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Professor Hippo-on-Campus

Why Professor Hippo-on-Campus?

Professor Hippo-on-CampusDemand for student mental health support and services is increasing on post-secondary campuses in North America. Campuses must develop systems and processes to ensure students receive the attention, support and care that they need to thrive academically and personally. Building support and safety networks requires campus-wide engagement and culture shifts. At McMaster, we are committed to this endeavour.
Faculty and instructors (educators) and those who interact with, support and supervise McMaster students in many other ways (navigators) are integral to this process. They should not be expected to be mental health experts or counselors, but they are often ideally situated to recognize and respond to stressed and distressed students and to start important conversations and prevent unnecessary stress and distress. They must feel prepared and comfortable to address student needs in ways that are consistent with and appropriate to their roles.
The Professor Hippo-on-Campus program has been designed and tested to help accomplish these goals in an accessible and engaging format. You will learn a lot about what’s available and what to do to support student mental health. Let’s start talking about the hippo in the room – mental health!

What will I learn in the 8 modules?

You will learn, along with Professor Hippo, about…

  1. Why Professor Hippo?
  2. Stress, Resilience and Coping
  3. Emotions, Mental Health and Mental Illness
  4. Creating a Mental-Health Positive and Inclusive Learning Environment
  5. Communicating with Stressed and Distressed Learners
  6. Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress or Difficulty
  7. Accommodations: Context and Process
  8. Mental Health Matters for Educators and Navigators

Who will want to take this program?

  • Educators (those teaching and supervising students academically)
    • Sessional instructors
    • Faculty
    • Teaching Assistants
    • Research Assistants
    • Postdoctoral Fellows
    • Clinician Educators
    • Residents
    • Fellows
  • Navigators (those interacting with, supporting and supervising students in other ways)
    • Administrators
    • Full-time staff
    • Part-time staff
    • Contract staff
  • All Employees of McMaster (those who have access to Mosaic can register)

Will I receive a certification?

Participants who complete all of the following steps to certification will receive a “Certificate of Attendance” for completing the Professor Hippo-on-Campus program.

Steps to Completion and Certification Timeline
1. Complete the Pre-survey BEFORE viewing the modules on Avenue to Learn. Sign up for the Pre-Survey. Once you have registered, you will receive a link via email to complete the 10-20 minute survey. You have 2 weeks (after registration) to complete the survey.
2. Sign up for the course on Mosaic. It can take up to 24 hours to show up as a course on your Avenue to Learn. Sign up anytime.
3. Once the Pre-survey is complete and you are registered in Mosaic, you can start accessing the 8 modules on Avenue to Learn. You must complete the final quiz (takes 1 minute) in Avenue to Learn when you have finished the modules. You have 3 months/12 weeks to complete the modules after completing the Pre-survey.
4. Complete the Post-survey after quiz and module completion. The link to this survey will be sent to your email by the program within a week of quiz completion. You have 4 weeks to fill out the Post-survey after completing the quiz.

What are the benefits of becoming certified?

In addition to all of the practical skills and knowledge you will acquire…

  • You receive a Certificate of Attendance for completing the full program and can say you a a “certified” Professor Hippo-on-Campus participant.
  • You will receive a printable sign or sticker which lets others know you care about student mental health.
  • You will be eligible for future educational or training opportunities offered by Professor Hippo-on-Campus at McMaster
  • We will contact you about future educational or training opportunities offered by Professor Hippo-on-Campus at McMaster
  • You will retain ongoing open access to the most up-to-date set of modules and all of the attached resources on Avenue to Learn, which you can access anytime.
  • You can have your name shared with McMaster leadership and the McMaster community (optional) to let them know you are a student mental health supporter.

How can I register for the program?

  1. Log in to Mosaic.
  2. Open the “Regulatory Training” section.
  3. Click “Search by Course Name”
  4. Enter “Professor Hippo”
  5. Click “View Available Sessions”
  6. In the column called “Session,” click on the available session number.
  7. You will be prompted with the online class details. Ignore date and time listing as this course is online. Click “Continue”.
  8. This will generate a “Submit Training Request.” Click “Submit”
  9. It will take approximately 24 hours for your course to appear in Avenue to Learn.
  10. Don’t forget – you must complete the pre- and post-surveys in addition to the modules in order to be certified and recognized as completing the program.

Questions about the program?

Contact if you have questions about this program.