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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 3-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.

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Fall 2017

Session #1: Thursday, August 17, 2017 || 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

(Wilson Active Classroom | L.R. Wilson Building 1056)

Session #2: Thursday, August 24, 2017 || 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

(Wilson Active Classroom | L.R. Wilson Building 1056)

Session #3: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 || 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Winter 2018

Session #1: Monday, December 4, 2017 || 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Session #2: Friday, December 8, 2017 || 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Session #3: Monday, February 5, 2018 || 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


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 3-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.

Dates

Fall 2017

Session #1: Thursday, August 22, 2017 || 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Wong eClassroom | Mills Library L107)

Session #2: Thursday, August 29, 2017 || 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Online)

Session #3: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 || 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Wong eClassroom | Mills Library L107)

Winter 2018

Session #1: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 || 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Wong eClassroom | Mills Library L107)

Session #2: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 || 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Online)

Session #3: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 || 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Wong eClassroom | Mills Library L107)


Collecting Student Feedback

Do you ever wonder whether students in your classes are actually learning what you think they should be learning? Or are you curious to know whether your teaching is effective for your students? If your answer to one or both of these questions is ‘yes’, consider registering for the Collecting Student Feedback seminar offered by the MacPherson Institute. In this three-part seminar, you will be introduced to various techniques and strategies to collect student feedback on their learning, as well as your teaching approaches and practices. You will then have the opportunity to refine feedback collection techniques of your choosing and try these out in your current courses, with the aim to make small changes in your teaching to address the student feedback you’ve collected. Participants will leave this seminar with knowledge of various student feedback collection techniques that can be implemented in various course contexts, and having collected and reflected on course feedback with the support of peers. Participants will also write a short reflection at the conclusion of this seminar to document their insights.

Dates

Fall 2017

Session #1: Thursday, September 28, 2017 || 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #2: Friday, October 6, 2017 || 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #3: Thursday, October 26, 2017 || 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)


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.


Dates

Fall 2017

Session #1: Monday, November 6, 2017 || 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #2: Friday, November 10, 2017 || 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #3: Monday, November 27, 2017 || 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Winter 2018

Session #1: Monday, March 5, 2018 || 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #2: Friday, March 9, 2018 || 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #3: Monday, March 26, 2018 || 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)


Introduction to Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

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


Dates

Fall 2017

Session #1: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 || 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #2: Monday, October 30, 2017 || 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #3: Monday, November 27, 2017 || 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)


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 October-December 2017.


Dates

Winter 2018

Session #1: TBA in December 2017

Session #2: TBA in December 2017

Session #3: TBA in December 2017


Student Engagement and Motivation

Creating a classroom space where students are excited to learn can be a challenge. This 3-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.


Dates

Fall 2017

Session #1: Monday, September 25, 2017 || 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session #2: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 || 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #3: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 || 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Winter 2018

Session #1: Monday, January 29, 2018 || 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #2: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 || 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #3: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 || 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)


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.


Fall 2017

Session #1: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 || 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)

Session #2: Classroom Visits (3 x 1 hour = 3 hours) - To Be Scheduled By Faculy Members

Session #3: Thursday December 7, 2017 || 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (MacPherson Classroom, Mills Library L508)


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!


Dates

Fall 2017

Session #1: Thursday, September 14, 2017 || 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Session #2: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 || 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (online)

Session #3: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 || 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.


Teaching and Assessment in Large Classes

As enrollment increases many instructors find themselves teaching to a great number of students each year. In this 3-part seminar we will discuss techniques for 'scaling up' classroom activites, assessment startagies which are practical for large groups and maintain academic rigor.

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