January 5, 2017
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Mandatory Orientation for New McGill Supervisors

January 19, 10:00am-12:00pm

This orientation session will provide you with an overview of the policy framework for supervision at McGill, best practices in graduate supervision, and key resources. The session provides an opportunity to ask questions and discuss solutions to common issues, which will inform your practice as a graduate supervisor. 


Retractions, Post-Publication Peer Review, and Fraud: Scientific Publishing’s Wild West

February 3, 1:00-2:30pm

Retractions of scientific papers have grown ten-fold in the past decade. Dr. Ivan Oransky will discuss the reasons for this increase, whether fraud is on the rise, and the growth of post-publication peer review.



McGill’s 3MT/MT180 Competition

Deadline to submit extended to: January 12, 2017

Promote the 3 Minute Thesis / Ma thèse en 180 secondes competition to your graduate students.

Participating in the competition will give them skill building opportunities as they communicate their leading-edge research to a non-specialist audience. The challenge … they will have only three minutes and a single slide to do so.


Understanding Discrimination

January 25, 9:30am-12:00pm

Designed specifically for the McGill context, this workshop will introduce participants to a number of concepts related to equity and discrimination. During this session, participants will examine ways that unconscious or unintended bias can work its way into everyday interactions.


Research Integrity

January 25, 1:00-3:00pm

How familiar are you with general research integrity matters? This interactive workshop will provide you with an overview of the core principles that govern research integrity.




Join us: The Lunch Spot

January 27, 12:00-1:30pm

Would you like to share a teaching idea with colleagues? Hear what other instructors are doing across the University to engage their students? Both new and returning instructors are invited to discuss these and other questions at the winter edition of The Lunch Spot.

Bring your lunch; homemade desserts will be provided.


Bumps in the Road in Graduate Supervision: A Conflict Resolution Discussion

February 7, 10:00am-12:00pm

As a professor, supervising graduate students is in most cases very rewarding. However, the supervisory experience can present professors with many challenges including conflict and at times, ineffective resolution of such conflict. If you would like to learn new strategies to improve communication with supervisees, you might be interested in this workshop.



Course Evaluation Results for Fall 2016

Course Evaluation results for the Fall 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.


New Mercury Features

A number of enhancements have been made to the Mercury Course Evaluation system. These include improvements to the display of results and the inclusion of standard deviations in reports.

Course Outline Guide

What are the required and recommended elements of a course outline? The Teaching Checklist and Course Outline brief guide will help you prepare a useful document for both you and your students.

myCourses Tip: Add Existing Activities

When uploading Content to myCourses, you can link to “Existing Activities,” which can include links to tools such as Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, and Surveys. Take advantage of this feature to build your course strategically and to create packages of course materials that integrate content and activities together.

Polling @ McGill: Sign up for the Winter semester

Instructors interested in using Polling @ McGill for the Winter semester must request licenses for their courses; please see the “Getting Started for Instructors” section of the Polling @ McGill website. This system, available as of the Fall 2016 semester at no charge to students and instructors, allows students to respond to questions from a personal device (smartphone, tablet, or laptop). As a reminder, physical clickers are no longer supported for in-class use.

SANS Video Library - Featured Module: Encryption

This course is available to all staff and faculty as part of the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program. Check out “Encryption”, this week’s featured module, for guidelines on how to protect our sensitive data. 


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