Teaching Competence

Effective teachers are able to explain difficult concepts clearly and concisely. They facilitate discussions, organize interactive sessions, and provide constructive feedback to their students. SKILLSETS offers a number of workshops to help you build and strengthen your teaching abilities, whether as a TA, course instructor or in a non-academic career.


You may also want to visit the Teaching Snapshots for teaching advice from some inspiring McGill teachers! 

Our major teaching competence offerings include:

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Building your Teaching Portfolio
How do you effectively translate your teaching skills and experiences onto paper? What is important to include in a teaching portfolio when applying for a teaching job? This workshop will explain how to best document your teaching experiences and effectively communicate the skills you have acquired to a hiring committee.

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Concept Mapping to Promote Teaching and Learning
Having trouble organizing the key concepts in your course? This session will discuss concept mapping as a method for engaging students in active and meaningful learning. In addition to exploring a wide range of applications for concept mapping in teaching, participants will create their own concept maps and be introduced to the software CmapTools.

Designing and Delivering Effective Lectures
What are the building blocks of an effective lecture? This workshop provides the tools you need to build a presentation that successfully conveys key concepts and keeps students engaged.

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Engaging Students Using Active Learning Strategies
How do you keep students engaged in the course material? Active learning is one powerful tool to make this happen. This session will introduce active learning strategies, and discuss ways to effectively select and apply active learning in the classroom. You will learn how to overcome challenges in implementing activities and keep your students engaged.

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Giving Effective Face-to-Face Feedback
Providing students with feedback during face-to-face interactions creates powerful learning opportunities. As an instructor, how can you frame comments to constructively promote further learning and motivation? In this session, you will explore both the importance of face-to-face feedback and techniques for answering and asking questions in one-on-one and larger group settings.

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Grading in the Humanities and Social Sciences
This hands-on seminar will explore the unique challenges of grading written work. The session will discuss the risks of grading bias and accountability from the perspective of both students and instructors. You will learn about the advantages of using a grading rubric. The seminar will also consider the formative and summative components of essays and written examinations.

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Grading in the Sciences
In this interactive workshop, you will learn about grading strategies and providing feedback in the sciences. Techniques to speed up the process of grading and improve the quality of feedback will be introduced. Participants will be shown how to use grading rubrics, which increase efficiency and consistently, whether you are working alone or in a group of TAs.  

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Improvisation: Engaging Small and Large Groups
This workshop provides participants the opportunity to play and learn with the basic principles of improvisation. You will explore principles of play related to engaging groups in educational settings. You will be invited to take part in various improv games that demonstrate improvisation rules. These experiential activities are designed to encourage participants to reach beyond their comfort zone to help discover more about themselves, human dynamics, and communications. 

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Interacting with Students / Interacting with the Course Supervisor
Different strategies are needed to interact with a group of students, provide one-on-one feedback, and engage with the course instructor. This session will introduce various strategies to prepare you to effectively navigate these dynamics. 

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myCourses Workshop for TAs
Do you know how to use myCourses? This workshop will teach you about using tools like content, discussions, grade book, assignments and quizzes.

 

Planning/Leading Effective Conferences/Discussions
Not sure how to plan a conference or a discussion? This interactive session will provide strategies to help you conduct successful classroom discussions.  Throughout the workshop, we will discuss and model effective ways to open, facilitate, and close discussions. We will also share ideas for encouraging active participation.

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Preparing and Delivering Lectures and Tutorials
Does the thought of speaking in front of a group of people make you nervous? Would you like to give a lecture or scholarly presentation with confidence? This session will explain some highly effective strategies for preparing and delivering an informative and engaging talk without anxiety.

Strategies on Supporting Student Mental Health
Interested in finding ways to support students’ mental well-being? At this workshop, we will discuss red flags to pay attention to, tips for conversations with students, and how to create a plan of support. You will get a chance to practice these skills through role-playing activities.

 

This workshop is offered by the McGill Mental Health Service

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Teaching and Learning in Science Labs
Are you teaching in a science lab? This interactive workshop focuses on how to create an optimal lab experience for students and TAs. Participants will be introduced to research-supported information on how students learn to help you plan your lab and take advantage of teachable moments. Come find out how to set up an environment – both physical and social – that encourages smoother lab sessions.

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Teaching for Learner Diversity: Universal Design for Learning
Today’s classrooms have a diverse student body. Have you ever wondered how you can create an engaging and accessible classroom for everyone? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework for designing curricula that enables all students to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. This session will introduce the theoretical framework of UDL and exercises to help you actively apply UDL within the classroom.

Teaching in One’s Second (or Other) Language
Teaching is hard, and teaching in your second language is an additional obstacle. Join us for an interactive workshop about the challenges of teaching in English at McGill. Learn what related research says and share strategies for fostering productive teaching and learning experiences in this multilingual learning environment.

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