December 1, 2011

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This information bulletin is an initiative from Content and Collaboration Solutions and Teaching and Learning Services designed to inform you of upcoming events to enhance your teaching at McGill University. Visit the Focus on Teaching site for all up and coming information!

UPCOMING EVENTS – (Register here for events listed below unless otherwise noted)


Frustrated with AV equipment in your classroom?
December 13 & 15 and January 11, 13, 16

Come to a hands-on practice session. Have all your questions answered about the audiovisual equipment found in your classrooms – projectors, microphones, document camera (overhead), etc.  Register here.

2011 Winners of the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching
James Hanley, Marilyn Scott, Krista R. Muis, and Sujata Madan

The Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, established to recognize educators who have distinguished themselves both in their teaching abilities and in their ability to motivate their students. It is traditionally awarded at Fall Convocation to one faculty lecturer, one assistant professor, one associate professor and one full professor.

2011 Winner of McGill’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning
Roderick A. Macdonald, Faculty of Law

The McGill University Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning recognizes sustained excellence in leadership and innovation, as well as the active integration of teaching and learning with inquiry, scholarship and research.


Course evaluations are open!
November 14 to December 22

Get feedback from your students! Please encourage your students to provide feedback before the end of the regular course evaluation period on Wednesday, December 7*. You can monitor the response rates and view the evaluation period for your courses here: Mercury for instructors. Any questions? Write to:  *some units have an extended evaluation period.

Building with myCourses (WCT 701)
Tuesday, December 6

This workshop will help you prepare your course section in myCourses. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: set up your browser to access myCourses, customize the myCourses Home interface and build and customize your course section. Register here.

Teaching with myCourses (WCT 702)
Thursday, December 15

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: manage your course section, and communicate with your students both asynchronously (Mail, Calendar, Announcements, Discussions) and synchronously (Chat, Who’s Online). Register here.

Creating Effective Questions with Student Response System (Clickers): Downtown Campus SRS-101
Monday, December 19

This workshop introduces pedagogical and technological components that will help instructors develop in-class activities using TurningPoint software and the Clickers. The workshop will focus on learning-centered question design, question types, strategies for using them in class, and hands-on activities. Register here.

STLHE 2012 Call for Proposals
Submission Deadline: January 19, 2012

Does learning have boundaries?  What boundaries do we have or need? The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) invites proposals for presentations at its 32nd Annual Conference – “Learning without boundaries? Apprentissage sans limites?”


ICS Service Desk – Holiday Break Notice

Some parts of Faculties or administrative units will be closed during the entire holiday break from Friday, December 23, 2011 to Friday, January 6, 2012 inclusive. Take note that the ICS Service Desk will be available to assist you during this extended holiday period (Jan 3 to Jan 6). Call 514-398-3398 or email

Checklist for Student Response System (clickers) in Winter 2012

Here is a checklist that you may find helpful when planning to use the Student Response System (clickers) in the upcoming term.

Teaching Snapshots: Perspectives on teaching and learning

Visit the Teaching Snapshots website to learn about McGill instructors’ thoughts on teaching and learning. New profiles added this month from Arts, Continuing Studies, Education, Engineering, Law and Music.

McGill Overdrive

Welcome to McGill Library’s collection of downloadable media: find eBooks, Audiobooks, Videos and more! Available 24/7, now your library is always open! Download your selections to your PC to use, or transfer to a compatible portable device for use on-the-go. It’s quick, easy and you can do it anytime! Use the getting started section or take the Guided Tour to get you started.

Best Practices for Students taking myCourses (WebCT) Online Quiz/Assessment

Are you using online quizzes and assessments? This Knowledge Base article provides some helpful strategies to pass along to your students.

Films on Demand

McGill Library is happy to announce the acquisition of Films on Demand.

Films on Demand offers a significant online video streaming library with thousands of high quality educational videos and tens of thousands of fully annotated segments that can be integrated into lectures and presentations with ease or posted as links on WebCT. All programs include Canadian Public Performance rights for your use.
Classroom A/V Instructions

Want to see what AV equipment is available for any classroom on campus? Looking for detailed instructions on how to use the AV in the new room you are teaching in? This online tool features in-class photos and equipment specs and is available to instructors.