Teaching & Learning Strategy: Implementation Plan
McMaster launched its first Teaching and Learning Strategy: Partnered in Teaching and Learning in May 2021. A detailed plan has been developed to support the implementation of strategic objectives.
The groups identified for implementation involve representatives from across campus:
- Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee – Comprised of representatives from across campus, the Advisory Committee serves to discuss critical matters related to teaching and learning at McMaster University across varied disciplines, units, roles, and functions and to provide guidance to the Provost on the development and implementation of the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategies.
- Project Team – The role of the project team is to support the activities of the Advisory Committee and Implementation Teams with project management and communications support, as well as coordinate the administrative duties of this implementation phase.
- Working Groups – Each impact area within the Teaching and Learning Strategy will have a dedicated working group to create deliverables that will help us bring the objectives within the strategy to life. The working groups will include 10-15 representatives from across campus.
- Faculty Implementation Teams – With each working group having one representative from each faculty, we plan to connect those individuals with their respective Associate Dean (Academic) or Dean in order to maintain communication over the course of the year on institutional and faculty-specific initiatives related to teaching and learning.
Major tasks for year one
The major tasks for year one were identified through consultation with the McMaster community through online surveys from May to June 2021, discussions at the President’s Retreat in June 2021, and project team discussions.
- Launch implementation team activities to identify and remove structural barriers (policies, processes, practices) to enable interdisciplinary learning across the university
- Launch implementation team activities to reimagine the complete picture of “campus life” with consideration for the student as well their families, communities and virtual lives
- Strike a group to map out first-year academic and non-academic first year supports
- Launch implementation team activities to identify steps required to build a culture that values innovative, experimental and playful mindsets
- Review how teaching is evaluated and refine policies and processes to ensure a multi-faceted approach to evaluation is implemented
- Launch implementation team activities to develop best practices for learning that are focused on the intentional consideration and integration of on-campus learning spaces (classrooms, labs, studios), online learning spaces, and community spaces for learning
- Develop a Digital Learning Framework for the institution
- Prepare a call for implementation team members, grant reviewers and define terms of references and processes for each group
- Design and launch a dedicated grants program, and hire a staff member to coordinate the program
- Share stories from instructors doing work that aligns with the strategy through MacPherson Institute webinars for instructors