October 17, 2017
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Short Written Assignments: New Ways to Get Students Writing

November 6, 9:30am-12:00pm

Integrating writing assignments into undergraduate courses can increase students’ engagement and promote critical thinking. Attend this workshop to develop writing assignments that get students thinking critically without creating an overwhelming amount of grading for instructors.



Supervisory Alliance in Graduate Supervision

November 6, 12:15-2:15pm

What is a supervisory alliance? The session will introduce a framework to discuss this relationship between supervisor and supervisee in terms of the Bond, Goals, and Tasks. The presentation and discussion will provide you with suggestions, ideas and a model to enable you to collaborate more successfully with your graduate students.


Clarifying Expectations in Graduate Supervision

November 20, 12:00-2:00pm

Imagine preventing common mistakes when taking on new graduate students. Clarifying Expectations is about articulating roles and responsibilities in supervisory relationships before miscommunication occurs. In this workshop, we will discuss existing Letters of Understanding, work together to set goals, and focus on writing a letter that suits your needs.




Mid-Course Evaluations

Want to receive valuable feedback from your students during the term, while it's still possible to make adjustments to your teaching? Effective strategies include administering an anonymous survey through myCourses, asking questions anonymously using Polling @ McGill, and having an in-class, student-led forum. Questions? Contact mercury.info@mcgill.ca


Adding Readings to myCourses

The Library can help you make course readings available to your students at no cost with myCourses. It’s easy to link to the Library’s millions of articles and ebooks or to scan and upload books and articles directly to myCourses. Read more or contact copyright.library@mcgill.ca for assistance.



Exhibition: McGill @ Expo 67

October 2 – December 21, McLennan Library Building (main floor, lobby) 

McGill @ Expo 67 looks at the role of Expo 67 in teaching and research, arguing for the continued relevance of Expo 67 for Canada’s next generation of university students.






Library Services Fair for Faculty

October 19, 1:00-4:00pm, Research Commons, Room A, Redpath Library Building

From research data management services to primary resources, the Library is here to support your teaching and research. Drop in any time between 1:00 and 4:00pm to learn more about the services, collections, and resources the Library has to offer. 


Scholarly Communication & Open Access: What Researchers Should Know

October 23, 6:00pm, Cyberthèque, Redpath Library Building

Vincent Larivière, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication and Associate Professor of Information Science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal, will give a talk to kick off Open Access Week (October 23-29). No RSVP required.


Cyber Security Awareness Month: Halloween Horror Film Matinee

October 30, 12:15-1:15pm

IT Services is offering a special Halloween-themed presentation on important IT security topics, such as phishing, social media and privacy, and password security.


Course Design Workshop

December 11 and 14, 9:00am-5:00pm
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.


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Add Questions to Your Course Evaluation

Instructors may add up to three questions to their course evaluation questionnaire. This is an opportunity to receive feedback specific to the course context or your teaching, such as the use of new teaching strategies. Please submit your questions to your Mercury Liaison by November 3. 

Course Evaluation Dates for Fall 2017

  • Default Period: November 13 – December 23
  • Condensed Period: November 13 – December 7 (view units)

Early Alert

Instructors sometimes notice a student who exhibits unexpected behaviours, such as frequent and unexplained absences, deteriorating academic performance, or uncharacteristic expressions of emotion. While some instructors reach out directly to help students, an alternative is to click on the “Early Alert” widget in myCourses.


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