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September 15, 2020

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Featured Events



Webinars: Follow-up Q&A Sessions to Support Remote Teaching


Do you have follow-up questions after attending or watching TLS’ June webinars? TLS is offering four follow-up sessions where you can ask questions and get answers. Be sure you’re familiar with past webinar content so that you’ll be able to follow along with the Q&A!


Managing Your Course in myCourses: Follow-up Q&A

September 15, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)


Promoting Student Interaction and Engagement for Remote Learning: Follow-up Q&A

September 17, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)


Creating Online Assessments in myCourses: Follow-up Q&A

September 18, 12:00 - 12:30pm (Register)


Upcoming Events




Check out the Art Hive Live: While We’re Apart, Let’s Make Art - Together!


Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4:00 - 5:00pm


The Student Wellness Hub is continuing to offer Art Hive Live! Join us on Facebook Live for creative activities using materials you already have at home to help ease your mind during this challenging time.




Publishing Data with the McGill Dataverse


October 1, 2:00 - 2:45pm


The McGill Library recently launched a pilot of the McGill Dataverse, a local solution for research data management and archiving. This webinar will provide an overview and demonstration of publishing data to the new McGill University Dataverse.



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.


For Your Students


AGSEM Teaching Assistant Training


SKILLSETS provides opportunities for McGill graduate students and Teaching Assistants (TA) to develop teaching skills and engage in discussions with other TAs. Encourage your students to take advantage of the opportunity to learn skills to enhance their graduate experience.



Would You Fund It?: SSHRC, CIHR, and NSERC Funding Review


Getting funding for graduate programs can be stressful, but there are tools to help students succeed! Would You Fund it? gives students the opportunity to have their two-page project summary reviewed by a former Tri-council or Quebec committee reviewer.


Lunch with the Dean of GPS for Graduate Students


Every Friday, 12:00 - 12:30pm


Let your graduate students know that GPS is organizing 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


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, brought to you by the Student Wellness Hub!


COVID-19 Information in the Montreal Context


Just arriving in Montreal and have questions about COVID-19? The Student Wellness Hub nursing team’s 25-minute pre-recorded COVID-19 info session explains physical distancing guidelines, self-isolation, and more.


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.


#ConsentMcGill 2020 Campaign


September 21 - October 2


The #ConsentMcGill Campaign is back with another great line-up of events! Designed to create a dialogue about and increase the understanding of consent, healthy relationships, and sexual violence prevention and support for survivors, all are welcome to attend.


Looking for different ways to engage students with their writing assignments?


Access a series of TLS webinar recordings that illustrate four strategies to engage students in dialogue about their writing and foster responsibility for their work. These strategies might even save you time when doing assessment! (McGill log in required)


Part 1: Annotating Writing Submissions 

Part 2: Submitting Interactive Cover Sheets 

Part 3: Collaborating on Evaluation Criteria

Part 4: Dividing Assignments into Multiple Stages


Stretch Breaks by McGill Athletics & Recreation


McGill A&R is set on helping our community stay active as we embark on this new online learning journey together. Visit welivetomove.ca for Stretch Breaks, HIIT, and more! sarah.canzer@mcgill.ca for info.


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.


Thinking of having your students do teamwork?


Get ideas for helping students work as productive teams by referring to the TLS-produced Using Peer Assessment to Make Teamwork Work video and resource document.


Looking for different and creative ways to assess your students?


Then this recently-updated collection of example assessment strategies from McGill instructors, many of which transfer easily to a remote learning environment, is for you. New strategies recently added!


OSD Updates


Thinking about Accessibility in a Remote Learning Environment?: Recording now available of OSD’s Virtual FAQ


Gift Tshuma, Access Services Advisor, and Rakhee Chowdhury, Exam Centre Manager, recently hosted a virtual presentation followed by a Q&A session to offer strategies to support students with accommodations in a remote learning environment. Access materials from the webinar:

OSD’s COVID-19 FAQ for Instructors and New Guide for Faculty


For information about accommodations and accessibility in a remote learning environment, McGill’s OSD invites instructors to visit our “Instructor FAQ: COVID-19” web page. Also, the OSD has developed a detailed guide for instructors outlining the OSD’s services and processes for both on-campus and remote learning contexts.


Accessibility, COVID-19, and Returning to Campus


This workshop will teach the principles of accessible service delivery during COVID-19, allowing participants to gain the skills needed to ensure a safe and accessible semester.


COVID-19 Student Impact Survey Results


In May 2020, Teaching and Learning Services, Student Services, and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies launched the COVID-19 Student Impact Survey. The results will inform student supports for the coming year. View the highlights here.


New IT Support site - now with guided tours and videos!


Take a tour of the new IT Support site, a one-stop shop for all your IT needs.

  • Log in to access all available content and features.
  • Click Get Started for interactive guided tours and videos.


New! Register and connect a WiFi device with an assigned password


IT Services’ new and improved My Wifi Device service allows you to register devices that don’t support McGill credentials (non-WPA2 Enterprise) for use on the wireless network. It’s quick, secure, and self-serve!


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


All checked out items due between March 1, 2020 and January 3, 2021 automatically renewed to January 4, 2021


The Library has automatically renewed all checked out items that were originally due between March 1, 2020 and January 3, 2021. The new due date for these materials is January 4, 2021. After January 4, checked out items will automatically be renewed unless the user account has expired or a hold is placed on an item.


Coming soon! Study Hubs at McGill


Beginning September 8, McGill students can take advantage of new Study Hubs on our campusesre-imagined safe spaces that are designed for quiet and individual study.


Science Literacy Week @ McGill


The McGill Library will again be celebrating the wonders of science during Science Literacy Week, from September 21 to 27. Join us for online activities on the theme of biodiversity, including book displays, lectures, and more.


Library Virtual Reference Service available seven days a week


As always, McGill librarians are here to answer your questions and help you find what you’re looking for. From August 31 to December 23, 2020, chat or text a librarian seven days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm.


Store, share, publish, and discover research data at McGill with Dataverse


Increase the visibility of your research, preserve your data, fulfill grant mandates, and more with Dataverse, a new local McGill solution for research data management and archiving.


Launch: The McGill Library Orientation Game – “Raising Spirits: A Timely Diversion”


As we embark on the virtual fall semester, the McGill Library is offering an innovative activity to welcome new, current, and former McGillians back to campus, even if only in spirit.












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