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Teaching with Technology

Teaching with Technology

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JHE H324 (Hatch Collaboration Room)

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Andrea Colbert-DeGeit

Executive Officer or Ext. 24900

This is the first of a series of three workshops that will provide the information and resources required to begin transitioning your courses and/or programs to blended and online formats. You may attend one, two or all three of the workshops, as your interest and availability allow.


This workshop will introduce you to the various forms of technology available at McMaster University and how best to utilize it as you begin to move your courses and programs to a blended and/or online format.

Integrating Piazza into your Courses

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.

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.

Facilitators:  Christa Morrison, Digital Pedagogy Specialist, MacPherson Institute

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

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


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.

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.