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 term with a remote-first approach. While the Mills Library will be open to students and library staff starting September 7, the MacPherson Institute staff will continue working remotely as much as possible during the fall term. At this time, the MacPherson Institute office space and studios will be unavailable to ensure campus spaces can be prioritized for student-use and to evaluate operational needs that will best support our teaching and learning partners with their in-person, hybrid or online learning environments.
The MacPherson Institute will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines from the university and will work with and listen to our educators, Faculties, and campus partners to assess the support needs throughout the fall term and make appropriate adjustments as needed.
To learn more about the remote and hybrid teaching and learning supports offered by the MacPherson Institute, visit: mi.mcmaster.ca/teaching-remotely/.