peer sharing, and develop a plan to incorporate selected strategies into your courses.

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.
  1. Understanding Discrimination
    January 29, 9:30-12:00 PM
  2. Disability, Access, and Universal Design
    February 3, 9:30-12:00 PM

Designing Effective Multiple Choice Questions

February 6, 9:30-12:00 PM
Would you like to improve the quality of your Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)? Would you like to learn how to use MCQs to assess higher order thinking skills such as application and analysis? If so, join a group of fellow instructors for a workshop about the principles of well-designed multiple-choice questions. 

New Kanopy Video Streaming Service

The Library has recently introduced the new video streaming service, Kanopy. Kanopy’s award-winning collection includes the Criterion Collection, PBS, Kino Lorber, California Newsreel and hundreds of other leading producers. You can create clips or teaching playlists and embed them into your course system.

Teaching Checklists


Fall 2014 Course Evaluation Results and Interpretation

Course evaluation results are available here when final grades have been submitted and approved. Please visit our Guidelines for Interpretation of course evaluation results. If you have any questions, please contact mercury.info@mcgill.ca.

Consultations and Workshops: myCourses, Clickers, Active Learning Classrooms, Classroom A/V

Need help with, or advice about, using technology to enhance your teaching? Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) offers one-on-one consultations and group workshops on using myCourses, clickers, active learning classrooms, and classroom A/V technology. Click here to request a consultation or workshop. 

Do you know how to use the AV equipment in your classroom?

Find out what equipment is available to you and how to operate it. Go to the classroom AV instructions tool to see photos of your room, a list of equipment, and step-by-step instructions.

Lecture Recording

The lecture recording service has been improved with two new features: viewing recording statistics and an integrated student / instructor interface. Additionally, the sign-up procedure has been simplified. Follow these instructions in the IT Knowledgebase to sign up to record your lectures and make them available to your students.


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.