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Assessing Impact [clear filter]
Wednesday, December 9

11:00am EST

Highlights of a National Survey on the Impact of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship Program
As part of a three year study we have collected and analyzed data regarding the impact of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship through focus groups, a national survey, and the collection of archival material. Throughout our study, we maintain a focus on how this award has evolved over time, the impact on the individual, institution, the STLHE community at large, and the broader Canadian context. In this presentation we will highlight findings from our national survey that targets 3M Fellows, educational developers, faculty, students, and administrators. In total we had over 1000 individuals from across Canada respond to the questionnaire and during our session we will provide highlights and share how the 3M national teaching fellowship program makes a difference to Canadian higher education. Specifically, we address whether award-winning teachers in departments and across institutions continue to make significant contributions to learning and teaching after receiving the award? What impact have the almost 300 3M National Teaching Fellows had, if any, on Canadian higher education? And how would one know? We share our example by identifying the types of data that would describe and assess its impact on the quality of teaching and learning in Canadian higher education.

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Arshad Ahmad

Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning & Director, MIIETL, McMaster University
Dr. Arshad Ahmad is the Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning and Director of Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL) at McMaster University. He is the Past Coordinator of the 3MNTF program and a 3M National Teaching Fellow. He is the Past... Read More →

Ron Smith

Concordia University

Denise Stockley

Queen's University

Wednesday December 9, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Meeting Room B

11:30am EST

Developing Communities of Pedagogical Innovation

Fitting with this year's conference theme of "Cultivating Community" we describe a recently initiated Impact Fellowship program at McMaster University, designed to generate evidence of high-impact teaching practices and to enhance teaching and learning at McMaster Universit. The Impact Fellowship model has been conceptualized using a socio-cultural perspective and aligns with a distributed leadership model. The primary goal of the Impact Fellowship program is to build community capacity within the Faculties whereby Impact Fellows serve as mentors and advocates in sharing impact assessment strategies. Drawing from the work of Martensson & Roxa (2015) the program aims is to increase the potential for development of local teaching and learning cultures. While such models have shown to enhance leadership at the local level, there is some research that specifically investigates how these construct enhance educational development (Martenesson & Roxa, 2015). The purpose of this research is to explore in what ways the Fellowship program supports or challenges learning, capacity development, and scholarship.

In this interactive short paper presentation, we will discuss the evolving process of developing the Impact Fellowship program model, as well as strategies for exchanging ideas, broadening conversations about teaching and learning, building community networks. We will facilitate a broad discussion on the direct and indirect benefits of such a process on cultivating leadership.


Martensson, K., & Roxa, T. (2015). Leadership at the local level – Enhancing educational development, Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 1-16.

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Philippa Carter

Teaching Professor, McMaster University
Philippa Carter has taught Religious Studies at McMaster for almost twenty-five years as a graduate teaching assistant, a sessional lecturer, a contractually-limited appointment and now as the permanent teaching professor. She has taught or co-taught the department's full-year introductory... Read More →

Thomas Doyle

McMaster University

Julia Evanovitch

McMaster University

Nancy Fenton

McMaster University
Nancy Fenton, PhD; Educational Consultant; McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL); McMaster University

Mandeep Malik

McMaster University

Nikolai Penner

McMaster University

Leeanne Romane

McMaster University

Sarah Symons

McMaster University

Olive Wahoush

McMaster University

Wednesday December 9, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Meeting Room B