1.Student Centrality: Students are more than the beneficiaries of MIIETL’s work in advancing teaching and learning and McMaster. They are core partners who are involved not at the margins of MIIETL’s efforts, but at the heart, at a level and with expectations that surpass those of normal student engagement programs.
2. Evidence-Based Practice: MIIETL helps teachers and learners generate their own evidence of their successful or inadequate teaching approaches so that evaluation is built into every initiative. Emphasizing this perpetual cycle of improvement through evaluation, refinement and action will help establish a research-intensive focus to the pedagogical decisions made at McMaster.
3. Collaboration: One of the best-recognized qualities of great teachers is a sense of empathy, partnership and collaboration with their students.• Building a highly active and globally respected international Advisory Board to help shape the direction and research of MIIETL • Strengthening national partnerships with organizations like the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) through high-profile events and programs so that MIIETL can better work with these organizations to amplify the effectiveness and impact of each other’s initiatives • Building a membership structure for members of the McMaster community and beyond to become full partners in the work of MIIETL
4. Interdisciplinarity: This is a key to solving “supercomplex” questions that describe unpredictable, diverse and changeable situations that cannot be understood from the platform of a single discipline. One of those questions is “How do we diffuse deep approaches to teaching and learning on a large scale?”
July 11, 2014-Digital Ocean and Deep Learning: The Power of Small Groups and Small Steps An Interview with Arshad Ahmad
June 27, 2014-How to engage busy students? Make school cool
June 12, 2014-McMaster Donor Mr. Paul Macpherson visits MIIETL