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Supporting Students in Distress Workshop
January 19, 2:00-4:00pm (Macdonald Campus)

This 2-hour workshop will present a model of appropriate and simple actions that you can take to help students. The session will provide you with a framework for noticing behaviours of concern, initiating supportive conversations, and mobilizing appropriate resources; in addition, it will discuss the importance of engaging in self-care.

Fellowship opportunity for your graduate students 

Students interested in the development of university teaching and learning are invited to apply for the Arthur and Dawn Weston Fellowship in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Note that this fellowship is open to Master's and Doctoral students from all disciplines. 


What the research says…

To accompany the upcoming workshop on active learning, in this bulletin we highlight an article (Walker, 2003) that looks at ways of promoting critical thinking through three active learning strategies: questioning, written exercises, and discussion/debates. While the article focuses on the athletic training context, the strategies are relevant across disciplines.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Active and Collaborative Learning Strategies page.

Course Outline Brief Guide

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



Webinar: Introduction to Copyright for Teaching
January 21, 12:00-1:00pm

This short session will provide practical advice for delivering course materials in class and online via myCourses while respecting copyright legislation and best practices. Topics discussed will include showing video in class, using material from the web in teaching, and methods for making class readings available to your students. 


Research Integrity
January 25, 10:00am-12:00pm

This interactive workshop will provide you with an overview of the core principles that govern research integrity. It will also outline researcher obligations and responsibilities, as well as the ethical and legal issues that surround them.


The Lunch Spot
January 29, 12:00-1:30pm

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


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.

Strategies to Support Active and Collaborative Learning
February 9, 10:00am-12:00pm

Need strategies to engage students? We will discuss the rationale for active and collaborative learning and examine methods for design and implementation in different types of courses. You will be introduced to a range of strategies through demonstrations and peer sharing. Join us and use part of the session to develop a plan to incorporate these strategies into your courses.


Clarifying Expectations in Graduate Supervision
February 25, 2:00-4:00pm

Imagine preventing common mistakes and avoiding confusion when taking on new graduate students. Clarifying Expectations is about articulating roles and responsibilities in supervisory relationships before problems or miscommunications occur.



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MyResearch Graduate Seminar Series

Do your students have the research skills needed 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! 

Course Evaluation Results for Fall 2015

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. Questions? Contact mercury.info@mcgill.ca.

New mandatory human research ethics training

Starting January 15, 2016, all McGill students, faculty, and staff must have completed the Tri-Council Policy Statement2 (TCPS2) online tutorial before submitting an application for review or a renewal request. The tutorial is available in English and French.  Learn more here.  

Sign up for lecture recordings

If you are teaching in one of the following classrooms, you can schedule your Winter 2016 lectures to be recorded and made available to your students. Follow these instructions in the IT Knowledge Base. More customized options are available following the sign-up process.



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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.