October 15, 2015
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FEATURED EVENTS

Webinar: Formative Feedback – Quizzes, Surveys, &
Self-Assessments

October 29, 1:00-2:00pm

Have you been considering moving some of your assessments online to save paper and grading time? Are you looking for additional ways to have students practice and check their knowledge? Attend our webinar to learn how you can use the Quizzes, Surveys, and Self-Assessments tools to assess learning and to receive and provide feedback.

Designing Effective Multiple-Choice Questions
October 30, 9:00-11:30am

Would you like to improve the quality of your Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)? Would you like to learn how to use MCQs to assess higher order thinking skills, such as application and analysis? If so, join a group of fellow instructors for a workshop about the principles of well-designed multiple-choice questions. 
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

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 on particular areas of focus, such as new teaching strategies. Please submit your questions by October 28, 2015

Course Evaluation Dates for Fall 2015
  • Default Period: November 12 - December 24
  • Condensed Period: November 12 - December 8 (view units)
View list of strategies to encourage student participation. 
UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Indigenous Perspectives - October 19, 2:00-4:30pm - REGISTER
Race and Cultural Diversity - October 27, 2:00-4:30pm - REGISTER

Privacy and Confidentiality: Research Ethics Series
October 26, 10:00am-12:00pm

Respect for and protection of privacy in research are internationally recognized legal and social norms, as well as ethical standards. Research participants have far-ranging interests in the protection of privacy, and researchers have corresponding duties to treat personal information in a confidential manner. But what exactly do these complex interests and duties entail?  

Join us at The Lunch Spot (TLS)
October 30, 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 drop by to discuss their teaching, exchange ideas, and ask questions. Bring your lunch; coffee, tea, and homemade treats will be provided! 

Clarifying Expectations in Graduate Supervision
November 12, 10:00am-12:00pm

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.

Strategies to Support Active and Collaborative Learning
November 19, 10:30am-12:30pm

In this workshop, we will discuss the rationale for active and collaborative learning and examine methods for design and implementation in different types of courses. You will experience a range of new strategies through demonstrations and peer sharing, and develop a plan to incorporate these strategies into your courses.

Course Design Workshop
December 10 and December 15 (two full 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.

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 how we translate these aspirations into actual educational experiences. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Introducing Yammer at McGill

Want to start a book club or recruit people for a research project? Or maybe you just want to buy a used coffee table? Try Yammer – McGill’s social network. It’s like a private Facebook site for McGill people, where you can share information, join/create discussion groups, and start building communities. 

SKILLSETS: Professional Development for your Graduate Students

This suite of workshops and resources will help your graduate students and post-doctoral fellows develop important interdisciplinary skills. Encourage them to attend sessions and learn skills that can be applied immediately and are transferable to future endeavours.

Support for myCourses and other teaching technologies

Teaching and Learning Services offers one-on-one consultations and custom group workshops on the following topics:
  • myCourses
  • Student response systems (clickers)
  • Active learning classrooms
  • Videoconferencing
  • Classroom audiovisual technology
Fill out the request form for a consultation or a workshop.

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.