Hello DISE Instructors! We have created this page to help provide all the information you need to successfully teach a course in our Department.
Guidelines, policies and dates
Important Dates and Deadlines
The following is an abridged list of important dates and deadlines for the upcoming academic year.
University Student Assessment Policy
The University Student Assessment Policy is created to protect students from excessive workloads, and the ensure that all students are treated equally. For a collection of all policies about Student Assessments please see the Student Assessment Policy.
Student's Rights and Responsibilities: The Handbook
McGill University course lecturers are expected to know about their Students' Rights and Responsibilities in order to ensure that reciprocal respect and a positive learning environment are fostered.
Please pay particular attention to policies specified in the Handbook, especially those policies which relate to teaching and learning.
Please refer to the The Virtual Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities for information.
Faculty of Education's Instructor Website
The Faculty of Education's instructor website can be found here.
This website contains useful information for instructors about the rules and regulations surrounding teaching in the Faculty of Education at McGill University.
For any additional information about teaching in DISE, please feel free to contact DISE's Program Administrator, diane [dot] rabey [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Diane Rabey).
Resources for Creating Your Course Outline
The course outline serves as a contract between the instructor and their students. Considering this, there are many important components that an instructor must include as well as those they should consider including in their outline. DISE advises all instructors to carefully review McGill's Teaching and Learning Service's (TLS) website to consult the many online resources available to prepare for teaching a course in the Department and at McGill. The TLS Course Outline: Brief Guide [.pdf] is a useful overview to building a course outline.
For the complete list of required McGill Policy Statements, see the Teaching and Learning Services website.
Required statements for B.Ed. and MATL course outlines
Instructors of B.Ed. and MATL courses are required to address relevant MEESR Professional Competencies in their courses.
Course outlines must:
DISE required statements for all graduate and undergraduate course outlines
Course Outline Examples
Below are two examples of course outlines which include the MELS Professional Competencies required statements. These downloadable .pdf files are provided to help in the process while revising course outlines.
Submitting Your Outline For Review
Please note that all course lecturers are required to send an electronic version of their course outline to DISE's Program Administrator, diane [dot] rabey [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Diane Rabey), in order for a review of the content to be done by a Program Director and the Chair. Instructors must submit their outline via email no later than one month prior to the start of classes of any given term in order to ensure adequate time for both a review and potential amendments.
Teaching a DISE course
Ordering Textbooks/Course Packs
Course materials can include textbooks, course packs, and/or links to online articles on myCourses.
McGill Bookstore, 3420 McTavish St., 514-398-8354
Paragraphe Bookstore, 2220 McGill College Ave., 514-845-5811
The Word Bookstore, 469 Milton St., 514-845-5640
Desk copies of textbooks can normally be obtained by contacting the publisher.
McGill Bookstore Coursepacks, 514-398-2500
If you need any assistance, contact DISE's Program Administrator, diane [dot] rabey [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Diane Rabey).
myCourses Learning Management System
What is myCourses?
myCourses is McGill's learning management system used by most courses as a supplement to classroom-based instruction. The McGill Library website provides a vast array of additional access points to teaching and learning content and research materials, including over 50,000 e-journal titles and 2 million e-books. Links directly to instructor defined readings can be easily included in myCourses as the primary source for student reading materials. Liaison librarians in each branch library can provide further assistance.
Please visit the appropriate page for an overview of The myCourses Learning Management System.
myCourses course sections are automatically created for all courses offered at McGill. Students automatically have access to the courses in which they are formally enrolled.
Some key features to myCourses are:
Getting Started for Instructors
Click on the following link for a guide on accessing the myCourses for the first time. For more information and self-serve training materials please visit the myCourses website (sign in with McGill email and password required).
Additionally, DISE encourages instructors to contact the Educational Technology Consultants from McGill's own Content and Collaboration Solutions (CCS) to set up an initial appointment to discuss the many options available for developing a dynamic and interactive myCourses interface for their courses. They have consistently been extremely helpful.
Quebec Education Program (QEP)
Resources and facilities
What does my classroom look like?
The Classroom Audiovisual Instructions tool is accessible from the myMcGill portal. This tool allows you to choose a building and a specific classroom in order to view images images of the room and layout of AV equipment, a listing of each piece of equipment present, operating instructions, and video demonstrations.
Instructors are encouraged to consult this tool and make sure they know how to set up their equipment before the term begins.
To access the tool: IT Knowledge Base Article
Need equipment installed?
Education Library Resources for Research and Teaching
Your liaison librarian:
Liaison Librarians: Your Partners for Learning, Teaching & Research (brochure) [.pdf]
uPrint System for Copying, Printing
uPrint, in short, is a campus-wide copy and printing service that allows you to print from your computer to the "uPrint cloud" and then you can go to any uPrint machine on campus, swipe your McGill ID card on the designated area on the machine and start printing.
Should you require printing or copying services for a course that you are teaching, please contact DISE's Program Administrator, diane [dot] rabey [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Diane Rabey). Please note that it will take a few hours for a new account to be registered in the system, so it is important to request this well in advance.
For instructions on how to set up a laptop to access uPrint printer options, please read the IT Knowledgebase article under the 'How to request access' section.
Shared Office Space for Sessional Instructors
DISE currently offers its course lecturers shared office spaces. At the beginning of each semester instructors will be contacted by email with more information about their assigned office. Should you require access to the space sooner, please contact diane [dot] rabey [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Diane Rabey) directly to make arrangements.
Digital and Media Resources
MCLIU - McGill Course Lecturers & Instructors Union
Lecturers and Instructors are now unionized with MCLIU - McGill Course Lecturers & Instructors Union.