Educator Enhancement Program

Seminar Series and Resources

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!

See our 2018/2019 Educator Enhancement Program brochure here
To view additional online resources, click Learn More below

Introduction to SoTL

This seminar will provide you with the opportunity to learn about different conceptions, frameworks, and methodologies that inform the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning.

Classroom Assessment Strategies

This seminar provides techniques and strategies for applying in-course assessment strategies to gather information on the student learning process.

Collecting Midterm Student Feedback

This seminar will introduce you to various strategies to collect and use student feedback on your own teaching approaches and practices.

Student Engagement and Motivation

This seminar will discuss different factors of motivation and explore techniques to involve students in their own learning and create a lively and dynamic classroom which meets the needs of a diverse group of learners.

Teaching Contentious Topics

This seminar provides an overview of how issues over academic freedom and freedom of expression apply to the McMaster context, and suggests strategies for teaching topics that may elicit varying responses from students.

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Teaching Effectively Online

This seminar is intended for instructors who are looking to introduce new online pedagogies or enhance existing practices and strategies for web-facilitated, blended, or fully online courses.

Accessibility in
Teaching & Learning

This seminar will explore approaches to accessibility and accommodation, principles of universal design for learning, and exchange feedback with other instructors.

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Increasing Student Interactions Online

This seminar focuses on how to improve the quality of online discussions, effective use of social media, and strategies for engaging students through digitized course content.

Video Made Easy

Online video accounts for 74% of all online traffic. Video is increasingly a part of our everyday lives, both in and out of the classroom. Using basic principles taught by seasoned professionals, this seminar will explore simple tools and techniques to create engaging videos.

Experiential Learning and Reflection as Assessment

This seminar will help you with the integration of experiential learning into your teaching.  You will walk away with an experiential learning philosophy and an assessment framework for reflection elements.

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Teaching in Active Learning Classrooms

This seminar provides ideas and strategies for effectively teaching in Active Learning Classrooms, which are spaces specifically designed to actively engage students in their learning.

Teaching and Assessment in Large Classes

This seminar will discuss strategies for teaching a large number of students at one time, including techniques for ‘scaling up’ classroom activities and assessment strategies.

Technology Enhanced Teaching

This seminar will delve into a variety of technologies you can incorporate into your classroom to enhance student learning and engagement.

Teaching Portfolios at McMaster

This seminar will help you create or update your teaching portfolio, draft and refine a teaching philosophy statement, and map out other essential portfolio content.

Community Engaged Education

This seminar will introduce participants to McMaster’s Principles of Community Engagement, as well as strategies and tools for integrating Community-Engaged Education in to the classroom.  Seminar dates and additional details will be available soon.


Advanced Practicum Opportunities 

To register for any Advanced Practicum opportunity please email Kris Knorr.

Instructional Skills Workshops (ISW)

The 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.

Course (re)Design Seminar (CrDS)

The Course (re)Design Seminar aims to engage and support academic staff in the design or redesign a course. The Seminar includes facilitated sessions on course design topics, including constructive alignment, learning outcomes, and assessment; the Seminar also includes dedicated time for individual work and/or peer feedback and/or consultation time.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Project or Independent Project

Participants will engage in a self-directed study on a teaching and learning topic of their choice, selecting either a project with a research focus (e.g., literature review, research proposal, grant proposal), or an applied focus (e.g., develop and distribute a resource). The work will be supported via consultations and feedback from a MacPherson Institute Educational Developer. Participants will be expected to identify a venue through which they will share their work.


Reflective Portfolios

Foundational Capstone Portfolio Seminar

After participants have completed at least five seminars, they are invited to prepare a reflective portfolio
outlining (i) the seminars in which they have participated, (ii) what they have learned through their participation and (iii) what they have changed in their teaching practice as a result of their involvement in the seminars.

Advanced Capstone Portfolio Seminar

After participants have completed the Foundational Educator Enhancement & Enrichment – Certificate of Completion, an advanced practicum, and an additional three seminars, they are invited to prepare a reflective portfolio outlining (i) the seminars in which they have participated, (ii) what they have learned through their participation in the seminars and practicum experience, and (iii) what they have changed in their teaching practice as a result of their involvement in the program.


Certificates of Completion Information

Foundational Educator Enhancement
Certificate of Completion

To earn this certificate of completion, participants are required to:

  • Attend FIVE (5) seminars
  • Submit FIVE (5) reflective assignments, one for each seminar series attended, to be submitted within THREE (3) weeks of completing each seminar
  • Complete the Foundational Capstone Portfolio seminar
  • Submit the Foundational Capstone Portfolio

Advanced Educator Enhancement Certificate of Completion

To earn this certificate of completion, participants are required to

  • Have completed and been awarded the Foundational Educator Enhancement
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Attend THREE (3) additional seminars with reflective assignments
  • Attend and complete one Advanced Practicum Opportunity 
  • Complete the Advanced Capstone Portfolio seminar
  • Submit the Advanced Capstone Portfolio

It is not mandatory for participants to attend all three sessions of the seminar; it is, however, necessary to attend the first session if they wish to attend the second or third sessions. Generally, completion of all three sessions is required to apply the seminar toward a certificate of completion.