October 2, 2017
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The Lunch Spot (TLS): Let's talk teaching

October 6, 12:00-1:30pm

Would you like to share a teaching idea with colleagues? Interested in hearing what other instructors are doing across the University to engage their students in learning? TLS invites all instructors to engage in meaningful conversations about teaching and learning at The Lunch Spot. A light lunch will be provided.


Mandatory Orientation for New McGill Supervisors

October 13, 12:00-2:00pm

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. 


Designing Effective Multiple-Choice Questions

October 16, 9:30-11:30am

Would you like to improve the quality of your Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)? Would you like to learn how to use MCQs to assess higher order thinking skills, such as application and analysis? If so, join a group of fellow instructors for a workshop about the principles of well-designed multiple-choice questions.



What the Research Says

How can multiple-choice tests measure students’ critical thinking? Scully (2017) synthesizes the research on the potential of multiple-choice tests to assess students’ higher-order thinking, offers suggestions for developing multiple-choice items, and provides examples.


Adding Readings to myCourses

The Library can help you make course readings available to your students at no cost with myCourses. It’s easy to link to the Library’s millions of articles and ebooks or to scan and upload books and articles directly to myCourses. Read more or contact copyright.library@mcgill.ca for assistance.



Exhibition, Vernissage and Lecture: McGill @ Expo 67

October 2 – December 21, McLennan Library Building (main floor, lobby) 

McGill @ Expo 67 looks at the role of Expo 67 in teaching and research, arguing for the continued relevance of Expo 67 for Canada’s next generation of university students.


Opening vernissage and lecture by the curators, hosted by the James McGill Society: Tuesday, October 10 in Rare Books and Special Collections, Colgate Room. Reception: 5:00pm. Presentation: 5:30pm.


Engage your Students in Class with Online Polling

October 12, 10:00am-12:00pm 

Are you interested in using Polling @ McGill to engage your students in class? This tool allows students to respond to instructor questions using their personal phone, tablet, or laptop. In this workshop, you will learn about different strategies to engage your students using polling, with a focus on how to design effective polling questions.







Library Services Fair for Faculty

October 19, 1:00-4:00pm, Research Commons, Room A, Redpath Library Building

From research data management services to primary resources, the Library is here to support your teaching and research. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm on Thursday, October 19 to learn more about the services, collections, and resources the Library has to offer. 


Short Written Assignments: New Ways to Get Students Writing

November 6, 9:30am-12:00pm

Integrating writing assignments into undergraduate courses can increase students’ engagement and promote critical thinking. Attend this workshop to develop writing assignments that get students thinking critically without creating an overwhelming amount of grading for instructors.


Course Design Workshop

December 11 and 14, 9:00am-5:00pm
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.


View the list of upcoming events and workshops


Grading Assignments in myCourses

myCourses offers instructors multiple ways to grade online assignments: entering a score, adding a file, leaving text or audio feedback directly on the submission. Instructors can also download submissions for offline grading and then upload marked up documents and release the scores simultaneously by using the “Publish Feedback” option.


Mid-Course Evaluations

Want to receive valuable feedback from your students during the term, while it is still possible to make adjustments to your teaching? Effective strategies include administering an anonymous survey through myCourses, asking questions anonymously using Polling @ McGill, and having an in-class, student-led forum. Questions? Contact mercury.info@mcgill.ca


MyResearch Graduate Seminar Series

Do your students have the research skills to succeed in the rapidly changing world of information and scholarly publishing? As part of SKILLSETS, the McGill Library offers a four-part seminar series, MyResearch, tailored to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Support your students and make sure that they take advantage of MyResearch today! 


Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) | IT Customer Services (ICS) | McGill Library | Social, Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) | Student Services 

If you have comments about this e-bulletin, or require additional information about the above, please contact us at teaching.tls@mcgill.ca or 514-398-6648.