Teaching and Learning Networks

Teaching & Learning Networks – or TLNs – are informal groups of educators that seek to enhance their knowledge and/or skills in a particular topic of relevance to teaching and learning. Co-Chaired by faculty & supported by MacPherson Institute Educational Developers, participants engage in their topic of interest by sharing strategies, asking questions, and generating ideas as a group, which leads to a shared professional practice. Participation in these learning groups, though informal, is yet a form of engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Join us! For more information or to join a TLN group, contact our team of Educational Developers at eee@mcmaster.ca.

Level One Educators


Teaching Level 1 (1st Yr) courses offers unique challenges and exciting opportunities. This Level 1 Educators TLN shares best practices for teaching and learning, discusses effective methods for engaging Level 1 students, and offers diverse opportunities for intra-inter departmental collaboration amongst educators to enhance their skills and extend their professional development.

Co-Chairs:
Sandra Colavecchia
Lovaye Kajiura

Educational Developer:
Rebecca Taylor

Meetings:
Monday, September 24th, 2018, 12:30-1:20PM – MacPherson Review Room
Monday, November 26th, 2018, 12:30-1:20PM – MacPherson Boardroom
Monday, February 4th, 2019, 11:30AM-12:20PM – MacPherson Boardroom
Early June 2019 Speaker Event – date & time TBA

Experiential Learning


Do you currently use or are you trying to incorporate experiential learning into your classroom? Are you interested in meeting colleagues also interested in experiential learning? Our TLN on Experiential Learning covers topics such as current definitions in Ontario and at McMaster, how to include experiential learning in the classroom, experiential learning as community-engaged education, and assessment of experiential learning. Meetings include panel discussions, sharing experiences, activities, and of course, doughnuts! Hope to see you there!

Co-Chairs:
Elizabeth Hassan
Kate Whalen

Educational Developer:
Beth Levinson

Meetings: 11:30AM-12:30PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Mills Library Community Room, L304
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – Mills Library Community Room, L304
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – Mills Library MacPherson Classroom (floor 5R)
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – Mills Library MacPherson Classroom (floor 5R)

Student Engagement


Are you wondering how to get students motivated inside the classroom? Join us for four informal discussions oriented around topics such as problem-based learning, group work, and student engagement in lectures.

Co-Chairs:
Ana Tomljenovic-Berube
Aadil Merali

Educational Developer:
Jennifer Faubert

Meetings:
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 2:30-3:30PM – MacPherson Boardroom
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, 2:30-3:30PM – MacPherson Boardroom
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, 3:30 – 5:00PM – MacPherson Classroom

Accessibility and Equity


Do you have teaching-related responsibilities on campus (e.g. faculty, sessional, TA, course designer, facilitator of workplace training, writing tutor, learning support, etc.)? Would you like to debrief accessibility issues and innovations encountered in your teaching context this year? Join us at our meetings and roundtables for dialogue! 

Co-Chairs:
Linda Davis
Alise de Bie

Educational Developer:
Greg Van Gastel

Meetings:
Winter 2019 meetings TBD

Incorporating Technology in Your Teaching


Interested in incorporating educational technologies in your courses? Join our teaching and learning network to share and see examples of how educational technologies are being used around campus.

Co-Chairs:
Aadil Merali
Mike Justason

Instructional Designer:
Joanne Kehoe

Meetings:
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, 3:00-4:00PM – Mills Library Community Room
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, 3:00-4:00PM – MacPherson Classroom
Thursday, February 7th, 2019, 1:00-2:00PM – Mills Library Connections Centre
Thursday, March 7th, 2019, 3:00-4:00PM – Mills Library Community Room