MacPherson Memo: 10/16/2019
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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:

Student Engagement and Motivation
(starting October 23)

Technology Enhanced Teaching
(starting October 30)

Teaching Effectively Online
(starting November 5)
To register for these (and more) seminars, visit
The University Libraries are offering a great line-up of events during Open Access Week, a global movement towards the free sharing of information and learning resources. For the complete event schedule, see
  • Oct. 22nd, learn how to identify predatory or deceptive publishers;
  • Oct. 23rd, representatives from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario will provide sessions on using the Open Government Portal. You can also drop-by the pop-up booth in Mills Lobby to ask questions about datasets for your research; and
  • Oct. 24th, hear guest speaker Dr. Rachel Harding present on her research on Huntington's Disease and argue for open science policies. This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on Open Science made up of faculty and graduate students.
All events are free and refreshments will be provided.

For more information about International Open Access Week, please visit The official twitter hashtag for the week is #OAWeek

Ethics of Communication:

“Don’t Dodge Ethics on your Communication Route to Success”

Speaker: John Bandler
Interpreting “communication” and “ethics” in the broadest sense: subtext in life, politics, science; hidden agendas; propaganda; numbers hiding in plain view; fraud…
Sponsors: Sci GSA - McMaster Science Graduate Students Association and McMaster WISE - Women in Science and Engineering Initiative.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
4:00 - 5:30 pm, Room JHE 264
 All welcome. Free admission. Free refreshments.
Please register here:

You are invited to Four Experiential Education
Lunch ‘n’ Learn Sessions

Join the MacPherson Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Community Engagement for four Experiential Education Lunch ‘n’ Learn Sessions over the 2019/2020 academic year.

All sessions take place between 12:00pm and 1:30pm with lunch provided.

Topics include:
  • Integrating Experiential Education into your Course (October 24th, Office of Community Engagement Boardroom, HH Room 103B); 
  • Reflection Development and Assessment (November 14th, Mills Library, Wong Classroom)
  • Partnership Brokering and Tools (January 23rd, 2020, Office of Community Engagement Boardroom, HH Room 103B)
  • Collaborative Solutions Workshop (TBD, 2020)
If you are interested in learning more about this TLN, please contact Beth Levinson ( or Jay Carter (

To register and for more details:

Instructional Skills Workshop for Faculty and Instructors

The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is offered within a small group setting and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. 
The ISW presents a framework for planning and delivering lessons, and provides a forum for participants to deliver three participatory lessons to a small group of peers and reflect on a variety of feedback. Participants will each design and deliver three 10-minute, participatory mini-lessons and provide constructive feedback on the lessons of others. Many experienced instructors use this workshop as a place for refining their ideas about education and trying out new approaches for their classes.
In fulfilling the time and participation requirements of the ISW, you will earn an internationally-recognized Instructional Skills Workshop certificate.
Upcoming ISWs at McMaster
December 2019
Monday, December 9th, Wednesday, December 11th, Friday, December 13th
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (each day) Location TBA  
May 2020
May 5th - May 7th
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the MacPherson Classroom
August 2020
Tuesday, August 18th, Wednesday, August 19th, Thursday, August 20th 
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the MacPherson Classroom
To register, or if you have any questions about the ISW, please contact Jennifer Faubert at

What’s your role in addressing mental health?


McMaster's Catharine Munn recently published an opinion piece about mental health on University

"Mental health is one of the most important issues facing youth and society at large. If universities are not rallying everyone from every corner of their campus to solve this problem, they are ignoring the canary in the coal mine, at their peril. They will also not be helping to solve the issues of critical importance to their communities and their country, at their peril. Children and youth are our truth-tellers, whether or not we are listening, as the climate crisis demonstrates. Rates of psychological distress, anxiety, depression, suicidal behaviours are rising, as we watch and wait, in our children and youth. As biologist E.O. Wilson said, “Let us see how high we can fly before the sun melts the wax in our wings.” Is that what we are waiting for?"

Read the full article here.
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.
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.

From the Program for Faculty Development (PFD)

Enhancing Your Facilitation Skills as a PBL Tutor (Advanced)
Wed., Oct. 30, 2019  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
McMaster Children's Hospital

Flyer with details
Presentation Tools Beyond PowerPoint (lunch & learn)
Wed., Dec. 4, 2019  12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
McMaster Children's Hospital
Let's Make Great Presentations (lunch & learn)
Mon., March 2, 2020    12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
David Braley Health Sciences Centre, 100 Main St. W., Ham., ON
Save the date
13th Annual DAY in Faculty Development
Tuesday, May 26, 2020    11:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (approx.)
David Braley Health Sciences Centre, 100 Main St. W., Ham., ON
Details will be forthcoming: (free event)
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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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