Teaching Preparation Checklist
Preparing to teach a course can feel overwhelming without a timeline of what to do when and an awareness of the resources available. Use the Teaching Checklist to help you find everything you need.
IT Checklist for Instructors Preparing for the Academic Year
Use the IT Checklist and articles to help ensure you have everything you need.
The McGill Library launched the Recommended Mobile Apps Page with the selection of applications that will help to optimize the use of library-licensed resources on your iOS or Android devices.
As a professor, supervising graduate students is in most cases very rewarding. However, the supervisory experience can present professors with many challenges including conflict and at times, ineffective resolution of such conflict. If you would like to learn new strategies to improve communication with supervisees, you might be interested in training in conflict resolution, and in learning how to communicate expectations and responsibilities.
Did you know that more than 40% of university teachers in Canada claim a mother tongue other than English?1 Did you know that at McGill, 50% of the students claim a mother tongue other than English?”2 Teaching at a university where there are linguistically diverse faculty and student populations can present some interesting communication challenges. If you teach in your second language or interact with students from a variety of language backgrounds, join us for an interactive talk about how to address these oral communication challenges.
Students have told us they find lecture recordings extremely valuable. If you are teaching an a classroom that supports lecture recording, please make sure you sign up to record your lectures and make them available to your students. Follow these instructions in the IT Knowledge Base.
Scheduled to Teach in One of the Active Learning Classrooms (ALC)?
If you are registered to teach in an ALC in Winter 2014, you received an email on November 20th from IT Services. Complete the online form to request in-class support for your classes. Also, the ALC Preparation Checklist can help ensure you have everything you need before you start teaching.
A workshop about integrating teaching, research, and learning
As an instructor of undergraduate courses, have you wondered how to get students to ask better questions or to understand that knowledge is not black and white?
Professors are often asked by students to write reference letters for funding opportunities. This interactive session is designed to help you answer questions such as:
- Are you obliged to write a reference letter if asked by a student and how might you respond if you are not supportive?
- How much lead time should you expect in order to write a reference letter?
- What information should be provided by the student?
What are the key elements of a “good” reference letter and what pitfalls should be avoided?
Integrating well designed writing assignments into undergraduate courses can increase students’ engagement and promote critical thinking. Yet, many instructors shy away from including these assignments because of the extra workload required to mark them. During this workshop, we will discuss guidelines for designing short written assignments that make students think more and write less. We will provide examples from McGill professors in fields as diverse as Science, Arts, Music, Law and Engineering to illustrate the range of possibilities.
In this workshop, McGill counselors and clinicians will present information to help you identify evidence of mental health problems, and to decide when to refer a student.
We will consider strategies for effective boundary setting and discuss the resulting mutual benefits for supervisors and supervisees. Each participant will be asked to present some hypothetical experiences during this workshop.
Registration will in March 2014.