Educators Enhancement Program

The MacPherson Institute is pleased to launch the new Educator Enhancement Program leading to two Certificates of Completion. This new program is designed to allow McMaster University educators to improve and enhance their teaching and learning practices in ways that are responsive and flexible to their own needs and interests. Participants in the program will select the seminars and practicum opportunities that are most relevant to their development. The program components are designed in such a way that encourage participants to consider the courses they teach, and identify changes that can improve learning, increase retention, and the enrich the student experience.

In order to meet the varying needs of McMaster instructors, we have created two Certificates of Completion, which are described below.

Certificate Information

Practicum Opportunities

 

Seminars

Reflective Portfolios 

Certificate 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.

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.

Seminars

Accessibility in Teaching and Learning

Teaching accessibly is something everyone can do, but it can sometimes be difficult to know where or how to start. This seminar will provide participants with opportunities to explore different approaches to accessibility, apply strategies of universal design to existing teaching materials, and exchange feedback with other instructors.

Teaching Effectively Online

This seminar is appropriate for instructors who are looking to introduce new online pedagogies or enhance existing practices and strategies, whether their course be web-facilitated, blended, or fully online. Participants in this three-part seminar will leave sessions with guiding resources, new ideas regarding effective design and delivery of online learning experiences, and will have the opportunity to practice and obtain peer feedback on an online pedagogy of relevance to their course context.
 
Aug 21
Aug 28
Oct 16

Active Learning

Active Learning Classrooms are spaces designed to support teaching and learning in an atmosphere conducive to engaging students actively in their own learning. Teaching in these spaces, however, may be different than teaching in a traditional classroom. Participants in this session will leave with several ideas to effectively teach in McMaster’s Active Learning Classrooms and will have practiced teaching in an active learning approach that fits one’s discipline.

Course (re)Design Seminar

The CrDS provides a space for instructors to design or redesign courses of any size to encourage student engagement and student success. Instructors from across campus participate in the CrDS to focus on the process and product of course design. During this interactive two-day workshop, participants have the opportunity to explore a variety of instructional strategies and assessment approaches.

Fri 20
May 01
May 07
May 08

Collecting Student Feedback

Participants in this seminar will be introduced to various techniques and strategies to collect student feedback on their learning, as well as your own teaching approaches and practices. As part of the three-part seminar, participants will collect student feedback in their current courses with the aim to make small changes in their teaching to enhance student learning and engagement.

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Accessibility in Teaching and Learning

Teaching accessibly is something everyone can do, but it can sometimes be difficult to know where or how to start. This seminar will provide participants with opportunities to explore different approaches to accessibility, apply strategies of universal design to existing teaching materials, and exchange feedback with other instructors.

Teaching Effectively Online

This seminar is appropriate for instructors who are looking to introduce new online pedagogies or enhance existing practices and strategies, whether their course be web-facilitated, blended, or fully online. Participants in this three-part seminar will leave sessions with guiding resources, new ideas regarding effective design and delivery of online learning experiences, and will have the opportunity to practice and obtain peer feedback on an online pedagogy of relevance to their course context.
 
Aug 21
Aug 28
Oct 16

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.