June 1, 2016
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Liability and Research

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

Wonder what will happen if a researcher breaches confidentiality, or any other duties or responsibilities? This interactive workshop will introduce the basic elements of civil liability through a review of existing legislation and case law from the province of Québec.


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. 



What the research says…

Summer can be a great time to reflect on our courses, thinking about what we plan to continue doing next semester, and what we might like to change. A recent workshop shared many ideas for how to integrate peer feedback into the classroom. If this is among your summer resolutions, Linda Nilson’s article on “Improving Student Peer Feedback” gives some thoughtful suggestions of ways of framing peer-to-peer feedback.

Teaching Portfolio Guidelines

Teaching portfolios are required for reappointment and tenure. Guidelines and guiding questions are available to help you develop your teaching portfolio.

Get ready for Fall 2016

Fall 2016 course sites available for instructors in myCourses

You can start preparing your course site now for Fall 2016 in myCourses. Here are some useful resource links:

If you would like your Fall 2016 sections to be crosslisted (merged) in myCourses, please contact itsupport@mcgill.ca.

Access to WebCT

The legacy learning management system (WebCT) is being phased out. For instructors who wish to access content from a WebCT course for use in the new myCourses system, please submit the WebCT Migration Request form.


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.

SANS Video Library

This course is available to all staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program. Check out “Browsing,” this week’s featured module, to learn how cyber-attacks occur on unprotected browsers and how to mitigate this risk. 


Faculty & staff email migrations starting May 29

After a successful pilot phase, including over 1200 volunteers and retired staff, IT Services is ready to migrate the remaining McGill faculty and staff mailboxes to Office 365 (Exchange Online). They will be moved in batches by faculty/department, beginning on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 6pm and continuing through July.  Watch for emails from IT Announcements and stay informed by reading the FAQs and Known Issues articles.  

Changes coming for OneDrive for Business June 7

The following changes will be made to McGill's OneDrive for Business cloud file storage service as of June 7, 2016:

  • Next Generation Sync client: A new and improved version of the Microsoft OneDrive sync client allows you to synchronize specific files and folders as well as the entire OneDrive repository with your local computer;
  • Supervisor access to OneDrive repository for non-academic staff members; to ensure that when staff leave McGill important institutional data does not get deleted;
  • OneDrive cloud storage: What's in it for me? – This new instructional video walks you through the benefits and features of OneDrive.

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