BECOME AN
MCYU IN THE CITY
WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

(for McMaster Students only)

2020 Winter Course CMTYENGA 2MD3, Community-Based Learning with MCYU

McMaster Students:

These two McMaster University, 3 Unit courses, offered through the department of Community Engagement are in partnership with the McMaster Children & Youth University (MCYU). MCYU offers programs for children, youth, and families to help share the groundbreaking research happening at McMaster with the Hamilton community.  These accredited courses will train you to develop and facilitate fun and educational workshops for children and youth in schools, libraries, and community centres.  To become a workshop facilitator, sign up for our 2020 Winter Course CMTYENGA 2MD3.

Both courses are open to students in level 2 and above from all faculties.

FALL 2020

CMTYENGA 2MC3 

Design and Creation of Engaged Learning for Community Youth

3 units

COURSE OUTLINE

CMTYENGA 2MC3 Course Outline

McMaster Children and Youth University (MCYU) creates and delivers inquiry-based learning activities for youth aged 7 to14 and their families in all areas of STEAM. In this introductory course, you will learn the best practices for pedagogical design, the principles of community-engagement, and the art of knowledge translation and communication. In small groups, you will create an interactive workshop or a short electronic book chapter that may become part of the MCYU collection. Enrolement in CMTYENGA 2MD3, during the winter term, will permit students to deploy their interactive community projects developed in 2MC3 to schools and libraries.

Schedule: One term, Mondays, 7:00pm-10pm; T13/127

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above; Permission of the instructor

Please note, APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED. Course is open to students in level 2 and above from all faculties.

WINTER 2020

CMTYENGA 2MD3

Community-based Learning with MCYU

COURSE OUTLINE

CMTYENGA 2MD3 Course Outline

In partnership with the McMaster Children and Youth University (MCYU), students will take inquiry-based learning activities into the Hamilton community, including community centres and libraries. In this course, students will learn how to communicate research effectively to a younger audience and practice leadership and knowledge translation skills. Completion of CMTYENGA 2MC3 prior to CMTYENGA 2MD3 is recommended. Returning facilitators from previous years can enroll with instructor permission.

Schedule: One term, Mondays, 8:30am-11:20am, T13/127

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above; Permission of the instructor
 

Please note, APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED. Course is open to students in level 2 and above from all faculties.

School of Interdisciplinary Science


MEET THE INSTRUCTORS of CMTYENGA 2MC3 – Design and Creation of Engaged Learning for Community Youth

Dr. Sandeep Raha

DR. SANDEEP RAHA

Department of Pediatrics

Co-Founder of the McMaster Children & Youth University

Biography

Dr. Sandy Raha Co-Founder and Director of MCYU

Position at McMaster: Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Co-Founder & Director of MCYU

What will your role in this course be: As the Founder and Director of the McMaster Children and Youth University, I will be describing the ethos and objectives of the program. I will also describe the process of topic selection and how CMTYENGA 2MC3 and 2MD3 integrate to provide a unique experiential learning opportunity.

What will students take away from this?: Students will learn about the “big picture” ahead of designing their community engagement projects.

Can you share a career highlight of yours with us? Careers don’t always evolve linearly: I am biochemist by training who did product development in industry and switched to clinical research and now have switched to developing novel educational strategies.

Fun Fact: The answer to the meaning of life is “Soccer.” Don’t believe me…challenge me.

Dr. Becca Collins-Nelsen

DR. BECCA COLLINS-NELSEN

HEAD INSTRUCTOR

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography

Dr. Becca Collins-Nelsen – Head Instructor

What are the main skills students will gain through your instruction: My instruction always prioritizes critical thinking and student engagement. This class is also unique in so far as there are several other faculty providing their expertise on pedagogical design, community engagement, and knowledge mobilization so students will get the opportunity to learn about these important skills from a variety of instructors’ perspectives including my own.  

Can you share a career highlight with us: My career highlights have come from positive feedback when it comes to teaching. In particular, I am encouraged by students who have shared that my instruction has helped them think more critically about the world around them and/or ignited a passion in the subject matter.

Fun fact about yourself: I am an avid sports fan who grew up playing several different sports including competitive basketball (despite my short stature). I can still be found playing in hockey and basketball leagues around the city!

Dr. John MacLachalan

DR. JOHN MACLACHLAN

INSTRUCTOR

Faculty of Sciences

Biography

Dr. John MacLachlan – Instructor

Dr. Machlachlan also teaches Earth Sciences, Environmental Science and Geography. His research interests include Pedagogical study of advancing the use of technologies into classroom teaching and learning; Exploration of the spatial distribution of quaternary landforms and sediments of glacial origin in southern Ontario.

Professor Sheila Sammon

PROF. SHEILA SAMMON

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Co-Director of Community Engagement

Biography

Professor Sheila Sammon – Guest instructor

Position at McMaster: Co-Director of Community Engagement and Professor Emerita from the School of Social Work.

Can you describe what you will be teaching the class? I will be working with he students to build on their knowledge of communities and how to ‘engage’ with community members in ways that are truly useful to community members and educational for students.

What are the main skills students will gain from your lessons? The skills that will be emphasized are observation, communication, reflexivity.

Can you tell us about a highlight from your career? As part of an award winning teacher team, we were invited to present a paper to a national conference. Instead of reading a paper, we developed a skit parodying ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ (even the stiffest academics laughed and said they learned).

What is a fun fact about yourself? I LIKE ROLLER COASTERS!

Dr. James Sikkema

DR. JAMES SIKKEMA

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Department of Philosophy

Biography

Dr. James SikkemaGuest Instructor

Position at McMaster: Assistant Professor (CLA), in the Department of Philosophy.

Can you please describe what you will be teaching the students in this course?: In addition to becoming conversant in some of the problems in the philosophy of education, students will learn some of the basics of the philosophical enquiry method.

What are the main skills students will take away from your instruction? Students will learn how to set up a stimulus, adopt an open-questioning mindset, distinguish between open and closed questioning, and develop dialectical facilitation strategies.

Fun Fact: Dr. Sikkema recently launched Project Why, which introduces kids to philosophical enquiry.

Dr. Katie Moisse

DR. KATIE MOISSE

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

School of Interdisciplinary Science

Biography

Dr. Katie MoisseGuest instructor

Position at McMaster: Assistant Professor of Science and Science Communication in the School of Interdisciplinary Science

Can you please describe what you will be teaching the students in this course: I will focus on communicating science through stories, with the goal of making science accessible and engaging for all children.

What are the main skills students will take away from your instruction? Students will build a toolkit for speaking and writing about scientific concepts and conundrums clearly, concisely and creatively.

Career Highlights: Katie brings a unique background to this role. After finishing her Ph.D. in Pathology at the University of Western Ontario, she got her Masters in Journalism at Columbia University in New York. Her writing has appeared in Scientific American, The Atlantic and Spectrum, and she was Health Editor at ABC News.

Can you share a fun fact about yourself: When I’m not at work, I love to talk science with my kids: 5-year-old Gus, who loves dinosaurs, and 3-year-old Lou, who plans to be a “kitty cat scientist” when she grows up.

Professor Hartley Jafine

PROF. HARTLEY JAFINE

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Faculty of Arts & Science

Biography

Dr. Hartley JafineGuest Instructor

Position at McMaster: Facilitates theatre and arts-based courses in the Arts & Science Program.

Can you please describe what you will be teaching the students in this course: Theatre skills are life skills. My area of the course will explore the performance of presentations and how theatre and improv can improve presentation skills and the communication of complex ideas.

What are the main skills students will take away from your instruction? Creative thinking, presentation skills, communication skills, and adaptability.

Can you share a highlight from your career with us? I spent a month training in a theatre lab oratory in the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria.

What’s a fun fact about yourself? I never learned how to ride a bike.

Christa Morrison

CHRISTA MORRISON

GUEST INSTRUCTOR

Biography

Christa Morrison – Guest instructor

Position at McMaster: Digital Pedagogy Specialist

What will your role in this course be: Guest Instructor, Digital Storytelling and Online Instructional Design.

What are the main skills students will gain through your instruction?
Digital storytelling formats, the use of new media production tools, interactive online instructional design.  

Can you share a career highlight of yours with us? Having my students create chatbots and collaborating with students in Africa. See https://twitter.com/capeflatsyouth/status/876132550460284929

Fun Fact About Yourself: Boitumelo is the African name that was given to me, it means “Happiness and Joy”.

QUICK STEPS TO ENROLL IN OUR COURSES ON MOSAIC

Here’s a quick guide for locating these courses, adding them to your planner, and enrolling on Mosaic:

1. Login to Mosaic (https://epprd.mcmaster.ca/psp/prepprd/?cmd=login)
2. Make the following selections: Student Center > Academics > Plan.
4. Select “Browse Course Catalog” and choose your “Academic Career” (E.g. Undergraduate) and “Term” (E.g. 2019 Fall), and then select “Search.”
5. Select the letter “C” from the alphabetized catalog (further down the page).
6. Scroll down the list of results and click to expand the course options found under “CMTYENGA – Community Engagement.”
7. Select (place a check-mark in the box) 2MC3 and/or 2MD3 (we recommended taking both!).
8. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Add to Planner.”
9. Select the “Plan” tab near the top of the page (this will show courses you added to your Plan).
10. Add the courses to the Shopping Cart and ensure you complete the process to Finish Enrollment.

Notes:

For the Fall term 2019 the last day for enrolment (registration) and changes, for all academic levels, is Wednesday, September 11. For the Winter term 2020 the last day for enrolment is Tuesday, January, 14.
See the Sessional Dates for Fall/Winter term 2019-20 to confirm when your course enrolment (registration) period begins.
For further details on course enrolment, here is a guide by the Office of the Registrar on how to Enrol using Mosaic.

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Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 73790
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