Webinars

TLS has produced a series of webinars to support instructors with planning and implementing their teaching.

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Planning

Assessment for learning to support well-being: Listen in!

With well-being in higher education of growing concern, TLS invites you to a conversation where we will address assessment strategies to intentionally foster healthier learning environments. These strategies are particularly relevant as McGill prepares for the implementation of the new Policy on Assessment of Student Learning (PASL). 

Beyond grading: Assessment in the age of AI

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion where we will delve into the rapidly evolving world of generative AI, explore what it is and what it isn’t, and share our reflections on the fears, hopes, and challenges of AI as it relates to teaching, learning, and assessment. We will be joined by panelists from across the McGill community who bring a diverse range of perspectives on these issues:

  • Dr. Emma Harden-Wolfson, Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), Faculty of Education, and former Head of Research and Foresight at UNESCO IESALC

  • Serena Elzein, Co-VP for Community Engagement, McGill’s AI Society

  • Amanda Wheatley, Associate Librarian and Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the McGill Libraries

  • Adam Finkelstein, Associate Director, Learning Environments, Teaching and Learning Services

Faculty matters: Fall 2021 online examination options and alternatives

This session provides an opportunity to explore and discuss the different types of online assessments available for courses in Fall 2021 and how they compare to in-person examinations. Focus is given to how to preserve academic integrity in timed online assessments.

Feedback strategies: Engaging students in dialogue – Part 1: Annotating writing submissions

How can we engage students with feedback and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their learning before, during, and after assignments? The goal of this 4-part webinar series is to address these concerns with feedback strategies that engage students in dialogue. We will present several strategies suited to writing assignments such as essays, research (term) papers, and lab reports.

Feedback strategies: Engaging students in dialogue – Part 2: Submitting interactive cover sheets

How can we engage students with feedback and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their learning before, during, and after assignments? The goal of this 4-part webinar series is to address these concerns with feedback strategies that engage students in dialogue. We will present several strategies suited to writing assignments such as essays, research (term) papers, and lab reports.

Feedback strategies: Engaging students in dialogue – Part 3: Collaborating on assessment criteria

How can we engage students with feedback and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their learning before, during, and after assignments? The goal of this 4-part webinar series is to address these concerns with feedback strategies that engage students in dialogue. We will present several strategies suited to writing assignments such as essays, research (term) papers, and lab reports.

Feedback strategies: Engaging students in dialogue – Part 4: Dividing assignments into multiple stages

How can we engage students with feedback and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their learning before, during, and after assignments? The goal of this 4-part webinar series is to address these concerns with feedback strategies that engage students in dialogue. We will present several strategies suited to writing assignments such as essays, research (term) papers, and lab reports.

Planning your courses: Blended learning activities and assessments

Does designing courses with a blend of online and in-person learning activities seem like a daunting task? Are you thinking about ways to implement assessments that encourage academic integrity? In this webinar, we share strategies to help you plan different activities and assessments so that students achieve course learning outcomes.

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Implementation

Creating online assessments in myCourses

Wondering which myCourses assessment tools can best support student learning in your course? This webinar will identify the various types of assessment technologies available in myCourses, with an emphasis on the Quizzes and Assignments tools.

Customize your course evaluations: Writing meaningful questions

Instructors can add up to three questions to their Mercury end-of-course evaluation questionnaires. Attend this webinar to learn how to design questions that will allow you to obtain meaningful student feedback. By the end of this webinar, you will be able to: Distinguish between well- and poorly-written course evaluation questions; (2) Write questions that follow sound design principles; (3) Select appropriate questions from the bank of recommended questions.

Designing and implementing effective teamwork assignments

Have you ever assigned a team assignment that resulted in students complaining about peers not pulling their weight? Are you seeking ideas for designing effective team assignments? Join us for this session where we will discuss how to plan effective teamwork assignments and use FeedbackFruits to implement them. 

Engaging students online with Zoom: Taking Zoom to the next level

Have you got the basics of Zoom? Interested in how to engage your students with this tool? This 30 min session will focus on key strategies you can implement to engage students online with Zoom. We will focus on whiteboarding, screen sharing, breakout rooms as well as other interactive strategies to take your Zoom skills to the next level.

Enhance students' engagement with course material via social annotation

Interested in getting students better prepared for class and fostering deep engagement with course material? Introduce your students to social annotation using Perusall—a strategy where students comment on text, videos, or images in an online, asynchronous collaborative environment. Use with large and small classes.

Getting started with Polling @ McGill

Interested to know how polling can be used to engage your students? This webinar will introduce you to the variety of ways to use Polling @ McGill. You will experience the different types of polling questions and consider when best to use them.

How are students faring? Planning and implementing your mid-course evaluation strategy

Wondering how students are faring in your course several weeks into the term? Join us for this webinar where we will address how to select an appropriate mid-course evaluation strategy and determine how to respond to feedback.

Managing your course in myCourses

Curious about how myCourses can help you stay connected with your students and keep them on track while instructing them remotely? Join us for this webinar that will highlight the different tools and strategies to help you manage your course, communicate expectations and help your students succeed.

Peer assessment with FeedbackFruits

Want to know more about peer assessment and how it can be done online? This webinar will introduce you to peer assessment and FeedbackFruits—a tool to support the process. You will learn about the key parameters for your peer assessment activity and get guidance for setting it up in FeedbackFruits.

Preparing course content

Find out how to create, curate and organize your course content. This webinar will give you an overview of the various tools available to create your course content, how to organize your materials and engage your students by designing learning activities.

Promote community learning with Mural

Do you like using whiteboards and sticky notes? Are you interested in learning how to promote community and learning with digital workspaces? This interactive webinar introduces you to different types of MURAL activities and when best to use them.

Promoting student interaction and engagement for in-person and online learning

Keep your remote courses interactive and engaging using McGill’s virtual teaching tools. This interactive webinar will present suggestions on how to keep your students actively learning while connecting with peers and instructors in a meaningful way.

Simple strategies to improve student learning: Retaining course content

Wondering how to help students improve their ability to retain course material from one week to the next? In this webinar, we will introduce evidence-informed teaching strategies, such as retrieval, spacing and interleaving practices, that support students’ mastery of course content. Strategies introduced in this webinar require minimal preparation and little or no grading.

Teaching strategies for engaging students in remote learning

Wondering how to enhance student engagement, promote discussions, and encourage learning in your remote classes? Come experience several strategies through demonstrations and peer sharing. You will leave with concrete ideas for planning your classes.

Why don’t my students get it? Simple strategies to teach complex course content

Wondering why it is difficult for your students to understand course content that is easy and obvious to you? In this vodcast, we will introduce a phenomenon known as the “curse of knowledge” that addresses this question, and we will share evidence-informed teaching strategies for minimizing the impact of the curse of knowledge on one’s teaching. These strategies require minimal preparation and little or no grading.

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Promoting community and well-being in a remote learning environment

In this webinar, we share strategies for helping students feel connected and part of a classroom community in a remote learning environment.

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