November 2, 2015
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McGill University - Focus on Teaching
FEATURED EVENTS

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.

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.
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

Mobile Computing and Communications Devices

Can you ban laptops in your class? We encourage you to consult the guidelines developed at McGill for addressing the use of mobile computing and communications devices in class. 
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.

Consent and Sexual Assault - November 5, 2:00-4:30pm
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - November 9, 2:00-4:30pm

The Shakespeare Lecture
November 9, 5:30-7:00pm

The Friends of the Library in partnership with the Stratford Festival is proud to present the 2015 Shakespeare Lecture, featuring acclaimed actors Deborah Hay and Ben Carlson in conversation with Professor Paul Yachnin. 

RSVPrsvp.libraries@mcgill.ca or (514) 398-5711

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.

Developing Engaged Citizens Through Critical Thinking
November 20, 12:00-1:15pm

Professor Terry Hébert will discuss an assignment where students are asked to translate scientific articles into a format that a lay audience can understand.  He argues that developing such skills is critical to becoming an engaged citizen, and will share his experience designing and evaluating this assignment.
Evaluation and Feedback in Large Classes series

Webinar: Making the Grade in myCourses
November 20, 2:00-3:00pm

Are you overwhelmed by Excel spreadsheets, emails from your TAs and students, and handwritten notes? Learn how you can use the Gradebook tool to store, organize, calculate and release grades and feedback to your students in a secure environment.  

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

Course Evaluations for Fall 2015

MERCURY Course Evaluations will be available to students starting Thursday, November 12.
  • Default period: November 12 – December 24, 2015
  • Condensed period: November 12 – December 8, 2015 (view units)
Sample Powerpoint slides, graphics, and other resources to encourage student participation are available.
 

Mitacs: Resources for Professors

Are you a faculty member seeking a collaborative platform for your research? Mitacs enables you to broaden your research impact by connecting with partner organizations. With these programs, you can address short and long-terms research challenges and provide your students and postdocs with a unique research experience.

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.
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