MacPherson Memo: 09/04/2019
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Do you need feedback on your course or teaching?

The MacPherson Institute’s Course Refinement service can work with you mid-term to collect and respond to student feedback so you can make enhancements that will help improve the learning experience in your classroom.
Applications for the Fall 2019 term are now open and the deadline to apply is September 13th.

Due to the increased popularity of this service, there are limited spots available! To submit your application, please use the online MacPherson Support Request Form. Successful applicants will be contacted by September 20th to book their Course Refinement. Preference will be given to courses and instructors that have not had a refinement in the last 3 years.
For more information, visit our website or contact Educational Developer Rebecca Taylor.

Call for Student Advisory Committee Participation

Are you a student or do you know a student passionate about supporting student mental health and well-being at McMaster?

Dr. Catharine Munn and her team are currently looking for students to serve on the Student Advisory Committee for Phase II of the McMaster Student Mental Health and Well-being Strategy.

If this seems like something you or a student you know may be interested in, please see the application for further details.
Applications due: Sunday, Sept 15th at 11:59pm.

Invitation: User Testing for Echo360 Sandpit

Echo360 is an institutionally-supported online video platform, which has evolved into a new generation active learning environment, offering a range of possibilities to increase student engagement, inclusion, and participation. MacPherson is collaborating with a group of instructors, students, Campus Classroom Technologies, The Equity and Inclusion Office, and Echo360 support managers to learn how to increase student participation with the effective use of Echo360.

This initiative is called the Echo360 Sandpit. Its goals provide instructors with:
  • experience using Echo360 as a Student, while learning about the range of features that could help you increase student participation in your course/s
  • access to a safe space where you can practice as an Instructor using Echo360
  • an online community of Echo360 users/support
  • access to research and funding opportunities 
Interested in joining the beta-version or finding out more? Contact Christa Morrison, Digital Pedagogy Specialist at
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.
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.

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.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on Monday, September 30, 2019
Find all of the details on our website.
Comments, feedback or notes regarding the MacPherson Memo can be emailed here.
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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