December 1, 2015
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Webinar: Customizing your Course Space in myCourses
December 17, 1:00-2:00pm

Get your Winter 2016 course ready: did you know that it is possible to customize your myCourses homepage using themes, widgets, images, banners, and icons? Learn how you can customize your myCourses homepage to give your course a distinct look and feel.

Teaching what’s important:
Educating students for today and tomorrow

December 11, 9:00am-4:00pm

Join us for a conversation about our aspirations for undergraduate education at McGill and the opportunity to develop strategies for making these aspiration come true. This symposium features a host of distinguished presenters, including Ken Dryden, Elena Bennett, and Alan Chen. 

Counselling Service

Do your students need support? As a member of Student Services, McGill Counselling Service offers a range of services to help students deal with both personal and academic stressors.

Journalism's New (Unlikely) Golden Age
December 8, 5:30-7:00pm

Jonathan Kay, Editor-In-Chief of the Walrus Magazine, will deliver the 2015 Friends of the McGill Library F.R. Scott Lecture, Journalism’s New (Unlikely) Golden Age. It will take place at Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (3660 Peel Street). This event is sponsored by the Honourable John Gomery and Honourable Pierrette Rayle.
RSVP: or (514) 398-5711.

Course Preparation and Design: Teaching Checklist and Course Outline Guide

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

Encourage student participation in Course Evaluations

There are many actions that you can take to encourage students to complete their Course Evaluations:
  • Post announcements on myCourses with the current response rate.
  • Give students time at the beginning or middle of class to complete their evaluations.
Students may complete their Course Evaluations until December 24 (or December 8 for units following the condensed period).

Ten Strategies for Leading Effective Discussions

Read this week's SKILLSETS bulletin to find out about workshops and resources available to your graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Encourage them to attend sessions and learn skills that can be applied immediately and are transferable to future endeavours.

Winter 2016 myCourses for instructors

You can start preparing your course site now for Winter 2016 in myCourses. Here are some useful resource links: If you would like your Winter 2016 sections to be crosslisted (merged) in myCourses, please contact


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