McMaster University courses, CMTYENGA 2MC3 & 2MD3 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 ground-breaking 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.
COIVD-19 FALL COURSE UPDATE (CMTYENGA 2MC3):
HOW WILL A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COURSE OPERATE ONLINE?
THE MAIN GOAL OF 2MC3 is to produce an engaging learning experience for young people in the Hamilton community.
This year, this will take the form of an online workshop.
Students can continue to expect to learn about subjects that will have value in this class and beyond, such as:
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to have discussions with:
All of this work will culminate in a group submission of an engaging online workshop that will become part of the MCYU digital collection and potentially be seen by youth around the world.
THE TOPICS OF THE WORKSHOPS will be decided upon by your groups and should connect in some way to research areas from McMaster.
Aside from the curriculum, you will also gain experience:
Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!
Course Instructor: Dr. Becca Collins-Nelsen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Administrator: Sheila Richardson – email@example.com
Both courses are open to students in level 2 and above from all faculties.
Design and Creation of Engaged Learning for Community Youth
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 engaging online workshop that will become part of the MCYU digital collection and potentially be seen by youth around the world. Enrolment 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
Course is open to students in level 2 and above from all faculties.
Community-based Learning with MCYU
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-11:30am, LRW 1055 (when scheduled)
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.
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS of CMTYENGA 2MC3 – Design and Creation of Engaged Learning for Community Youth
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 – 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 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 – 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 – Guest 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 – Guest 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.
Dr. Hartley Jafine – Guest 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 – 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. 2020 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.
If you have any questions or are
interested in having MCYU at a place near you, feel free to contact us
Our mailing address is:
McMaster Children and Youth University
1280 Main Street West, HSC-3N11c-j
Hamilton, On L8S 4K1
Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 73790