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Updates from the Campus Store

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Adoption Deadline for the Winter 2022 Term is October 1st*, 2021 Please submit course adoptions by following the instructions found here: https://campusstore.mcmaster.ca/faculty-staff/  *Adoptions will not be refused after this date.  Having course adoptions as soon as possible will allow us time to prepare so that students will be able to access their course materials when […]

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Remembering Paul MacPherson

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He’s remembered as a leading figure in the Canadian business community, an outstanding corporate citizen committed to giving back, a dedicated professor and an exceptional philanthropist who believed wholeheartedly in the power of higher education. Long-time McMaster supporter and alumnus Paul MacPherson ’57 died last week, but he leaves a remarkable legacy — one that […]

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Tech takeaways from the pandemic: Using Echo 360 to extend the virtual classroom

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In this Q&A, two members of the McMaster teaching and learning community share their key takeaways from teaching online and what tools can be leveraged for hybrid or in-person learning environments. As the university works toward safely bringing more in-person experiences Back to Mac this fall, there are many key learnings to carry forward from […]

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Fall Term Support from the MacPherson Institute

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As some instructors, students and staff in the McMaster community prepare for a safe return to campus in September, the province of Ontario remains in Step 3 of the re-opening plan. As per guidance from McMaster University, departments that are not student-facing should aim to reduce workplace density where possible and promote work from home arrangements as appropriate.   As a result, the MacPherson Institute will continue to provide supports and services through the fall […]

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Hypothesis and PeerScholar Pilot Project

The MacPherson Institute, in partnership with eCampus Ontario sandbox initiative, is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from instructors and staff to pilot the use of two educational technologies in their courses: Hypothesis and PeerScholar. Background The MacPherson Institute collaborates to explore, enhance, support, and recognize teaching and learning experiences at McMaster. In order to encourage […]

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Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning: An Environmental Scan of Approaches Across McMaster University

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Staff, students, and faculty associated with the MacPherson Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, and Arts & Science and Integrated Science Programs are preparing a book chapter on the “The Evolution of Inquiry-Based Learning at McMaster”. This chapter will contribute to an anthology intended to mark, in 2022, the 50th anniversary of McMaster’s teaching and learning […]

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WebEx will no longer be a university-supported video conference tool

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The introduction of multiple new web conferencing tools, especially over the past year, has created an opportunity to evaluate our current Cisco WebEx contract. With the support of the two main campus providers and support areas behind the use of WebEx, – the MacPherson Institute and Faculty of Health Sciences’ (FHS) Computing Services Unit (CSU) […]

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Ontario Extend Summer 2021 Offering

All Extend modules are now available as facilitated courses with optional synchronous and asynchronous check-ins! This summer eCampus Ontario is offering all six Extend modules as facilitated courses with optional synchronous and asynchronous check-ins delivered in the Brightspace Learning Management System. Beginning June 7th and with continuous enrollment through to August 28th, the flexible approach […]

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Teaching and learning fellows and grant recipients celebrated at recent virtual kick off celebration

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The 2021 cohort of the MacPherson Institute’s Teaching and Learning Fellowship and grant recipients was officially welcomed at a virtual kick off ceremony on June 22nd.  Current and previous fellowship and grant award winners gathered to celebrate the grants program and the many projects that were awarded this year – all of which aim to […]

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Focus on Teaching: Student Access to Learning

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Throughout the last month, we’ve been looking back at the Fall Teaching Recommendations that were released in the fall of 2020 after the Fall Experience Survey. This has been a challenging year, professionally and personally, for students, instructors and staff at the University. Everyone has had to adapt to uncertainty and changes that have come […]

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