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Accessibility in Teaching & Learning

Teaching accessibly is something everyone can do, but it can sometimes be difficult to know where or how to start. This seminar will provide participants with opportunities to explore different approaches to accessibility and accommodation, apply principles of universal design to existing teaching materials, and exchange constructive feedback with other instructors.

Starting: November 2017 - click the registration button for more details



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? Join us for an upcoming seminar series that will provide techniques and useful discussions for Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs). By the end of the seminar series you will develop the tools to measure students' comprehension in real time.

Starting: September 2017 - click the registration button for more details



Collecting Student Feedback

Participants in this seminar will be introduced to various techniques and strategies to collect feedback on student learning, as well as 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 changes in their teaching to enhance student learning and engagement.

Starting: September 2017 - 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 to anonymously collect honest, useful, personalized, formative, and timely student mid-term 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)



Increasing Student Interactions Online

Designing and maintaining online student interactions is increasingly an important part of teaching. This workshop focuses on how to improve the quality of online discussions, effective use of social media, and strategies for engaging students through digitized course content.

Starting: October 2017 - 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: October 2017 - click the registration button for more details



Advanced Topics in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

This session will provide an opportunity for colleagues to design and undertake a small-scale piece of SoTL research within their discipline using an established framework. It will be co-developed/designed in response to needs identified from participants attending the Intro to SoTL session in Oct-Dec 2017.

Starting: TBA - look for an annoucment December 2017



Student Engagement and 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 2017 and January 2018 - 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 2017 and December 2017 - click the registration button for more details



Teaching and 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 maintain academic rigor.

Starting: November 2017 - click the registration button for more details




Teaching Effectively Online

This seminar is appropriate for faculty and instructors who are looking to introduce new online teaching strategies or refine existing ones - 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 for effectively teaching online, and will have the opportunity to practice and obtain peer feedback on an online teaching strategy of relevance to their course context.

Starting: August 2017 and November 2017 - click the registration button for more details



Teaching Squares

Teaching Squares are an opportunity for faculty to gain new insight into their teaching through a process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. Four faculty members from across campus will create a "teaching square" and invite one another to observe their classes. This seminar will culminate in a one hour follow-up meeting where participants can reflect on what they observed and the feedback that they received from the other participants in their teaching square.

Starting: October 2017 - click the registration button for more details




Video Made Easy

By 2017, online video will account for 74% of all online traffic*. Video is a part of our everyday, and increasingly 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. *http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends

Note: This workshop requires approximately 20 minutes 'homework' prior to the first session and thus registration will close on October 2nd

Starting: October 2017 - click the registration button for more details




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