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New issue (5.1) of the International Journal for Students as Partners published

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Read issue 5.1 here: The International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) is a journal operating from the MacPherson Institute at McMaster University. It is focused on students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education. This may involve students working with a wide variety of potential partners (referred to as staff) including […]

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MI Picks Issue 3: Time & Space in Online Teaching and Learning

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MI Picks is a pilot initiative to engage the McMaster community with recently published teaching and learning scholarship and its applications to practice. Seven articles were chosen for this issue on the theme of negotiating time and space in online learning. We were inspired by McMaster’s Fall 2020 Experience Survey recommendations on “reducing the [work]load”, […]

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Applications invited for McMaster Open Educational Resources Grant Program

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A grant program that makes it easier for McMaster University instructors to create and integrate free, high-quality online textbooks and other digital educational materials into their teaching is back for a second year, with an increased amount of total funding available. The Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant Program is a three-year pilot project jointly supported […]

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Announcing the winners of the Petro Canada-McMaster University Young Innovator Award

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Dr. Dilyana Mincheva, Assistant Professor in Critical Media in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Arts, and Dr. Adrianne Lickers Xavier, acting Director of the Indigenous Studies Program are the 2020-21 recipients of the Petro Canada-McMaster University Young Innovator Award.   The award recognizes the research achievements of an innovative scholar within the first eight years of their research […]

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Validating Innovation with Teaching and Learning Grants

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As Teal McAteer sat on a bench amid the campus trees with her friend and colleague Nancy Fenton, the bud of an idea began to form. McAteer had been describing the transformative learning approach in her “Leadership Development” course at the DeGroote School of Business and believed it was having a strong impact on her […]

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10 Tips to Improve the Audio Quality in Your Video Recordings

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We may think of video as a visual medium, but it’s the audio that tells us the story. Great audio connects the viewer to the visuals and keeps them engaged. Poor-quality audio disconnects the viewer from the content; the brain must work harder to understand, and fatigue happens quickly. In a pre-recorded lecture, it’s also […]

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MI Picks Issue 2: Care and Connection in Online Teaching and Learning

MI Picks is a pilot initiative to engage the McMaster community with recently published teaching and learning scholarship and its applications to practice. In light of recommendations emerging from McMaster’s Fall 2020 Experience Survey, five articles were chosen on the important theme of fostering connections in online learning environments. Together, these articles describe: Conceptual frameworks […]

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MacPherson Institute Publication Announcement

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“Envisioning Indigenized Geography: A Two-Eyed Seeing Approach” A piece coauthored by a MacPherson Institute staff member, Julia Evanovitch, with colleagues from Mount Royal University (Calgary) and the University of the South Pacific (Fiji), has recently been published in the Journal of Geography in Higher Education. Other McMaster contributors (Rebecca Lee, John Maclachlan, Rodrigo Narro Perez) […]

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Student Partners Program connects students to meaningful work

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The MacPherson Institute Student Partners Program is currently accepting student applications to work on collaborative teaching and learning projects with faculty and/or staff for the summer 2021 term. The program provides undergraduate and graduate students with paid opportunities to participate as partners with faculty, instructors and staff on projects that contribute to the enhancement of […]

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Focus on Teaching: Trevor King and Effective use of Video

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With the move to online teaching over the last year, many instructors have found themselves working with more media than ever. While this transition to online teaching has added some technology-related tasks to existing workloads, it has also come with some new opportunities for growth as well. Over the past year, there has been a […]

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