April 16, 2018

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Events and resources to enhance your teaching



Using peer assessment to make teamwork work


Have you ever assigned students a team project that ended in conflict within the groups and students complaining about peers not pulling their weight? Or are you looking for ideas on how to design a team project in a pedagogically sound way? Then these events are for you!



Feedback strategies: Engaging students in dialogue


May 1

9:30am - 12:00pm


Providing feedback to undergraduate students on their writing assignments can be a complex, time-consuming and thankless task. This workshop focuses on feedback strategies for essays and research (term) papers that engage students with feedback and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their learning before, during, and after assignments.

Register here →




Presentation by Dr. Emily Miller


April 19

2:30 - 4:30pm

Macdonald Engineering, room 279


Dr. Emily Miller, Associate Vice President for Policy at the Association of American Universities (AAU), will share information about the AAU’s work to support teaching excellence at its member institutions. Email ac.science@mcgill.ca to reserve your spot. 



Beyond the Rainbow: The Spectacular Colours of Birds


April 21

1:00 - 3:00pm


Have you ever wondered how a bird sees the world? Is a yellow bird really yellow through a bird’s eyes? Birds can see much that is invisible to humans: colours, motion, and details. Ornithologist Robert Montgomerie will reveal how research on bird colouration changes our understanding of how birds see the world. 

Register here →


Save the date: Mandatory orientation for new McGill supervisors


May 23

1:00 - 3:00pm


The Mandatory 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.

Registration coming May 1!



A fresh perspective: Poster and presentation peer review


April 23

4:00 - 6:00pm


Presenting your neuroscience research at an upcoming conference? Come to this peer-review session to practice your poster or oral presentation and gain valuable feedback that can help you impress that conference audience! This session is hosted by the Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives initiative.




Writing and presenting at the graduate level


Beginning May 1


This spring, Graphos is offering 1-credit courses designed to help graduate students develop clear and coherent manuscripts and oral presentations. With a 5-week, pass/fail format, Graphos courses have short assignments and draft/revision stages so students can receive personalized feedback to strengthen their work. Registration is through Minerva; if full, please contact graphos@mcgill.ca for next steps.


Leading effective discussions


Facilitation Essentials
May 3

9:30am - 1:00pm


Advanced Facilitation 

 May 11

1:00 - 4:30pm


This suite of events is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students to improve their facilitation of group discussions, and leadership, presentation and communication skills.



2018 SALTISE Conference

Supporting Active Learning & Technological Innovation in Studies of Education (SALTISE) is proud to announce this year’s conference theme: Disruptive Innovations: Changing Educational Landscapes. McGill is hosting the conference. Registration is free until May 18th!


Strategies to encourage student participation in MERCURY course evaluations

Encourage students to complete their course evaluations before May 2nd (April 16th for units following the condensed period) by posting reminders on myCourses and sending an email that highlight the importance of student feedback. View a list of strategies to increase response rates. 



Adjusting and releasing final grades in myCourses

In myCourses before you export final grades to Minerva, you can adjust and release final grades for students. You can also include overall feedback to the class and personal feedback to individual students.




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