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Teaching & Learning

Our Approach

At McMaster, we’re advancing human and societal health and well-being. We do that through innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Combined with groundbreaking research and a commitment to collaboration, faculty, staff and students are working together to find creative solutions to complex challenges.

We’re pioneers of problem-based learning – a unique, hands-on approach to learning that originated in our medical school in 1969 and has been adopted throughout the university and around the world.

McMaster is best known for our pioneering work in problem-based learning, which began in our medical school in 1969 and has been adopted across the world.

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Teaching & Learning Strategy Learn More

The implementation of the Strategy will impact how students learn, how instructors teach, and how staff support teaching and learning activities.

History of Teaching Innovation at McMaster Learn More

Starting with our founding in 1887, innovation in teaching and learning has been woven into the fabric of McMaster since the beginning.

Awards and Grants Learn More

Our instructors have received national, international and university recognition for their work in the classroom and beyond. They have consistently innovated teaching and learning at McMaster and beyond, with the support of internal and external grants.

McMaster's Strategic Plan 2021-2024 Learn More

The second priority in McMaster’s Strategic Plan is Teaching & Learning. This priority focuses on supporting innovation, elevating teaching as a professional discipline, and equipping our students with the skills needed to make transformative impacts.

Teaching & Learning Resources

Community-Engaged Learning Learn More

At McMaster, we know that engaged learning also happens outside the classroom, lab and studio. In order for students to solve real-world challenges, they need to learn from and with the communities who are already facing those problems.

Remote Learning Resources for Students Learn More

Discover the remote learning technology available for students, from web conferencing platforms to collaboration tools. Tips and support for remote learning can also be found on the Student Success website.

Remote Learning Resources for Instructors Learn more

Find resources for planning remote courses, information on training events, a list of supported technology and tips for remote assessment.

Open Online Learning Learn More

A collection of the Massive Open Online Courses that were created or supported by McMaster University. These courses are available to anyone around the world.

Research and Reflections on Teaching and Learning View resources

Additional resources and reports of interest to the McMaster academic community.

Experiential Learning Learn More

McMaster aims to embed experiential learning (EL) into the educational experience of students across all Faculties and programs.

News & Updates

Prof. Simon Buckingham Shun

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‘It has become necessary to have conversations about AI’s role within the academic setting’

Generative AI, Teaching & Learning, Teaching Excellence

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McMaster launches Digital Learning Strategic Framework

Teaching & Learning, Teaching Excellence

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McMaster invests in teaching and learning innovation and implementation projects

Teaching & Learning, Teaching Excellence

Meet Our Teaching & Learning Leaders

Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) - Kim Dej Learn More

The Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) is responsible for developing and coordinating policies and practices with respect to undergraduate education.

University Librarian - Vivian Lewis Learn More

The University Librarian is responsible for managing all operations of the McMaster University Library and is a member of the Senior Management Team of the University. The McMaster University Library is comprised of three libraries including the Mills Library (Social Sciences/Humanities), the Innis Library (Business) and the Thode Library (Science/Engineering).

Director (McMaster Museum of Art) - Carol Podedworny Learn More

Reporting to the V.P. Academic, McMaster University, and as a member of the management team, the Director and Curator, McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) is responsible for the overall operations of the Museum and for the creative management of this unit within the mandate and policies approved by McMaster University.