MacPherson Memo: 06/26/2019
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Student Course Design and Delivery Consultants

Are you designing (or redesigning) a course, and would appreciate student involvement and perspective in the process? Or would you like student feedback on your lectures?

Have a MacPherson Student Course Design or Delivery Partner work with you for the Fall 2019 semester (up to 4 hours per week). Students will be paid for their work through the MacPherson Institute Student Partners Program (i.e., no cost to the faculty partner). Click here for more information and to access the application form. Only a limited number of positions exist. Apply now!

Application DeadlineJuly 8, 2019

Opportunity to Submit Project Proposals for the Student Partners Program

The Student Partners Program (SPP) aims to establish meaningful partnerships between students and staff/faculty working on teaching and learning projects at McMaster. Since the program was established (in collaboration with the Arts & Science Program) in 2013-14, nearly 400 students from across campus have taken part, working in partnership with faculty and staff to design and develop courses and curricula, create pedagogical resources, and conduct teaching and learning research. Students become full members of project teams, and are compensated for their contributions.
We’re currently seeking submissions for projects to be included in the SPP in Fall/Winter 2019-20. See the program guidebook for further information about what kinds of projects are appropriate, and what is expected of individuals participating in the SPP. Anyone on campus (faculty/staff/student) working on a teaching and learning project that aligns with the program criteria (see pp. 3-4 of the guidebook) can submit that project for consideration. Note that students proposing projects will have to find a faculty/staff member willing to collaborate with them on the work prior to submission. 
Potential projects should be submitted, using the following online form, by July 8, 2019:

The student partners program review committee will vet all project submissions, and projects appropriate to the program will be advertised to students in an open call. We also take student interest into consideration when finalizing project decisions, so you will be notified if your project has been funded after the deadline for student applications (by August 9). If you have any questions, please contact the SPP team (
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.
Thanks for reading!
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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