September 15, 2017
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The Lunch Spot (TLS): Let's talk teaching

October 6, 12:00-1:30pm

Would you like to share a teaching idea with colleagues? Interested in hearing what other instructors are doing across the University to engage their students in learning? TLS invites all instructors to engage in meaningful conversations about teaching and learning at The Lunch Spot. A light lunch will be provided.


Mandatory Orientation for New McGill Supervisors

October 13, 12:00-2:00pm

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 graduate supervisor. 



Strategies to engage students in learning

At TLS, we regularly receive questions from instructors asking for ideas to enhance their teaching and improve students’ engagement in their learning. We’ve responded with teaching strategy suggestions and 2-3 minute companion “video bites.”

What the Research Says

Learning students’ names is one way of fostering student engagement in the classroom. Here are some practical strategies for learning students’ names even in large classes, compiled by Weimer (2017). The “Comments” section offers additional strategies. 


Understanding Discrimination

September 18 or 27, 1:30-4:00pm
Designed specifically for the McGill context, this workshop will provide participants with a number of concepts related to equity and discrimination. During this session, participants will examine ways that unconscious or unintended bias can work its way into everyday interactions.






Science Literacy Week @ McGill 2017

September 18 to 24

The McGill Library, the Office for Science & Society, Let’s Talk Science McGill, and the Redpath Museum, in collaboration with the McGill Writing Centre, have planned a wide range of activities across both campuses. Events include a visit to the Schulich Library beehives, and introduction to Augmented Reality, Science Cinema screenings, and much more!


Science Literacy Week: Featured Lecture 
The McGill Library is pleased to feature a lecture by Dr. Richard Fraser, Director of the Maude Abbott Medical Museum. The talk is entitled The Maude Abbott Medical Museum: Teaching for Yesterday and Today, and will delve into the history of the Museum as a teaching and learning institution. Read more. 

Designing Effective Multiple-Choice Questions

October 16, 9:30-11:30am

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.



View the list of upcoming events and workshops


myCourses Tip: Gradebook Categories

The Grades tool in myCourses allows you to set up columns called "Grade Items". It is possible to group several gradebook items into categories. Benefits of using categories include:

  • Automatically dropping gradebook items (e.g., excluding the lowest quiz grade from among 10 quizzes);
  • Organizing grades for assessments that have multiple components (e.g., proposal, first draft, final copy).


Check it before you click it – Phishing scams on the rise

Back to school is phishing season for cyber criminals and McGill has recently been targeted by ever more sophisticated and realistic email scams. They typically have an urgent nature, requesting you take immediate action, e.g., click a link to validate your account information.


Focus Group Participation

IT Services is conducting a focus group to gain a better understanding of why people visit the IT Services website and we need representation from the teaching community. The workshop will take place on Thursday, September 28, from 12:00-1:30pm. Pizza and beverages will be served.


MyResearch Graduate Seminar Series

Do your students have the research skills to succeed in the rapidly changing world of information and scholarly publishing? As part of SKILLSETS, the McGill Library offers a four-part seminar series, MyResearch, tailored to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Support your students and make sure that they take advantage of MyResearch today! 


Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) | IT Customer Services (ICS) | McGill Library | Social, Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) | Student Services 

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