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Andrea Colbert-DeGeit

Executive Officer or Ext. 24900

This full day workshop will provide the information and resources required to begin transitioning courses and/or programs to blended and online formats.


Facilitators:  Christa Morrison, Digital Pedagogy Specialist, MacPherson Institute

                       Chris McAllister, Manager of Library Computing and Campus Classroom Technologies (CCT)

                       Michael Liut, Computer Science Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Computing and Software

                      Joanne Kehoe, Instructional Designer, MacPherson Institute

This workshop will be limited to 12 participants who will be provided with the skills and resources to begin designing and developing a course in a blended or online format.  Each participant will also be provided with two one-hour private consultation sessions to answer any questions and obtain assistance with the blended and online course development. 

Lunch and refreshment breaks will be provided.

Who should attend?  All faculty who are interested in designing a course or program in a blended or online format.


Engineering Blended and Online Le­­­­arning Workshop
December 17th

09.00                      Welcome and introductions
                                Student engagement in blended and online learning environments

                                (Christa Morrison)

                                Increase student engagement by making use of an online engagement framework and learning                             spaces like Echo360, Flipgrid, and Cisco Teams.
                                Echo360 is a multimedia platforms designed to foster student interactions with content, peers,                             and instructors.
                                Flipgrid is a video discussion platform which can be used to promote communication,                                                        collaboration, and critical thinking.
                                Cisco Teams is a collaborative space that helps learners, TAs, instructors, guest speakers, industry                 partners, and others stay connected beyond classroom walls. It offers virtual meeting spaces,                                          messaging, file sharing, whiteboards, and video calling.

10:00                     Interactive Session: Needs assessment

                                (Chris McAllister)


                                An interactive discussion about learning spaces, instructional technologies, and support on                                              campus.

10:30                     Break


10:45                     Integrating Piazza into your Courses
                                (Michael Liut)

                                Piazza is a free wiki-styled discussion board, with built-in LaTeX, Markdown, and Code Block                                             integration, that has been key in promoting student engagement and student-led instruction.                                          Additionally, it has contributed to a decrease in student emails and an increase in student                                                responsiveness in courses.

11.30                      Gamify your Class with Quizizz

                                Quizizz is a self-paced formative assessment that increases student engagement in material, as                                        well as, improves the instructor's understanding of student comprehension. Quizizz can be used                                    to compete against classmates in a classroom, for both fun and interactive learning, which has                                             the added benefit of real-time statistics. This tool provides the perfect balance between generic                                       quizzes and competition.

12.15                      Lunch break

13:15                     Forming a Better Foundation for Blended Course Design

                                (Joanne Kehoe)

                                Designing with inclusivity in mind –this overview will provide you with the basic tenets and                                              principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and practical tips and checklists for ensuring                                         your curriculum is accessible to all.

                                Principles of Multimedia Learning – together, we’ll briefly explore how we can use theoretical                                       principles of design to more effectively create multimedia works to support the learning of                                             others.  

14:15                     Break
14:30                     Work session (90min)

                                Building a blended blueprint – together, we’ll move through a blueprinting process to help you                                      think through the outcomes, content, interactions, activities and tools associated with one                                               teaching unit (week/lesson/module).

16:00                     Summary and scheduling of individual consultations.


Christa Morrison (M.Phil and post-grad Journalism New Media) is a Digital Pedagogy Specialist with extensive in-class, blended, and online instructional design and teaching experience in Journalism and Business programs. Christa facilitates workshops on Technology Enhanced Teaching and Increasing Student Interactions Online, she collaborates with subject matter experts and media specialists in the design and development of fully online and blended courses, she supports faculty members interested in identifying and implementing innovative social-collaborative pedagogical approaches, and those interested in increasing their or their students’ digital fluency. Christa has created a blended and guided learning experience for faculty interested in making use of Echo360 as a learning space.

Chris McAllister is Manager of Library Computing and Campus Classroom Technologies (or CCT) at McMaster University Library. The CCT team supports a critical campus-wide classroom technology portfolio, servicing over 140 registrar-controlled classrooms. CCT provides a rapid, first-response to instructor requests and technology support.

Michael Liut is a Computer Science PhD Candidate in the Department of Computing & Software at McMaster University, where he began his teaching career as a Teaching Assistant in 2012. Since then he has held several Instructor roles at McMaster University and the University of Toronto Mississauga; where he is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical & Computational Science. Michael is a firm believer in both active learning and peer instruction and incorporates novel techniques in the classroom. Michael is a firm believer in both active learning and peer instruction.  Michael is always looking for the best method to engage students and ensure that they are provided an environment in which they can and want to learn, grow, and continually better themselves.

Joanne Kehoe is an Instructional Designer with the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching at McMaster University.  In this role, Joanne provides technological and pedagogical support to educators and learners around open and technology-enabled curriculum and blended and online course design models. Having just returned from a secondment as a Program Manager with eCampusOntario, her responsibilities there included oversight of a province-wide educational technology sandbox, support for the Ontario extend educator empowerment program and open education awareness initiatives. She teaches the Digital Literacy for Learning course at McMaster in addition to facilitating faculty development workshops. With over 20 years’ experience in various roles at McMaster, she has a B.A. in Communication Studies (Laurier) and an M.Ed. In Higher Education (OISE/U of T).