May 15, 2017
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McGill University - Focus on Teaching


4th annual 

May 18, 10:00am-12:00pm

Please invite your Postdocs to attend this event. 


Teaching Portfolio Guidelines

Teaching portfolios are required for reappointment and tenure. For guidelines on what should be included, see Appendix A, page 20.

What the research says...

What does effective feedback look like? This article shares seven key characteristics of effective feedback, whether you are offering students feedback on their assignments or helping to guide your students in offering their peers feedback on their work.  


Financial Skills for the Real World Series

Next Session: Prospectus & Fund Facts - May 16, 6:30-8:30pm
Do you occasionally struggle to pay your bills on time? Feel overwhelmed with debt? This workshop series will address personal finance topics as diverse as setting up a budget, dealing with debt, understanding types of banks and investment accounts, and objectively evaluating the purchase of a home, among other related topics.


Upcoming sessions:

  • Portfolio Balancing: May 18, 6:30-8:30pm

  • Advisors & Financial Planning: May 23, 6:30-8:30pm


Introduction to Rayyan for Systematic Reviews

June 20, 2:00-3:30pm

Rayyan is a free web-tool designed to help researchers working on systematic reviews and other knowledge synthesis projects, and assist with the process of screening and selecting studies. In this workshop, we will introduce Rayyan, demonstrate a sample workflow and discuss the tool's strengths and weaknesses. The workshop will be led by librarians with expertise in knowledge synthesis projects, and will include a question and answer session. 


myCourses Upgrade: New, Consistent Look and Feel

On May 29, myCourses, McGill’s learning management system, will be upgraded to be responsive for a consistent user experience across computers, tablets, and other mobile devices. Learn more about this upgrade.


myCourses Tip: Using the Discussions tool for student journals

Did you know that you can create a space for student journals in myCourses? Each student can have a private/restricted topic in the Discussions tool that can allow for individual journaling/reflection pieces. Only the student and instructor will be able to read and contribute. 

Course Evaluation Results for Winter 2017

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.


Mercury Testimonials

Teaching and Learning Services is seeking testimonials from instructors who are willing to share their perspectives about student feedback from course evaluations. Submit your testimonial online

SANS Video Library - Featured Module: Senior Leadership

This course is available to staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness program. “Senior Leadership,” our featured module, provides guidelines for leaders to follow in order to protect themselves and their organization against cyber-attacks.


Already registered? Access the SANS Video library.

First time participant? Register now.

Report: Open Educational Resources and Textbook Affordability at McGill

McGill University Library & Archives and the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU) are happy to announce the release of the report, “Challenges and opportunities: Open Educational Resources (OERs) at McGill University” by graduating Arts student Casarina Hocevar. The report releases the findings of a student textbook affordability survey and provides a set of recommendations for greater OER use on campus. 

Graduate Student Writing: Graphos 

Concerned about the quality of your students’ written work? Spending too much time wading through poor organization and grammar? Help your students improve their academic communication skills by directing them to the McGill Writing Centre’s 1-credit Graphos courses, which address topics such as crafting arguments and applying disciplinary conventions. 


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