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Announcing the Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant Winners

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Building inroads to accessible, high-quality online digital education materials is critical in our current shift to online learning. We congratulate the first recipients of the OER Grant Program – a three-year pilot supported jointly by the Office of the Provost, McMaster University Libraries and The MacPherson Institute. The following faculty and projects will be supported […]

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MacPherson Institute offers support and resources to instructors for transition to online fall term

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With the recent announcement from the President that fall term will be held online (with a few exceptions), the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching will provide a variety of supports and services for Faculty and instructors to leverage now and through the summer to prepare for the transition to […]

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Survey for McMaster faculty members on approaches to teaching

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Researchers from McMaster and UCLA want to investigate instructors’ beliefs about teaching and learning. To do this, they are administering an anonymized survey with 16 questions and requesting all instructors to complete it. The survey takes no more than 6-8 minutes to complete. While there is no direct compensation for your time, the results from […]

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Maximizing Student Engagement in the World of E-Learning

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The academic world has been able to leverage online learning throughout the pandemic; however, questions of how to succeed in delivering quality education in this format are of utmost importance. A webinar titled “How to Make Your Course Interactive and Engaging” conducted by psychologist and educationist, Dr. Stephen Murgatroyd, addresses the issue of how to […]

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Upcoming PebblePad Training Webinars


Beginning Friday, May 15, PebblePad’s North American Consultants will begin a series of Lunch, Learn & Share webinars designed to address some of the questions and challenges you may be facing as you pivot from face-to-face to fully online teaching. In the first session they will discuss global trends as the shift to online education happens. There […]

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LinkedIn Learning is available to the McMaster Community

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LinkedIn Learning is available for all McMaster students, faculty, and staff as part of a collaboration between LinkedIn, eCampusOntario, and Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. LinkedIn Learning is an industry leader in online training, with a digital library of over 13,000 courses and videos covering a wide range of technical, business, software […]

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Tests and Exams in Avenue to Learn

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Avenue to Learn, a branded version of D2L Brightspace, is McMaster University’s Learning Management System (LMS). Whether teaching face-to-face or remotely, Avenue provides a reliable, secure space for administering online tests and exams. This guide offers information about Avenue test andexam features, best practices, and provides additional resources. Download the guide here. […]

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Virtual and online supports available to instructors

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*** March 18th update: an up to date list of supports is available through the latest MacPherson Memo. As a result of McMaster’s recent announcement to suspend face-to-face classes and offer alternative assessments, the MacPherson Institute is offering a variety of virtual and online supports, resources and consultations to assist instructors as they adjust their […]

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