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Supporting Students in Distress

March 22, 2:00-4:00pm (Mac Campus)

Academic performance can bring up many emotions for students. How can you, as a faculty member, identify and respond appropriately to students who withdraw or behave in a distressed, disruptive, or dangerous manner? This 2-hour workshop will present a model of appropriate and simple actions that you can take.


Course Design Workshop

May 12 & May 17 (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.



What the research says…

How can we provide useful feedback to students? This resource shares seven principles of effective formative feedback practices (pp. 6-14). These are followed by 8 case studies that describe various approaches to providing feedback from a variety of classroom contexts. 

Call for nominations: Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching

The Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching recognizes the commitment to and the importance of teaching in the academic experience of students at McGill. Faculties are encouraged to put forward candidates in each rank: Faculty Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Full Professor.



Using Rubrics for Guidelines and Feedback

March 17, 12:00-1:00pm

What is a rubric? What are the elements of a well-designed rubric? How can rubrics be used effectively to provide students with guidance and feedback on their assignments? Attend this webinar to learn how you can use the Rubrics tool in myCourses to provide students with formative feedback on their assignments, discussions, quizzes, and grades.


Six effective evaluation and feedback strategies: Professors and students share their experiences
March 18, 12:00-1:15pm

Looking for effective and creative ideas for assessing student work in your courses? Join us for a brown bag lunch in which three professors and three students will have three minutes each to describe an assessment method that has worked well in one of their courses. Discussion will follow the presentations.


Safer Spaces Workshops

SEDE, in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services, First Peoples' House, and the Office for Students with Disabilities, offers Safer Spaces, a regular schedule of training for staff, faculty, and graduate students on diversity issues.



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

This interactive workshop aims addresses what constitutes proper authorship through a review of existing national guidelines and policies on the matter.

Other workshops:

Teaching & Learning in a Millennial Environment

May 19, 8:00am-12:00pm

Attend this workshop to learn how to:

  • identify the characteristics of the millennial environment and their potential impact on teaching and learning;
  • recognize the pitfalls of generalizations and biases surrounding the millennial learner; and
  • discuss practical strategies to manage relationships and to optimize teaching and learning in the millennial environment.


Professor Ken Bain at McGill

May 24, 9:00am-12:00pm

Professor Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Active Learning Conference, presented by the Teaching Enhancement Initiative of the Faculty of Engineering.

For more information, contact Maria Orjuela-Laverde.



2016 SALTISE Conference

June 3, 2016 (UQAM)

Theme: "Designing Instruction for Learning: Blending Pedagogy, Technology and Space"

SALTISE, the consortium of higher-ed institutions and learning communities interested in the research and implementation of innovative pedagogies and educational technologies, is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for their 5th annual conference. 


       View complete list of upcoming events


Course Evaluations for Winter 2016

MERCURY Course Evaluations will be available to students starting Monday, March 21.

  • Default period: March 21 – May 1
  • Condensed period: March 21 – April 17 (view units)

Sample Powerpoint slides, graphics, and other resources to encourage student participation are available.

Teaching What's Important

In December 2015,  close to 150 McGill faculty, staff and students discussed how to turn aspirations for student learning into reality. View the highlights here. 

Support Student Writing: 2-hour Workshops

Concerned about the quality of your students’ written work? Spending too much time wading through unclear ideas or poor grammar? Help your undergraduate and graduate students improve their writing skills by referring them to the McGill Writing Centre’s workshops on topics such as sound sentences and critical reading.

Banner/Minerva/Imaging Upgrade – April 1-5

Not an April Fool’s joke – Starting at noon on Friday, April 1, and ending at noon on Tuesday, April 5, there will be a major system upgrade for Banner, the University’s enterprise data repository for administrative systems, including Student Records, Human Resources, Finance, and Student Aid. See the announcement for details and services impacted.

Connect with regular Skype users directly from Skype for Business!

Have you ever wanted to use Skype for Business with your students, friends, and family using regular Skype? McGill has now enabled this exciting feature! Learn more about how to add contacts from Skype and how you can interact with them using Skype for Business.

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