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August 17, 2020

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More Tips for Teaching Remotely


Back by popular demand! TLS is eager to offer more tips and engage in more discussions on topics such as building community with your students in an online environment and engaging them in learning. We’ll get the conversation going and then open the virtual floor to a Q&A.


August 19, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

August 26, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

Webinars to Support Remote Delivery


The following are re-runs of webinars that are particularly helpful to experience live:


Getting Started with Polling

August 25, 2:00 - 2:45pm (Register)

September 4, 11:00 - 11:45am (Register)

September 9, 2:00 - 2:45pm (Register)


Levelling Up with Zoom

August 27, 11:00 - 11:45am (Register)

September 2, 2:00 - 2:45pm (Register)

September 11, 11:00 - 11:45am (Register)

Follow-up Q&A Sessions to Support Remote Teaching


Do you have follow-up questions after attending or watching TLS’ June webinars? TLS is offering four follow-up sessions where you can ask questions and get answers. Be sure you’re familiar with past webinar content so that you’ll be able to follow along with the Q&A!


Preparing Course Content: Follow-up Q&A

August 24, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 1, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)


Promoting Student Interaction and Engagement for Remote Learning: Follow-up Q&A

August 27, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 3, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)


Creating Online Assessments in myCourses: Follow-up Q&A

August 28, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 2, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)


Managing Your Course in myCourses: Follow-up Q&A

August 25, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)

September 4, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)


Upcoming Events




Student Wellness Hub Offerings


HPV Virtual Information Session


August 20, 3:00 - 4:00pm


Learn more about HPV and the Gardasil vaccine with Student Wellness Hub nurses! Get the details for our upcoming Virtual Information Session.


Check out the Art Hive Live: While We’re Apart, Let’s Make Art – Together!


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 4:00 - 5:00pm


The Student Wellness Hub is continuing to offer Art Hive Live! Join us on Facebook Live for creative activities using materials you already have at home to help ease your mind during this challenging time.


Enhancing Your Wellness with Daily Zen in 10


Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 12:00 - 12:10pm


Join the Student Wellness Hub’s Local Wellness and Access Advisors for Zen in 10, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:00pm. Participate in a brief, online mindfulness or relaxation exercise that you can integrate into your daily routine.


Extended into the Summer: Stress Management for Faculty and Staff!


The Student Wellness Hub wants to continue to support you this summer with a virtual workshopMindfulness-based Stress Management for Faculty and Staff. To register, visit the Faculty and Staff Resources page on the Hub website.




“More than a Game”: The Changing Roles of Game Librarians and Game Collections in Academic Libraries


August 25, 3:00 - 4:00pm


In this webinar, participants will discuss how game librarians can support academic and non-academic programming in a variety of ways. Among other important tips and tricks, participants will learn how to create multipurpose collections that support research and ‘serious play,’ as well as non-academic programming, to advocate for inclusivity in design and maintenance of game collections.



Faculty with Disabilities Virtual Event


August 26, 12:30 - 1:30pm


The Joint Board Senate Committee on Equity, Subcommittee on Persons with Disabilities, and Accessibility Advisor will be co-hosting a “New Faculty Virtual Welcome Event” to welcome all new academic staff who have joined McGill in 2020. The invitation is open to current academic staff (instructors, librarians), particularly if they identify as an academic with a disability, chronic illness, and/or mental health condition.



Tips for Teaching Remotely


Clearly outline course expectations


Establish norms for class participation and communicate these clearly. For example, if you are using Zoom, decide if students should speak up or if they should use the “raise hand” feature or another signal.


Create opportunities for student-to-student interaction


If you would like students to learn from and with each other, intersperse your lectures with group activities in breakout rooms. Providing students with such opportunities can increase engagement and add variety to your live (synchronous) lectures. See this video to hear one student’s perspective on participating in breakout rooms.


For Your Students



AGSEM Teaching Assistant Training


As a McGill graduate student and Teaching Assistant (TA), you will have many challenges and responsibilities. SKILLSETS provides opportunities to develop teaching skills and engage in discussions with other TAs. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn skills to enhance your graduate experience.



Would You Fund It?: SSHRC, CIHR, and NSERC Funding Review


Getting funding for your graduate program can be stressful, but we have tools to help you succeed! Would You Fund it? gives you the opportunity to have your two-page project summary reviewed by a former Tri-council or Quebec committee reviewer.


Lunch with the Dean of GPS for Graduate Students


Every Friday at 12:00pm


Let your graduate students know that GPS is organizing a virtual lunch-time discussion series for graduate students and postdocs who would like to connect, share concerns, and exchange ideas.



Student Wellness Hub is Offering Services Online


The Student Wellness Hub has moved online and is offering students group sessions and timely one-on-one telehealth appointments with a nurse, mental health clinician (Local Wellness Advisor), or psychiatrist (with referral) at this time.

Resources & Announcements


TLS Webinars Resource Page


Couldn’t attend a TLS webinar on preparing for remote teaching? Don’t worry. Check out TLS’ Webinars page, where you can catch up on what you missed by accessing webinar recordings, slides, and companion resource documents.


Overwhelmed by emails from students?


Help students be more effective communicators by referring to the TLS-produced Make Your Emails Count video. Share the link in myCourses and your course outline! Aussi disponible en français.


Thinking of having your students do teamwork?


Get ideas for helping students work as productive teams by referring to the TLS-produced Using Peer Assessment to Make Teamwork Work video and resource document.


Interested in learning about your students before the fall term starts?


A ready-made survey is available in myCourses to ask students questions about time zones, internet connection, and their concerns about remote learning. Instructions for copying the survey into your courses are available here.  


Wondering how to adapt your course outline for remote teaching?


Download the remote delivery version of the Course Outline Guide, which includes information about student consent to being recorded, materials students may be required to purchase, and more.


Looking for different and creative ways to assess your students?


Then this recently-updated collection of example assessment strategies from McGill instructors, many of which transfer easily to a remote learning environment, is for you. More examples coming soon!


COVID-19 Student Impact Survey Results


In May 2020, Teaching and Learning Services, Student Services, and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies launched the COVID-19 Student Impact Survey. The results will inform student supports for the coming year. View the highlights here.


Thinking about assigning your students remote experiential learning activities?


  • For commercial kits, make arrangements directly with the McGill Bookstore by contacting Patrick McGovern.
  • For do-it-yourself kits, submit this form to obtain approval from your Chair for low-risk activities or from your Chair and the Associate Provost, Teaching and Programs, for medium-risk activities.


OSD’s COVID-19 FAQ for Instructors and New Guide for Faculty


For information about accommodations and accessibility in a remote learning environment, McGill's OSD invites instructors to visit our “Instructor FAQ: COVID-19” web page. This page is updated frequently as new information becomes available. Also, the OSD has developed a detailed guide for instructors outlining the OSD’s services and processes for both on-campus and remote learning contexts.


New IT Support site - now with guided tours and videos!


Take a tour of the new IT Support site, a one-stop shop for all your IT needs.

  • Log in to access all available content and features.
  • Click Get Started for interactive guided tours and videos.


New Posts on Teaching for Learning @ McGill University


This blog, hosted by TLS, features posts by instructors, students, and anyone else in higher education we’re lucky enough to collaborate with. Join in conversations about teaching and learning!


Library Updates


Small-scale digitization service of rare and special collections now available


The McGill Library has resumed digitization of rare and special collections on a small scale. The initial rollout prioritizes the community as it prepares for Fall 2020 virtual teaching.


New! McLennan-Redpath Terrace Pick-Up Service


A Terrace Pick-up Service is now available to McGill students, faculty, and staff for print books not accessible electronically or through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).













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