May 1, 2015
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FEATURED EVENTS

Return of Research Results and Incidental Findings 

May 5, 13:00-15:00
In this interactive workshop, participants will discuss emerging ethical and legal issues surrounding the return of research results and incidental findings. By looking at the “who, what, when and how," this workshop will outline, among other things, the existing national guidelines and policies dealing with the matter.

Supporting Students in Distress

May 14, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Academic performance can bring up many emotions for students. How can you, as a faculty member, identify and respond appropriately to students who withdraw or behave in a distressed, disruptive, or dangerous manner? This workshop will present a model of appropriate and simple actions that you can take.
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment & Discrimination

McGill is committed to providing an environment in which students and employees are free from discrimination and harassment. This page outlines the resources available to the community.
EVENTS

“Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning” with Prof. Eric Mazur

May 4, 9:30am-11:30am
Why is it that stellar students sometimes fail in the workplace while dropouts succeed? One reason is that most, if not all, of our current assessment practices are inauthentic. Harvard Professor Eric Mazur will discuss how we can rethink our approaches to assessment.

Autour de la nouvelle grammaire: mises en pratique, impacts et réflexions - Research talks and a roundtable discussion

May 5, 9:30am-1:30pm
La nouvelle grammaire constitutes a very interesting phenomenon in French language education. Rather than presenting notions solely based on meaning, la nouvelle grammaire focuses on morphology and syntax, offering a spectrum of tools to understand and analyse language. Join Professor Suzanne-Geneviève Chartrand (Laval University) and Professor Gladys Jean (UQAM) to learn more about this exciting research. 
To RSVP, please contact Alida Soucé (alida.souce@mcgill.ca).
 

Introduction to Course Design and Teaching Workshop

May 7, 9:00am-5:00pm and May 12, 9:00am-1:00pm (1.5 days)
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.

Great Teachers Seminar

June 7-11
If you are a post-secondary educator who seeks to enhance your teaching and ensure greater learning on the part of your students, then this is the perfect seminar for you. The National Great Teachers Seminar in the Canadian Rockies is a unique and powerful opportunity to reflect on what great teaching is all about.
 
RESOURCES

Now Open: Sign-up form for Summer 2015 lecture recordings

If you are teaching a Summer 2015 course in a lecture recording-equipped classroom, you can sign up for the lecture recording system directly in myCourses. 

Availability of Course Evaluation Results

Course Evaluation results for the Winter semester will be available after grades are submitted and approved. Guidelines for Interpretation are available, including a comments analysis sheet and sample tables for reporting results. 
 
Questions? Contact mercury.info@mcgill.ca.

Direct Access to Writing Centre through myCourses

Do your undergraduate or graduate students need help improving their academic writing? Direct them to the Writing Centre’s new link on the myCourses My Home page, where they can learn about courses, workshops and the tutorial service. 

 

Learn More About the myCourses Gradebook

What’s the difference between the calculated final grade and the adjusted final grade? How do I get the final grades from myCourses to Minerva? Learn more about the Gradebook tool in myCourses in this week’s post on the Teaching for Learning blog.
 
Request a one-on-one consultation to learn more about myCourses, clickers, active learning classrooms, and classroom audiovisual technology.
 

Fall 2015 courses available for instructors

You can start preparing your course site now for Fall 2015 in myCourses. Here are some useful resource links: If you would like your Summer 2015 sections to be crosslisted (merged) in myCourses, please contact itsupport@mcgill.ca.

NEW: OneDrive cloud file storage for faculty & staff

As of March 30, 2015, all faculty and staff have access to Microsoft OneDrive for Business, providing 1 Terabyte of FREE file space on which to store both non-work related files and some work-related files. Access files from   anywhere – laptops, desktops, mobile. Share files with friends and colleagues.

Help us do IT better in 2015

McGill IT Services is conducting our 2nd annual survey on usage and satisfaction with technology services we provide, such as myCourses, email, software, and more. Last year your feedback helped validate decisions to provide Office 365 software and cloud storage solutions. Let us know how we can continue to improve your IT experience. Deadline: May 1 at midnight.

Partners

Content and Collaboration Solutions (CCS) | IT Customer Services (ICS) | McGill Library | Social, Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE) | Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

If you have comments about this e-bulletin, or require additional information about the above, please contact us at teaching.tls@mcgill.ca or 514-398-6648.