March 2, 2017
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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. 



How can we become better teachers?

Professor Madhukar Pai, Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology & Global Health, has written an insightful post on how can we become better teachers. He talks about starting small, thinking about your students, focusing on reflection and much more. 

What the research says...

When students submit written work, they generally expect to receive feedback. What does providing feedback involve? This short guide offers principles for engaging with and responding to students’ writing. It gives suggestions for structuring and focusing your feedback on students’ work through marginal notes and final comments.


Race and Cultural Identity

March 7, 2:00-4:30pm

Participants will have the opportunity to examine how race and culture affect daily life in the McGill community. This workshop addresses the challenges of fostering diversity-receptive cultural attitudes, reducing structural barriers in University life, and building and maintaining respectful spaces for interpersonal engagement. Through case studies, participants will have the chance to practice identifying and responding to the types of discrimination most commonly encountered in campus life.



Predatory publishing: What is it and how to avoid it

March 8, 4:30-5:30pm

This 60 minute session will discuss what predatory publishing is, how to identify a legitimate publisher, what resources are available to help researchers on campus as well as the common myths and perceptions surrounding Open Access. The workshop will be offered at both the downtown and Macdonald campuses.



Beyond the research paper: New ways to get students writing

March 28, 9:30-11:30am
Integrating writing assignments into undergraduate courses can increase students’ engagement and promote critical thinking. Attend this workshop to develop writing assignments that get students thinking critically without creating an overwhelming amount of grading for instructors. 


Course Design Workshop

May 16 & 18 (Two full days)
Would you like to (re)design one of your courses and enhance your teaching skills? Join a group of fellow faculty members led by facilitators from Teaching and Learning Services to discuss strategies for course design and teaching that focus on enhancing student learning.




Add Questions to your Course Evaluation

Instructors may add up to three questions to their course evaluation questionnaire. This is an opportunity to receive feedback specific to the course context or on particular areas of focus, such as new teaching strategies. Please submit your questions by March 10. 

Course Evaluation Dates for Winter 2017

  • Default Period: March 20 – April 30
  • Condensed Period: March 20 – April 12 (view units)

View list of strategies to encourage student participation. 

myCourses Tip: Track Participation using the Attendance Tool

The Attendance Tool in myCourses allows you to track student attendance and participation. While the default options for an attendance log are Present, Absent, and Excused, you can create a custom Attendance Scheme to assess quality of participation (for example: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor). You can also allow students access to their personal attendance log so they can view their progress throughout the course.

SANS Video Library - Featured Module: Data Retention

This course is available to staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program. “Data Retention,” this week’s featured module, provides guidelines for sound record management.

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. 


CRKN Journal Usage Survey

McGill Library is inviting you to participate in a national survey of faculty from 23 Canadian universities on their usage of electronic resources. The survey builds on the work of Dr. Vincent Larivière at the Université de Montréal, and is being coordinated by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). The survey, which asks you to identify the journals you and your colleagues deem to be essential to your research and teaching activities, contains five questions and should take less than 15 minutes to complete. For further information on the project, click here



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