Teaching and learning news
Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) is excited to announce that McGill will be transitioning from physical clickers to web-based student response systems for the Fall 2016 semester. These systems allow students to respond from a personal device (smartphone, tablet, laptop). While the vendor will be determined in the coming months, TLS has been piloting four systems and obtaining feedback from students and instructors to help in the selection process.
This spring, McGill University will be upgrading Banner, the University’s enterprise repository of data for administrative systems, including Student Records, Human Resources, Finance and Student Aid. Starting at noon on Friday, April 1Ending at noon on Tuesday, April 5 Banner and Minerva will be unavailable during this period, and several major services including:
The Arthur and Dawn Weston Fellowship in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education was established by Arthur and Dawn Weston to recognize and promote the development of university teaching and learning expertise in various disciplines. It is awarded by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office upon the recommendation of Teaching and Learning Services to an outstanding full-time graduate student interested in conducting research on university teaching and learning in any Faculty. Value and tenure: Varies; renewable once at the Master’s level, twice at the Doctoral level.
We are proud to launch our new MERCURY website. This site was created to help you find information and resources related to the Course Evaluation system and procedures at McGill, including:
Mathematica, from Wolfram Research, is a powerful computational software used for mathematical modeling and data visualization. McGill IT Services has been providing Mathematica to Faculty & Staff, and in computer labs across the University for the past few years. Now it is also available to students via the McGill Software site (www.mcgill.ca/software).
If you ride the inter-campus shuttle bus, you've probably found yourself waiting at the stop and wondering when it will arrive -- especially in these frigid January temperatures. Now you don't have to guess... The McGill Shuttle Bus Tracker is a mobile-friendly website that uses Google Maps to show you the location of each bus along its route, and how fast it's moving.
McGill faculty and staff members now have FREE access to Office 365 ProPlus, which includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps. The service allows you to install the Office suite on up to 5 personal devices*, including PCs, Macs, and 5 iPad and Windows tablets.
For information about the required components of course outlines, the regulations governing student assessments (including multiple-choice examinations and midterm and final examinations) and University examination regulations, please see the following websites: Required Components of Course Outlineswww.mcgill.ca/tls/teaching/course-design/outline
Have you been wishing for more file storage space? Based on feedback from the IT Services 2014 student survey, you’re not alone. Well, you’ll be happy to receive this early holiday gift from IT Services. McGill students now have access to 1 TB FREE personal file space on OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud file storage component of the Office 365 package.
Starting in December 2014*, Microsoft will begin offering McGill faculty and staff members FREE access to Office 365 ProPlus. This offering includes the Office 2013 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps, and will replace the current Microsoft Work at Home program.
McGill’s initial experiment with Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, has been a success and the first offering, Food for Thought, will be repeated next year. More than 32,000 people from 160 countries, with an average age of 35 (a bit younger than normal) signed up for the MOOC. Almost 1,800 people completed all elements of the course, and another 7,000 people completed at least one assignment or test.
In April, we emailed you about the Heartbleed vulnerability and its potential impact on McGill. All of McGill’s central IT systems have been evaluated, and updates were applied where needed. As a final precaution, we strongly encourage you to change your McGill Password without delay. If you are a McGill staff member, you are required to change your password.
As of December 28th, McGill’s license of Virus Barrier X will expire. Replacing it is Trend Micro’s Smart Surfing for Mac. Its features include antivirus, antispyware and web threat protection; additionally, it has built in parental controls, a spam blocker and a two-way firewall.
Would you like to design or redesign 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.