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Teaching & Learning Forum

The Teaching & Learning Forum is an annual event open to new and returning McMaster teaching assistants (TAs), graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and sessional instructors. It offers participants information sessions and workshops on various teaching and learning topics, as well as an opportunity to network. This year’s virtual event will have both asynchronous and synchronous sessions.

August 20th – September 10th, 2020
Avenue to Learn

The event is free, but registration is required.

2020 Teaching & Learning Forum with held virtually with asynchronous and synchronous sessions.

The Teaching & Learning Forum is an annual event hosted by the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation, and Excellence in Teaching. It offers new and returning teaching assistants (TAs), graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and sessional instructors information sessions and workshops on various teaching and learning topics. This year the event will take place fully online with a series of asynchronous workshops (pre-recorded workshops you can complete at any time) available starting as early as August 20, 2020. There will also be a few synchronous online workshops (live online workshops taking place at a set time) available on September 10, 2020.

The online asynchronous workshops will be able to be found on the Teaching & Learning Forum Avenue to Learn site. After you register, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the Teaching & Learning Forum Avenue site which will go live on August 20.

The synchronous online workshops will largely take place via Microsoft Teams, with links provided prior to September 10.

As a registrant, there is no limit to the number of online asynchronous workshops that you may complete. However, should you choose to participate in the synchronous online workshops, you may only register for up to two workshops scheduled.

If you are being asked to engage in the Teaching & Learning Forum as part of training for a TA position, please be sure to connect with your employment supervisor prior to the event so you can discuss expectations (i.e. which sessions you should attend, number of hours that will be accounted for in your Hours of Work Form). Any mandatory training that you are asked to complete by your employment supervisor should be accounted for in your hours of work. Please note that training deemed to be not mandatory (i.e., optional training) will not be accounted for in your hours of work (i.e., it will not be paid training).

If you are a sessional instructor, please consult with your employment supervisor to inquire whether training (and if so, which training) will be mandatory for your teaching assignment.

Asynchronous Workshops available as early as August 20:


  • Knowing Your Rights, Benefits and Obligations as a CUPE 3906 Member
  • TA Professionalism and Good Practices
  • Undergraduates as TAs


  • An Introduction to Avenue to Learn
  • An Overview of McMaster Supported Teaching Technologies
  • Teaching Effectively with Zoom
  • Echo360 How-Tos
  • WebEx Essentials Training
  • PowerPoint Design for Learning


  • Finding, Creating and Using Open Educational Resources in Teaching
  • Creating and Using Videos for Teaching Online
  • Teaching Effectively Online
  • Motivating and Engaging Students Online
  • Building and Maintaining Community in Online Learning Contexts
  • Facilitating Online Discussions
  • Technical Quality Assurance: Tips and Tricks for Professional Content


  • Lesson Planning in Face-to-Face and Online Contexts
  • Copyright and Course Materials
  • Academic Integrity
  • Teaching Contentious Topics
  • Marking Efficiently and Effectively
  • Active Learning


  • Accessibility and Accommodation
  • Accessibility Considerations and Advice
  • Mental Health in the Classroom

Synchronous Workshops on September 10:

  • Microsoft Teams Orientation [8:30am – 9:20am]
  • Equity and Inclusion in Teaching [9:30am – 10:20am]
  • Teaching and Learning with a Disability: Accessibility, Disclosure, and Mutual Support [10:30am – 11:20am]
  • Accessibility and Accommodation Live Discussion [11:30am – 12:20pm]
  • Teaching in a Canadian Classroom Panel [12:30pm – 1:20pm]
  • Research and Teaching Support from Your Library [1:30pm – 2:20pm]
  • How to Manage Challenging Classroom Situations: Successful Strategies & Solutions [2:30pm – 3:20pm]
  • Collecting Feedback on Your Teaching [3:30pm – 4:20pm]

Register here: