Learning to Teach Week

The annual SKILLSETS Learning to Teach (LTT) event aims to equip you with the knowledge and tools to become better teachers and create successfully learning environments for your students. This year's theme is fostering student engagement in learning, with a special focus on teaching in the remote context. The event is structured as a series of interactive and engaging workshops, including a panel with instructors who exemplify excellence in teaching at McGill. LTT is particularly relevant to graduate students interested in lecturing or TAing at the university-level, but by participating you will also learn important facilitation, communication, and leadership skills for a career outside of academia.



Sessions are all wrapped up for the term. 

Designing a student-centered course outline

Your course outline communicates to your students the overall plan for your course, in order to enable them to function efficiently and effectively in the course. Writing a student-centred course outline can help create a more engaging and collaborative culture of learning. In this workshop you will be introduced to designing a systematically structured course outline that will support student learning.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Recognize the main components of a course outline (e.g., course overview, learning outcomes, instructional method etc.).
2. Write student-centered learning outcomes.
3. Use backwards design to plan and structure your course to reach learning outcomes.

Advanced Zoom Skills for Student Engagement

Have you got the basics of Zoom? Interested in how to engage your students more? This 45 min session will review key strategies you can implement to engage students online with Zoom. We will focus on creating engaging remote learning environments through whiteboarding, screen sharing, breakout rooms, as well as other interactive strategies to take your Zoom skills to the next level.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Become familiar with how to use some of Zoom’s advanced features; and
  2. Practice using some of Zoom’s features to create engaging remote learning environments.

Keynote Panel: Fostering Student Engagement in Learning

Interested in a career in teaching? Curious to know what advice esteemed McGill educators have to offer? Join us for an exciting panel discussion on Fostering Engagement in Student Learning, part of this year’s virtual Learning to Teach Week. The panel will feature three recipients of the Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching: Manuel Balan (Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of International Development), Melanie Dirks (Professor, Department of Psychology), and David Ragsdale (Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery). With individual presentations and a Q&A session, this is a great opportunity to gain knowledge and tools to become a better teacher and create successful learning environments for your students.  

Active Learning Strategies

Do you find it a challenge to keep students engaged for an entire lecture? Want to increase active learning in your classroom? This session will discuss strategies to effectively select and apply active learning in the classroom and how to overcome challenges in implementing these activities. Selected active learning strategies will be used during the session.

Learning outcomes:
1. Understand what active learning entails and why it is important.
2. Learn how to effectively select learning strategies.
3. Experience a variety of active learning activities.
4. Discuss how to overcome challenges in implementing active learning activities.

Building Community in the Virtual Classroom

In this workshop, we will introduce the idea of community building in the virtual classroom and the impact it can have on students' remote learning experiences. Participants will explore a new understanding of the role of an instructor and how they might put into practice unique teaching strategies for fostering a community in the virtual classroom. This workshop is based on a collaborative initiative between the Faculty of Arts and Teaching and Learning Services, but it has been expanded to be applicable to those in all disciplines.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand how an instructor's choice of teaching and learning strategies influence the sense of community that students feel in the virtual classroom.
2. Apply practical strategies for community building to realistic online contexts.
3. Reflect on the importance of community as a principle.

Giving Effective Feedback for Student Learning

Providing students with feedback can create powerful learning opportunities. As an instructor, how can you frame comments in a way that is constructive and helps promote further learning and motivation? In this session, we will explore both the importance of feedback and techniques for answering and asking questions in one-on-one and larger group settings. The learning objective includes understanding principles of effective feedback, such as: active, empathetic listening, strategic question asking, and the importance of context (e.g., student motivation, expectations, etc.).

Learning outcomes:
1. Understand feedback and its importance.
2. Reflect on individual and environmental differences.
3. Learn strategies to apply in sessions.


What have Learning to Teach Day participants say about the conference?

"All of the speakers were knowledgeable and passionate about the topics they spoke about and it was clear that they put a lot of thought into the content of their presentations and what messages they wanted to convey."

"Teaching is learning. Be confindent with what you are saying. Ask questions!"

"Different strategies to motivate students, to keep them engaged in the process of learning and to determine how they can take more responsibility over their learning and their academic success.

"Presenters sharing their personal experience on overcoming difficulties associated with teaching"

"The importance of having a strategy to teach and of developing a constructive relationship with students that can be rewarding for both sides."


November 9, 2019

Active Learning [PDF] 

Building Community in the Classroom [PDF]

Classroom Management in the University Context [PDF]

Designing a Student-Centered Course Outline [PDF]

Designing and Delivering Effective Lectures [PDF]

Giving Effective Face-to-Face Feedback [PDF]

Keynote: Teaching and Learning: A Reciprocal Effort [PDF] 

Teaching in One's Second or Other Language [PDF] 


November 10, 2018

Accessibility in the Classroom [PDF]

Engaging Students Using Active Learning Strategies [PDF]

Building Community in the Classroom [PDF] 

Classroom Management in the University Context [PDF]

Designing a Student-Centered Course Outline [PDF] 

Giving Effective Face-to-Face Feedback [PDF]  

Grading in the Humanities and Social Sciences [PDF] 

Grading (and Feedback) in the Sciences [PDF] 

Improvisation & Fun: From Old School Teaching toCo-Creating Knowledge [PDF]

Teaching in One’s Second or Other Language [PDF]  


Learn to Teach Video Series

Matt Dobbs: What we teach in the classroom 

Matt Dobbs: Peer Evaluation through Video  

Matt Dobbs: Mentoring 

Matt Dobbs: Learning How to Learn 

Karl Moore: Different Approaches to Learning 

Karl Moore: Death of Classroom Hierarchy 

Karl Moore: Adapting to your Audience 

Karl Moore: Introverts and Leadership Part 1 

Karl Moore: Introverts and Leadership part 2 

Karl Moore: 5 ways of showing appreciation to people you work with Part 1 

Karl Moore: 5 ways of showing appreciation to people you work with Part 2 

As a McGill student, your participation in activities such as training workshops and volunteering are tracked on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR)! Having your co-curricular activities listed in one document can help you revise your CV or cover letter, prepare for interviews, and explore career options. Learn how to leverage this important document through myInvolvement, and make your training count!
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