January 18, 2016
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The Lunch Spot
January 29, 12:00-1:30pm

Come join the TLS Team at The Lunch Spot, an informal lunchtime gathering held on the last Friday of each month, where instructors can discuss their teaching, exchange ideas, and ask questions.


Strategies to Support Active and Collaborative Learning
February 9, 10:00am-12:00pm

Need strategies to engage students? We will discuss the rationale for active and collaborative learning and examine methods for design and implementation in different types of courses. You will be introduced to a range of strategies through demonstrations and peer sharing. Join us and use part of the session to develop a plan to incorporate these strategies into your courses.



What the research says…

A time of new beginnings – a new year, a new term, a new course – can be a great opportunity to consider some of the thought-provoking questions about teaching: how do we learn to teach, and grow in our teaching? What happens when we think critically about how we were taught as students in our discipline, and how that informs our own teaching? Experienced faculty developer and author Maryellen Weimer provides a list of recommended articles to start the New Year off right.

Academic Integrity

What are the issues of academic integrity that may affect your work with students? Learn about available resources and actions that you can take to ensure issues are handled appropriately. 



Ask the Natural Disasters professors anything
January 19, 1:00-3:00pm

To kick off the third run of their Natural Disasters MOOC, Professors John Stix and John Gyakum will be hosting their first Reddit AMA on Tuesday, January 19th. AMA means “Ask Me Anything," so questions about natural disasters, the chances of another ice storm, and more, are all fair game.


Webinar: Introduction to Copyright for Teaching

January 21, 12:00-1:00pm

This short session will provide practical advice for delivering course materials in class and online via myCourses while respecting copyright legislation and best practices. Topics discussed will include showing video in class, using material from the web in teaching, and methods for making class readings available to your students. 



Research Integrity
January 25, 10:00am-12:00pm

This interactive workshop will provide you with an overview of the core principles that govern research integrity. It will also outline researcher obligations and responsibilities, as well as the ethical and legal issues that surround them.


Safer Spaces Workshops

SEDE, in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services, First Peoples' House, and the Office for Students with Disabilities, offers Safer Spaces, a regular schedule of training for staff, faculty, and graduate students on diversity issues.

Clarifying Expectations in Graduate Supervision
February 25, 2:00-4:00pm

Imagine preventing common mistakes and avoiding confusion when taking on new graduate students. Clarifying Expectations is about articulating roles and responsibilities in supervisory relationships before problems or miscommunications occur.



Academic Integrity Day - Feb. 2

Many students struggle with authorship and plagiarism questions. You can help them learn strategies to navigate these issues by sending them to Academic Integrity Day. Open to all disciplines, this half-day workshop highlights the importance of questioning and discussing ethical issues regarding student research, and learning to negotiate (for example, authorship) before issues go beyond one's control.

The Library’s 2015-2016 Faculty Guidebook 

Find out the many ways the Library can support your teaching and research. Download the 2015-2016 Faculty Guidebook today!

New mandatory human research ethics training

Starting January 15, 2016, all McGill students, faculty, and staff must have completed the Tri-Council Policy Statement2 (TCPS2) online tutorial before submitting an application for review or a renewal request. The tutorial is available in English and French. Learn more here.  

Sign up for lecture recordings

If you are teaching in one of the following classrooms, you can schedule your Winter 2016 lectures to be recorded and made available to your students. Follow these instructions in the IT Knowledge Base. More customized options are available following the sign-up process.


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