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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. This workshop is 24 hours over 3 days.


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. This workshop is 16-24 hours over 3 days.

May 10, 11, 13, 2021: Meeting synchronously (on MS Teams) from 10:00 am – 11:30 am and 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm each day. Eventbrite registration

Assessment Development Workshop (ADW)
Come develop a new or existing assessment for your course. We’ll rubrics, assessing group
work, and more! This workshop helps instructors implement meaningful assessments that
support student learning.


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 and may involve consolation with the McMaster library personal such as the Research and Advanced Studies Librarian. Participants will be expected to identify a venue through which they will share their work.