MacPherson Memo: 08/15/2019
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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.

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
(Hamilton, Ontario)

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.

The conference will provide an opportunity for attendees to share and celebrate the change and engagement that can occur in teaching and learning when we participate in SoTL and educational research.

We invite abstracts that explore research on teaching and learning in one or more of the following sub-themes:
  • Experiential Learning Equity,
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Students as Partners
  • Educational Leadership
  • Technology-Enhanced Education
  • Mental Health and Well-being
Proposals should consider how these issues are interpreted, understood, enacted, and investigated within and across disciplinary contexts.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on Monday, September 30, 2019

Find all of the details 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.

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   
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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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