March 31, 2016
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The Lunch Spot

Tomorrow! April 1, 12:00-1:30pm 

Come join the TLS Team and fellow instructors at The Lunch Spot, an informal lunchtime gathering held each month, where instructors can discuss their teaching, exchange ideas, and ask questions.


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…

As the semester’s end nears, we can revisit the learning objectives for our upcoming courses. Bloom’s Taxonomy of educational objectives provides useful language for looking at what students may achieve in a course, via different learning experiences. Objectives can be framed within categories such as remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating.


Krathwohl, D. R. (2002). A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy: An Overview. Theory Into Practice, 41(4), 212–218. 



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

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

Other workshops:

Webinar: Putting it All Together - Taking the Next Steps with myCourses

April 28, 12:00am-1:00pm

In this webinar, we will review how many of the tools in myCourses are connected and how you can effectively plan your myCourses usage in future courses to maximize student engagement and facilitate course management.


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. The deadline to submit is April 4, 2016.


       View complete list of upcoming events


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). 

Course Evaluations for Winter 2016

Students may now complete their Course Evaluations until May 1 (April 17 for units following the condensed period). Strategies to encourage student participation include:

  • Providing examples of how you have used previous course evaluation feedback;
  • Making announcements in class and reminding your students through myCourses; and
  • Allowing students time in class to complete their course evaluations.

View complete list of strategies to increase response rates. Please note that Course Evaluations will be unavailable from April 1 at noon until April 5 at noon because of an upgrade to Minerva. 

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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