February 1, 2016
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Clarifying Expectations in Graduate Supervision
February 25, 2:00-4:00pm

Imagine preventing common mistakes and avoiding confusion when taking on new graduate students. Clarifying Expectations is about articulating roles and responsibilities in supervisory relationships before problems or miscommunications occur.


Webinar: Promoting Engagement through Online Discussions
February 16, 12:00-1:00pm

Would you like to promote interaction in your course? By providing active and social learning opportunities, you can give students an opportunity to engage with the course material and with each other. Attend our one-hour webinar to learn how you can use the Discussions tool in myCourses effectively.



What the research says…

The supervisor/supervisee relationship in postsecondary education plays a key role in students’ successful completion of their academic program. In this article, Barnes (2010) explores five core expectations of supervisees that were held by 25 exemplary supervisors from four disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and education). Expectations center on aspects of supervisees’ academic engagement and professional socialization. Clearly communicating such expectations has an impact on student success.


University Student Assessment Policy

All students have the right to fair and reasonable assessment of their work; the policy governs the type, timing, and conditions of assessments. 



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 on diversity issues.

Strategies to Support Active and Collaborative Learning

February 9, 10:00am-12:00pm

Need strategies to engage students? We will discuss the rationale for active and collaborative learning and examine methods for design and implementation in different types of courses. You will be introduced to a range of strategies through demonstrations and peer sharing. Join us and use part of the session to develop a plan to incorporate these strategies into your courses.


Return of Research Results and Incidental Findings

February 15, 10:00am-12:00pm

This interactive workshop aims to identify key issues, such as the question of "to return or not to return" results and issues surrounding the return of research results and incidental findings.


Other workshops:

Six effective evaluation and feedback strategies: Professors and students share their experiences
March 18, 12:00-1:15pm

Looking for effective and creative ideas for assessing student work in your courses? Join us for a brown bag lunch in which three professors and three students will have three minutes each to describe an assessment method that has worked well in one of their courses. Discussion will follow the presentations.



Authorship and Plagiarism in the Supervisory Relationship

Many students struggle with authorship and plagiarism questions. You can help them learn strategies to navigate these issues by sending them to Academic Integrity Day or Managing Your Supervisor sessions. We will provide strategies for managing research and maintaining a professional and helpful relationship with the supervisor.

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, setting up an anonymous discussion board in myCourses, and having an in-class, student-led forum. Questions? Contact mercury.info@mcgill.ca.

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