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Our Four Impact Areas

We’ve identified four areas of impact that will become the focus of teaching and learning objectives at McMaster.

Click on any of the impact areas below to explore the themes that help categorize our ongoing initiatives and key objectives. Help us determine next steps by responding to the questions within each section

Student Shopping in Business Out of The Box

Partnered and Interdisciplinary Learning Learn More

Students should be partners and active participants in the learning process, eliciting their deep curiosity to explore beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Bonny Ibhawoh Seminar

Inclusive and Scholarly Teaching Learn more

Let’s foster a community that is motivated by the passion, meaning and deep joy found in teaching a diverse and inclusive community.

Student and Professor in Learning Factory

Active and Flexible Learning Spaces Learn More

Whether in an online, face-to-face or blended format, we must use learning spaces with deep intention and purpose.

Students at Six Nations Water Research McKenzie Creek

Holistic and Personalized Student Experience Learn More

Students are a central part of the McMaster community and it is critical that we consider how they engage with their individual learning experiences.

Phase 1 – Collecting ideas for implementation (May-June 2021)
Engage the McMaster faculty, students, staff, alumni, and our industry and community partners on how we can bring the Teaching and Learning Strategy to life.


Phase 2 – Developing the implementation plan (July-August 2021)
Our team will take what we heard in Phase 1 and use it to inform priorities and actions for the implementation plan.


Phase 3 – Launch implementation (September 2021)
The final implementation plan will be launched.

Plans for Implementation

  • In order to enable this strategy, we are committed to establishing a granting process to support the implementation of the objectives outlined in this plan.
  • We will continue to work with the Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee to establish an implementation framework with cross-departmental working groups to help us take action.
  • The final implementation plan will be a living document and will be reviewed to re-prioritize actions and objectives on an annual basis.
  • Implementation efforts will be aligned with the objectives of other institutional strategies, including but not limited to:
    • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy
    • McMaster’s new strategic plan (in development)
    • Indigenous Learning Strategy (in development)
  • The Provost’s Office will regularly report back to the McMaster community on the progress of teaching and learning objectives.

Other McMaster Strategic Plans

The Teaching and Learning Strategy is an institutional strategy that aligns with many other institutional priorities at McMaster. By aligning our efforts, we can better achieve our shared objectives.

Students and Professor in Learning Factory

IT Strategic Plan Learn More

The three-year McMaster University IT Strategic Plan will deliver technologies that befit a 21st century institution, where individuals are excited to engage with the delightful technologies and complex digital systems and experiences that surround them.

Students Sitting Under Tree on Campus

EDI Strategy: Towards Inclusive Excellence Learn More

An EDI Strategy is roadmap to ensure an intentional approach to identifying and achieving institution-wide equity, diversity, and inclusion priorities and goals.

McMaster’s EDI Strategy: Towards Inclusive Excellence includes:

  • an EDI Framework for Strategic Action, with four pillars and areas of focus and impact;
  • six Principles for Best Practice to guide planning and implementation; and
  • a 2019-2022 Action Plan, with detailed tactics to achieve six strategic objectives.
Hamilton Hall in the Fall

McMaster's New Vision Statement Learn More

Over the last year, President David Farrar has engaged McMaster community members to inform a new strategic plan for the university. In February 2021, he announced a new vision for the university. Teaching and learning has been identified as a priority area for the University’s strategic plan.