February 1, 2017
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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.



Bumps in the Road in Graduate Supervision: A conflict resolution discussion

February 7, 10:00am-12:00pm

The supervisory experience can present professors with many challenges including conflict, and at times, ineffective resolution of such conflict. This workshop is designed to help supervisors build communication with supervisees and learn how to effectively prevent and manage conflict in their relationships.



Responsible Use of McGill IT

What are the University’s responsibilities regarding IT? What are users’ responsibilities? This policy provides full information.

What the research says ...

What are some common sources of conflict within the supervisor/supervisee relationship? In this article, the authors share five common categories for disagreement, and describe how the nature of conflict may change over the course of participants’ supervisory experience.


About Sexual Assault: How to Respond to and Support Disclosures

February 2, 2:00-4:30pm

During this interactive workshop, you will learn about the extent of the problem of sexual assault at McGill and in the larger community, and the various impacts that sexual violence can have on individuals. 


Also in the series:

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - February 2, 9:30am-12:00pm

Disability, Access, and Universal Design - February 17, 9:30am-12:00pm



Financial Skills for the Real World Series

Next Workshop February 2, 6:30-8:30pm

Debt & Credit Scores

Wondering how to pay off your debts and still manage to have a social life? Want to learn how to save money on your every-day expenses? Then this workshop series is for you!





February 15, 1:00-3:00pm

Will you be submitting an article to a journal sometime soon? This workshop aims at addressing what constitutes proper authorship through a review of existing national guidelines and policies on the matter.




It’s Time to Take Our Journalism Back

February 15, 5:30-7:30pm

The Friends of the Library present the 2017 F.R. Scott Lecture with Anna Maria Tremonti on Wednesday, February 15th. The lecture will address Tremonti’s own journalistic career as well as the challenges of the profession in the era of “fake news”.


Please RSVP to rsvp.libraries@mcgill.ca or (514) 398-5711.


The research paper: Engaging students with the writing process

March 16, 1:30-4:00pm

The research (term) paper is a core assignment at McGill, allowing students to reflect on meaningful questions and develop their own scholarly voices. In this workshop, we will explore how to design assignments that engage students and encourage them to develop their critical thinking skills. 



Mid-Course Evaluations

Want to receive valuable feedback from your students during the term while it is still possible to make adjustments? Effective strategies include administering an online survey through myCourses, using Polling @ McGill, and having an in-class student-led forum.


myCourses Tip: Flagging Assignment Submissions

When reviewing assignments submitted through myCourses, you can "flag" particular submissions. Flags can be used to note files that may need further review or were noteworthy. You could ask your TAs to flag assignments that they would like a second opinion on. It is then possible to filter by flagged assignments. Students will not see that their submission has been flagged.


SANS Video Library - Featured Module: PCI DSS

This course is available to staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program. “PCI DSS”, this week’s featured module, provides guidelines on the secure handling of cardholder data.

Already registered? Access the SANS Video library.

First time participant? Access the SANS Video Library self-registration instructions.

IT Services 2017 Survey for Faculty and Staff

Since our last survey, in 2015, McGIll IT Services has made improvements, such as moving Email to Office 365, introducing Polling @ McGill and expanding WiFi coverage outdoors. Let us know how we can better meet your needs now and in the future. 


Learning to learn

Recent blog post from Teaching for Learning @ McGill University

Alexander Pope may have been addressing an audience of literary critics, but his message is just as applicable to both faculty and students. To judge fairly and wisely – he wrote – be humble, follow nature, and study deeply. So what does it mean to study deeply? 


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.


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