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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 requirements.

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. A link to our brochure highlighting our current offerings.

The Educator Educator Enhancement Certificates of Completion is offered in four sections:

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

Certificates of Completion

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

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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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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