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** New Addition **

Sept 13/2018: We're please to annouce the addition of a brand new seminar: Experiential Learning & Reflection as Assessment starting in January 2019. Registration is now open. Click the big green REGISTER button.


** 2018/2019 Registration Now Open **

The 2018/2019 Seminars are here!!! Take a look below at what will be offered in 2018/2019 including two brand new seminars that have been added to the roster based on your requests!

General information about the certificate of completion program, including overall attendence requirements, can be found on our website: https://mi.mcmaster.ca/eep/#certificate-info

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2018 / 2019 Offerings

Accessibility in Teaching & Learning

Teaching accessibly can sometimes be difficult to know where or how to start. This seminar will provide you with opportunities to explore approaches to accessibility and accommodation, apply principles of universal design to teaching materials, and exchange feedback with other instructors.

Starting: November 2018, March 2019 and June 2019 - click the registration button for more details


Classroom Assessment Strategies

Do you ever feel that you are receiving blank stares from your students? Are you looking for a way to gauge their understanding that can be completed during class time? This seminar will provide techniques and discussions surrounding Classroom Assessment Strategies.

Starting: October 2018 and May 2019 - click the registration button for more details


Collecting Midterm Student Feedback

Participants will be introduced to various techniques and strategies to collect student feedback on their own teaching approaches and practices. As part of the three-part seminar, participants will collect student feedback in their current courses with the aim to make small tweaks and enhancements to their teaching to enhance student learning and engagement.

Starting: October 2018 and Febuary 2019 - click the registration button for more details


Course Refinement

A Course Refinement is a process where one or two MacPherson staff come to your class collect anonymous, honest, useful, personalized, formative, and timely student midterm feedback. The feedback is consolidated and returned directly to the instructor, along with consultation and discussion regarding possible enhancements or suggestions.

These sessions are individually booked by request. Please contact Rebecca Taylor (taylor10@mcmaster.ca)


Experiential Learning & Reflection as Assessment

This seminar will help you with the integration of experiential learning into your teaching. You will walk away with an experiential learning philosophy and an assessment framework for reflection elements.

Starting: January 2019 - click the registration button for more details


Introduction to Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about different conceptions, frameworks, and methodologies that inform the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in higher education and explore examples of SoTL within their own disciplines.

Starting: November 2018 and June 2019 - click the registration button for more details


Increasing Student Interactions Online

Designing and managing online student interactions is an important part of teaching. This workshop focuses on how to effectively plan and manage online discussions and collaborative work. Together we will explore learning spaces and content options in Flipgrid, Cisco WebEx Teams, and widely used Social Media platforms.

Starting: October 2018 and Febuary 2019 - click the registration button for more details


Peer Observation of Teaching

This seminar is an opportunity for faculty to gain new insight into their teaching through a process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. Participants in this seminar will practice observing teaching as well as giving and receiving feedback. This seminar will culminate in a 90-minute follow-up meeting where participants can reflect on what they observed and the feedback that they received from their peers in their teaching square.

Dates: Scheduled as we reach groups of 4. Please contact Jennifer Faubert (eee@mcmaster.ca) for more information.


Student Engagement & Motivation

Creating a classroom space where students are excited to learn can be a challenge. This three-part seminar will explore techniques to deeply involve students in their own learning, encourage them to be leaders in their own success and discuss ways to create a lively and dynamic classroom which meets the needs of a diverse group of learners.

Starting: September 2018, January 2019 and May 2019 - click the registration button for more details


Teaching in Active Learning Classrooms

Active Learning Classrooms are spaces designed to support teaching and learning in an atmosphere conducive to engaging students actively in their own learning. Teaching in these spaces, however, may be different than teaching in a traditional classroom. Participants in this three-part seminar will leave the sessions with several ideas to effectively teach in McMaster’s Active Learning Classrooms and will have practiced teaching in an active learning approach that fits one’s discipline.

Starting: August 2018 and November 2018 - click the registration button for more details


Teaching Contentious Topics ** Brand New for 2019 **

Increasing international political and ideological polarization has revived questions about academic freedom and freedom of expression in Canadian universities. This seminar provides an overview of how these issues apply to the McMaster context and suggests strategies for teaching topics that may elicit strong responses or contentious opinions from students. In particular, we will consider instructional techniques for encouraging students to explore unexamined assumptions, for using the tools of their disciplines to engage with each other as intellectual peers, and for creating classroom spaces that balance inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge with the institutional and pedagogical responsibility to provide a safe and secure learning environment.

Starting: March 2019


Teaching Effectively Online

This seminar is appropriate for instructors who are looking to introduce new online pedagogies or enhance existing practices and strategies, whether their course context be web-facilitated, blended, or fully online. Participants in this three-part seminar will leave sessions with guiding resources, new ideas regarding effective design and delivery of online learning experiences, and will have the opportunity to practice and obtain peer feedback on an online pedagogy of relevance to their course context.

Starting: August 2018 and November 2018 - click the registration button for more details


Teaching & Assessment in Large Classes

As enrollment increases many instructors find themselves teaching to a great number of students each year. In this three-part seminar, we will discuss techniques for 'scaling up' classroom activities, assessment strategies which are practical for large groups, and maintaining academic rigour.

Starting: November 2018, March 2019 and May 2019 - click the registration button for more details


Teaching Portfolios at McMaster

Designed to complement McMaster’s teaching portfolio requirements (described in SPS B2), in this seminar participants will have the opportunity to explore their values and beliefs about teaching, draft and obtain peer feedback on their teaching philosophy statement, and map out other essential sections of their portfolios.

Starting: March 2019 - click the registration button for more details


Technology Enhanced Teaching ** Brand New for 2019 **

Participants in this seminar will explore technologies ranging from wireless presentation, smart screens, live streaming, lecture capturing, student response systems, collaboration, and other engagement tools. Whether you are beginning to incorporate technologies into your teaching or you are a seasoned practitioner, you will consider technologies that can enhance student learning and engagement, practice using these technologies, and access resources and people to assist you.

Starting: October 2018


Video Made Easy

Online video accounts for 74% of all online traffic. Video is increasingly a part of our everyday lives, both in and out of the classroom. Using basic principles taught by seasoned professionals, this workshop will explore simple tools and techniques to create engaging videos. No experience necessary. Requires access to a phone with a camera and a laptop. Please note: this workshop requires pre-workshop homework and thus registration will close one week in advance of the start date.

Starting: November 2018 and April 2019 - click the registration button for more details




ADVANCED OFFERINGS

Course (re)Design Workshop (CrDW)

The Course (re)Design Workshop aims to engage and support academic staff in the design or redesign of a course. The workshop includes facilitated sessions on course design topics, including constructive alignment, learning outcomes, and assessment; the workshop also includes dedicated time for individual work, peer feedback, and consultation time.

Starting: May 2019 - Registration for this ADVANCED level offering will open in Spring 2019.

Dates:

  1. Tues, May 7, 2019
  2. Wed, May 8, 2019
  3. Thrus, May 9, 2019 (Optional)

9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day


Instructional Skills Workshops (ISW)

The ISW is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. Participants review basic ideas about teaching, check current practices, and try new strategies and techniques. During the 3-day workshop, participants design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive verbal, written and video feedback from other workshop participants.

Starting: December 2018, May 2019, June 2019 and August 2019 - Registration for this ADVANCED level offering is done by e-mail. Please contact Jennifer Faubert eee@mcmaster.ca to register.

Dates:

Offering #1:

  1. Mon, Dec 10, 2018
  2. Wed, Dec 12, 2018
  3. Fri, Dec 14, 2018

9:00 am - 4:30 pm each day

Offering #2:

  1. Wed, May 1, 2019
  2. Thurs, May 2, 2019
  3. Fri, May 3, 2019

9:00 am - 4:30 pm each day

Offering #3:

  1. Mon, June 17, 2019
  2. Wed, June 19, 2019
  3. Fri, June 21, 2019

9:00 am - 4:30 pm each day

Offering #4:

  1. Tues, Aug 13, 2019
  2. Wed, Aug 14, 2019
  3. Thurs, Aug 15, 2019

9:00 am - 4:30 pm each day


Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Project or Independent Project

Participants will engage in a self-directed study on a teaching and learning topic of their choice, selecting either a project with a research focus (e.g., literature review, research proposal, grant proposal), or an applied focus (e.g., develop and distribute a resource). The work will be supported via consultations and feedback from a MacPherson Institute Educational Developer and may involve consutation with the McMaster library staff such as the Research and Advanced Studies Librarian. Participants will be expected to identify a venue through which they will share their work.

Dates: As requested - Registration for this ADVANCED level offering is done by e-mail. Please contact Kris Knorr (knorrk@mcmaster.ca)

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