MacPherson Memo: 08/07/2019
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Bringing Computing into the Classroom

Computing is integral to many subjects we teach at the undergraduate level – from creating multimedia, to harnessing big data, to modelling complex processes. A barrier, however, can be accessing the software when and where you need it. In this presentation, Dr. Nick Bock (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour) will share approaches to delivering software and data to students’ own devices in a classroom with a focus on enhanced student and instructor experiences.  Specifically, Dr. Bock will demonstrate a cloud-computing method used recently in an undergraduate course on campus that successfully taught programming to students from a range of backgrounds.  Participants are encouraged to discuss their own computing needs for their courses and to share experiences.

August 12, 2019, 11:00am – 12:30pm
(MacPherson Classroom)
A pizza lunch will be served.


Please register for the event at:

Teaching and Learning Resource Fair

All McMaster University faculty members, instructors (including sessional instructors) and instructional staff are invited to join us to connect with the various support units involved in teaching and learning. 

Aug 29th, 2019
12:30pm – 2:00 pm
MacPherson Classroom

A pizza lunch will be served.  Please register at:

Register now for Fall 2019 Teaching & Learning Certificates of Completion Program Courses

The Teaching and Learning Certificates of Completion Program is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Students and fellows may earn one, or both, of the following certificates of completion throughout their studies:  
  • Teaching and Learning Foundations Certificate of Completion
  • Teaching and Learning Scholar Certificate of Completion

All courses take place in the MacPherson Institute Classroom (L508/L509 Mills Library).   Graduate students register for the courses in Mosaic, postdoctoral fellows by emailing Jennifer Faubert ( and requesting that their name be added to a class list.

Registration is first come, first served. There are no waitlists.

Find all of the information on our website.

Share your feedback in our Avenue to Learn LMS Review

Are you interested in helping us make Avenue to Learn better? Do you have an opinion you want to share about Avenue? Have you had a great experience, or are you struggling with the features of Avenue to Learn? We want to know!

Please fill out the Avenue to Learn (LMS, or Learning Management System) survey here: Results from this survey will help us identify gaps in service, opportunities to provide better support and tools to the McMaster community as well as critically examine the existing educational technology on campus.

Results will be published first to McMaster’s Provost then publicly on the MacPherson website.

Save the date: Research on Teaching and Learning Conference

The Research on Teaching and Learning Conference is an annual event hosted by the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation & Excellence in Teaching to bring together a diverse community of educators to share teaching and learning scholarship from within the McMaster community and beyond.

Thursday, December 5 - Friday, December 6
(Day 1): 8:30am - 4:00pm
(Day 2): 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: David Braley Health Sciences Centre
100 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON
The conference theme this year focuses on Research on Teaching and Learning in and across the Disciplines and provides the opportunity to explore trends and issues within different disciplinary contexts. 

We hope you can join us! More information will follow soon.
Fall 2019 Course Materials Adoptions

Please follow the instructions found here:
Submitting your adoption as soon as possible will help us make sure the booklist we build will give students the information they need.  And, it allows us the time needed to source used copies, find alternate formats and negotiate pricing, which helps us provide options to students that will best suit their learning style and budget. 

No textbook? Let us know!We will include this in the booklist, and it will help our staff answer questions.

Using iClickers? Please include this in your adoption.

Contact if you would like to use Custom Courseware for your course.

Using OER materials? We want to include this in the booklist!We can link to most OER materials and produce print copies on demand.

Required supplies (i.e. lab coats, goggles, lab books, mineral kits)? Email 
Campus Store Course Materials Team  
Phone: 21913   


Instructional Skills Workshop for Faculty and Instructors
The Instructional Skills Workshop (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.

In fulfilling the time and participation requirements of the ISW, you will earn an internationally-recognized Instructional Skills Workshop certificate.

Upcoming ISWs at McMaster

August 2019
August 13th - August 15th 
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. is moving to LinkedIn Learning

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Happy August!
Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching
Mills Library L504, McMaster University,
1280 Main Street West, Hamilton,
Ontario, L8S 4K1

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