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Fall Schedule for TLS Webinars


TLS webinars for instructors will be scheduled throughout this semester at 12:00pm every Friday and on selected Tuesdays.


Talking About Teaching


Every Friday from October 2 to December 4, 12:00 - 12:30pm


Do you want to talk about remote teaching? We do! Each week, TLS will introduce a different topic. It could be about building community in the remote classroom, managing expectations … tune in to find out and to chime in!


How are Students Faring? Planning and Implementing your Mid-course Evaluation Strategy


October 6, 12:00 - 12:30pm


Wondering how students are faring in your course several weeks into the semester? Join us for this webinar where we will address how to select an appropriate mid-course evaluation strategy and determine how to respond to feedback.


Designing and Implementing Effective Teamwork Assignments


October 20, 12:00 - 12:45pm


Have you ever assigned a team assignment that resulted in students complaining about peers not pulling their weight? Join us for this session where we will discuss how to plan effective teamwork assignments and use Peergrade to implement them.


Teaching Strategies for Engaging Students in Remote Learning


October 27, 12:00 - 1:00pm


Wondering how to enhance student engagement, promote discussions, and encourage learning in your remote classes? Come experience several strategies through demonstrations and peer sharing. You will leave with concrete ideas for planning your classes.

Upcoming Events




Join the Art Hive for Lunch!


Starting October 1, the Student Wellness Hub will offer virtual Art Hive sessions at lunchtime! Join us on Mondays and Wednesdays for Art Hive Live and Tuesdays and Thursdays for Open Studio.




Virtual Library Offerings


Introduction to Research Data Management


October 6, 2:00 - 3:00pm


This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the best practices for efficiently managing data during the research process. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities to learn about file naming, file formats, metadata, and much more.


Keeping Up with Artificial Intelligence - AI Ethics & Bias


October 8, 11:30am - 1:30pm


This presentation will cover some of the core issues surrounding the ethical debate with AI, open discussion about overcoming these issues, and broaden our understanding of the technology.


Concept Mapping: Theory and Practice


October 8, 3:00 - 4:00pm


Come and learn about concept mapping, a technique with a strong theoretical background in learning psychology, and gain hands-on experience while designing your own map. We will explore the freely available IHMC CmapTools software.


“Solving the Disruption”: Revealing the McGill Library’s Orientation Game, Raising Spirits: A Timely Diversion


October 13, 5:00 - 6:00pm


Join key members of the dedicated game development team as they reveal the secrets behind what inspired this innovative McGill orientation project and what it took to get it off the ground.


How to Write a Data Management Plan


October 15, 2:00 - 3:00pm


This workshop will provide attendees with practical tips and examples for how to write a data management plan for funders, journals, or other oversight organizations. We will also demo an online interactive tool and Portage DMP Assistant.



New Fall Workshops for Faculty From the Equity Team


Equity and Inclusion in the Academic Search Process


October 8, 2:00 - 4:00pm


This mandatory training for members of academic search committees covers topics including EDI and the Canadian academy, strategies for enhancing equity in the review process, and more.


Anti-Racism in Teaching Practice


October 14, 1:00 - 3:00pm


This workshop explores how understanding racism and integrating an anti-racist practice can shift the culture of a classroom or institution.


Inclusive Facilitation Workshop


October 20, 10:30am - 12:30pm


This two-hour interactive workshop will explore our top ten tips for inclusive facilitation and support participants in developing their skills as facilitators in and out of the classroom.


For Your Students


Learning to Teach Week


November 16 - 20


Tell your students to save the date! Learning to Teach Week is a series of interactive and engaging online workshops and talks that are particularly relevant to graduate students interested in lecturing or TAing at the university level.


Lunch with the Dean of GPS for Graduate Students


Every Friday at 12:00pm


Let your graduate students know that GPS holds a virtual lunch-time discussion series for graduate students and postdocs who would like to connect, share concerns, and exchange ideas.



Student Wellness Hub Updates


Health and Wellness Supports for Students


The Student Wellness Hub is offering limited in-person appointments on Mondays and Thursdays. Students must first complete a virtual appointment; drop-ins are not available. Call 514-398-6017 for more information.


Building a Healthier McGill


Students can stay up-to-date on health and wellness services, virtual and in-person programming, live interactive wellness sessions, and healthier living tips through the new Healthier McGill Instagram account, sponsored by the Student Wellness Hub!


Resources & Announcements


TLS Webinars Resource Page


Couldn’t attend a TLS webinar on preparing for remote teaching? Don’t worry. Check out TLS’ Webinars page, where you can catch up on what you missed by accessing webinar recordings, slides, and companion resource documents.


Virtual Presenters’ Accessibility Guide


Want to learn how to implement more accessible and inclusive events in the remote learning environment? The resources in this guide share pointers to consider for planning and delivering accessible virtual events.


Tips for Supporting your Students


Thinking about using “no review” in myCourses Quizzes? Think again ...


While a “no review” approach to quiz questions might promote academic integrity, this practice doesn’t promote student learning, and may be challenged as unfair under the USAP and contravene WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines. Read more.


Wondering about recommended practices for planning and implementing myCourses discussions?


Fostering productive and meaningful discussions in myCourses can be challenging. Check out different strategies, including posting discussion prompts in a variety of formats—text, images, video, and audio—and posing open-ended questions.


Wondering how to help students get the most out of myCourses discussions?


This TLS-produced Guide to Getting the Most Out of myCourses Discussion Forums video encourages students to deepen their understanding of course content, expand their thinking, and connect with classmates. Link it to myCourses for easy access!


Ever wanted to have your students submit file attachments to Quizzes in myCourses?


When creating a written response question, instructors can now allow students to upload files and record audio or video responses as attachments. The maximum file size for all files attached in a single quiz question response is 100MB.


Thinking of sharing a recorded video in your course?


You can now link or embed videos from the Lecture Recording system directly where you want students to see them, such as within a course module, a discussion topic, or even an announcement. Learn more.


Overwhelmed by emails from students?


Help students be more effective communicators by referring to the TLS-produced Make Your Emails Count video. Share the link in myCourses and your course outline! Aussi disponible en français.


New Posts on Teaching for Learning @ McGill University


This blog, hosted by TLS, features posts by instructors, students, and anyone else in higher education we’re lucky enough to collaborate with. Join in conversations about teaching and learning!


Library Updates


ROAAr Rare Materials Consultation Room now open


McGill community members can consult rare materials in a special reading room. This allows readers to access the collections held by Rare Books & Special Collections, Archives, and the Osler Library of the History of Medicine.


Study hubs expand to include work spaces at Macdonald Campus


The McGill Library is pleased to announce that students on Macdonald Campus can now take advantage of a study hub located in the Barton Building. Students can book a hub seat in advance through an online booking system.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) borrowing service now available


McGill students, faculty, and staff can now use the ILL service to borrow some physical materials not available at the McGill Library.

Virtual Library Workshop Series: Get to Know the Database


Get to Know the Database is a fall semester series of short workshops dedicated to discovering and learning specific databases, including ATLA, ERIC, JSTOR, Scopus, and SocINDEX.












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