May 16, 2016
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Mandatory Supervision for New Faculty

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

Are you new to graduate supervision at McGill? Graduate student supervision training is mandatory for all new faculty members. Join us for this orientation session and learn about supervision policies, the McGill model of graduate supervision, and key resources to help you excel in your role as supervisor.


Webinar: Going beyond myCourses - Introduction to Other Educational Technologies 

May 26, 12:00-1:00pm

In this webinar, we will introduce participants to other educational technologies that can be used to support content, assessment, interaction, and course management. Tools include: student response systems, social media, screen capturing, webconferencing, peer review systems, Office 365 applications, and more!



What the research says…

Graduate student supervision and advising are important teaching roles at a research-intensive, learning-focused university like McGill. The Policies and Guidelines on Graduate Student Advising and Supervision set out recommendations, requirements, and responsibilities for units, supervisors, supervisory committees, and supervisees.  



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.


When Learning Isn’t Learning: Fostering Deeper Learning

May 24, 10:00am-12:00pm

In this highly interactive session with Prof. Ken Bain from the Best Teachers Institute, we will explore recent research that finds that students don't always learn as deeply as we once thought they did. This session will help faculty think differently about teaching and learning and stimulate student motivation and achievement.




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. 


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Permission to Disseminate Course Evaluation Results

Numerical course evaluation results are made available to the McGill community if a minimum response rate (depending on class size) is met and the instructor has not objected to access. Students can use this information when deciding which courses to take. The deadline to register a permission decision for the 2015-2016 academic year in Minerva is May 31, 2016. 

Clickers are going web-based!

Teaching and Learning Services is excited to announce that McGill will be transitioning from physical clickers to web-based student response systems for the Fall 2016 semester. These systems allow students to respond from a personal device (smartphone, tablet, laptop). Web-based systems offer numerous advantages over physical clickers.

New Course: SANS Video Library

This self-paced program is the newest offering in the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program. The course includes a set of short educational videos and newsletters concerning IT Security. All faculty and staff are encouraged to take this course, available in myCourses.

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.

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