May 2, 2016
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Mandatory Supervision for New Faculty

May 20, 10:00am-12:00pm

Are you new to graduate supervision at McGill? Graduate student supervision training is mandatory for all new faculty members. Join us for this orientation session and learn about supervision policies, the McGill model of graduate supervision, and key resources to help you excel in your role as supervisor.


When Learning Isn’t Learning: Fostering Deeper Learning

May 24, 10:00am-12:00pm

In this highly interactive session with Prof. Ken Bain from the Best Teachers Institute, we will explore recent research that finds that students don't always learn as deeply as we once thought they did. This session will help faculty think differently about teaching and learning and stimulate student motivation and achievement.



What the research says…

Are you thinking of attending Dr. Ken Bain’s talk at McGill in May? Whet your appetite by reading his interview with the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review editors. Drawing from his bestselling book What the Best College Teachers Do, he discusses the interconnected nature of research and teaching, the importance of asking intriguing questions that engage students, and how to foster a natural critical learning environment. 


In Her Own Words 4: Stories From Distinguished Research Careers

May 4, 5:30-7:30pm

Please join us as three of McGill’s most accomplished women researchers share experiences and advice on advancing a career in academia or academic administration, and what the future holds for their work.


Data Sharing Policy

May 16, 10:00am-12:00pm

This interactive workshop aims to clarify current funding requirements for data sharing in research and to explore best data sharing practices in a range of research disciplines. 

Upcoming workshop in the series:

  • Liability and Research - June 20, 10:00am-12:00pm

Webinar: Going beyond myCourses - Introduction to Other Educational Technologies 

May 26, 12:00-1:00pm

In this webinar, we will introduce participants to other educational technologies that can be used to support content, assessment, interaction, and course management. Tools include: student response systems, screen capturing, webconferencing, peer review systems, Office 365 applications, and more!




2016 SALTISE Conference

June 3 (UQAM)

Theme: "Designing Instruction for Learning: Blending Pedagogy, Technology and Space"

SALTISE, the consortium of Montreal area higher-ed institutions and learning communities interested in the research and implementation of innovative pedagogies and educational technologies, is pleased to announce their 5th annual conference. 


View complete list of upcoming events


Clickers are going web-based!

Teaching and Learning Services is excited to announce that McGill will be transitioning from physical clickers to web-based student response systems for the Fall 2016 semester. These systems allow students to respond from a personal device (smartphone, tablet, laptop). Web-based systems offer numerous advantages over physical clickers.

Course Evaluations for Winter 2016

Course Evaluation results for the Winter semester are available in Mercury after grades are submitted and approved. Guidelines for Interpretation are available, including a comments analysis sheet and sample tables for reporting results.

Support for myCourses and other teaching technologies

Teaching and Learning Services offers one-on-one consultations and custom group workshops on the following topics:

  • myCourses
  • Student response systems
  • Active learning classrooms
  • Videoconferencing
  • Classroom audiovisual technology

Fill out the request form for a consultation or a workshop.

Faculty & Staff email moving to Office 365 in May

All active and retired faculty and staff mailboxes currently hosted on McGill's central Exchange server will be moving to Microsoft Office 365 starting in May 2016. This cloud-based service provides a 50 GB mailbox. See the full announcement for details.

Connect with regular Skype users directly from Skype for Business!

Have you ever wanted to use Skype for Business with your students, friends, and family who use regular Skype? McGill has now enabled this exciting feature! Learn more about how to add contacts from Skype and how you can interact with them using Skype for Business.

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