MacPherson Memo: 09/25/2019
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Call for Abstracts:
Research on Teaching and Learning Conference

The Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching is excited to announce the return of the Research on Teaching and Learning Conference.

December 5 - 6, 2019
Location: David Braley Health Sciences Centre

The theme for this year focuses on Research on Teaching and Learning Within and Across the Disciplines. Disciplinary connection is a defining feature of research on teaching and learning. This conference provides an opportunity for a 'deep dive' into current issues and trends within different disciplinary contexts while simultaneously providing spaces to discuss points of convergence and connection across disciplinary boundaries and contexts.

Deadline for submissions:
5:00pm on Monday, September 30, 2019

Find all of the details.

Incorporating Technology Into Your Teaching TLN presents:
Making the Most of Office365


Alexandra Le Marquand, Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft and Bryan Czerneda, Software Management Coordinator, UTS, will be our guides as we explore the amazing possibilities that Microsoft Office 365 offers our teaching and learning communities. Together we’ll discover how it works, how it saves time and how it opens up collaboration across individuals and devices, as well as the new pedagogical tools that are now integrated into tools we are all familiar with (e..g, PowerPoint).

All are welcome
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
MacPherson Classroom, Floor 5R in Mills Library

Educator Enhancement Program

Are you interested in improving an aspect of your teaching? Then register for the seminars and workshops offered through MacPherson’s Educator Enhancement Program. With more than a dozen seminar topics to choose from, you are sure to find ones that pique your interest. And if you complete several seminars, you can earn for a certificate of completion!

Upcoming offerings include:
Accessibility in Teaching and Learning
(starting October 4)

Student Engagement and Motivation
(starting October 23)

Technology Enhanced Teaching
(starting October 30)
To register for these (and more) seminars, visit

Share your feedback on Avenue to Learn LMS Review

Survey re-opening September 27th until October 6th at

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!

Avenue to Learn users were invited in July to provide their feedback via a survey and over 600 students, staff and faculty responded – thank you! We will now reopen the survey on Friday, September 27th until October 6th to extend the opportunity to our community of users. 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

Invitation to Participate in Research about Equity-Focused Pedagogical Partnerships

Are you a current or past student, staff, or faculty member who has participated in a pedagogical partnership?

Did the project(s) on which you partnered focus on enhancing equity and inclusion in higher education or result in equity-related impacts (as defined by you)?
We would like to invite you to participate in a 45-60 minute in-person or Skype interview. You will also be asked to complete an optional demographic form. We are interested in learning more about the impacts and experiences of partnering on projects to enhance equity and inclusion in higher education. We hope to contribute to the growing body of literature about student-staff partnership, and to the development and refinement of a pilot stream of the SPP that focuses on equity and inclusion more specifically. Please see the Letter of Information for further details.
You will receive a $10 gift card for either Starbucks or Amazon, in recognition of your time.
This study has been reviewed and cleared by the McMaster Research Ethics Board. Please email the research team at if interested in participating.
Interested in exploring Augmented and Virtual Reality?
eCampusOntario is inviting applications to pilot an Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) tool
There are 1000 licenses for Creator AVR, available, with the aim of distributing the licenses across 6 institutions. In brief, Creator AVR is a platform where immersive learning modules can be viewed in AR, VR, or mobile touch screen mode (via PC, iOS, Android, or HMD), in single or multi-user mode, and synchronously or asynchronously. The drag and drop software allows users to create interactive AR and VR learning modules using 3D models from the platform’s large library, or models that you’ve built on your own/retrieved from elsewhere.

Learning modules can also include quizzes, challenges, and voiceovers to guide and track student progress, and can be quickly assessed in teaching and learning settings. Creator AVR is suited to a wide range of disciplines, and requires no programming experience. 
For more information on how to get involved with the pilot, please contact Joanne Kehoe at

Join the SoTL Scholars Teaching and Learning Network
Interested in discussing and hearing more about the scholarship of teaching and learning at McMaster? There is a TLN for that!

All McMaster educators that would like to engage with peers regarding SoTL are welcome to join our Teaching and Learning Network (TLN). The NEW SoTL Network provides opportunities for SoTL Scholars to share knowledge and experiences within an informal space creating possibilities of inquiring about and reflecting upon SoTL practices. The goal of the Network is to build SoTL capacity, exchange ideas, create a repository of resources and develop meaningful partnerships amongst educators. Any McMaster faculty/staff working on a teaching and learning research project or simply interested in learning more about the scholarship of teaching and learning is welcome to join the network.  

Monday, October 21st at 11:30am-12:30pm
Monday, November 18th at 11:30am-12:30pm (MacPherson Classroom)
Please Contact Julia Evanovitch to join our listserv and to receive meeting updates.
Echo360 Ontario Summit

Join the Echo360 2019 Ontario Summit at Amazon Offices Toronto to discuss a range of topics in video technology, such as: transforming the traditional law lecture, how online learning is catalyzing a shift in how we teach and learn, and how McMaster University is making use of scenario-based learning and community engagement across campus to support faculty in building confidence, capacity and community.

Come along and share your own experiences from your course or institution, network with others interested in this field, and contribute to shaping the development of future learning analytics with Echo360.

October 21st, 2019
Amazon Offices - Toronto, On
Click here for more info and to register.

Hacking Exercise For Health MOOC Launches

McMaster's Stuart Phillips and Martin Gibala translate the latest science on the benefits of strength training and interval training for health and fitness in McMaster University’s latest massive open online course (MOOC). They provide practical tips on effective exercise strategies that are accessible to all, including older individuals and those with time-pressed schedules. 
Together they share their wisdom and offer insights to give you the tools to build an effective and realistic exercise routine to maintain fitness throughout your lifetime.

We encourage you to sign up and share this valuable learning opportunity widely.
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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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