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Academic studies. Career exploration. Community involvement.

We aim to enrich undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences through fostering unique approaches to learning within the classroom and more actively engaging students in the community, as well as promoting strong relationships between academic studies, career exploration and community involvement.

Practical Considerations

Practical Considerations

Organizing an active-learning course is different than organizing a traditional course.



Resources for teaching in active learning classrooms.

Video Resources

Video Resources

The following are a just a few of many videos available on the topic of flipped classrooms.

Classroom Drawings & Pictures

Classroom Drawings & Pictures

Various room configurations for on-campus active-learning classrooms.

Using Active-Learning Classrooms to Support Undergraduate Research

What is active-learning?

Active learning is a process in which students engage in activities – such as, problem-based learning, inquiry, simulations, or case studies – that nurtures discussion, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of course material.

Much of the learning takes place in small groups and involves collaborative research by students in each group.

McMaster is well known for this effective approach to teaching and learning.

New active-learning classrooms at McMaster:

In 2016/17 instructors in the Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities started using four active-learning classrooms in the new L.R. Wilson Hall. The classrooms are designed for group work and are technology-rich.  They have the capacity to accommodate classes of 48, 60, 99 and 108 students.

Each classroom is equipped with wireless Internet access, multiple projectors and portable white-boards.  The instructor’s workstation is located at the centre of each room. The instructor controls how much or how little of the technology is used.  Instructors can, for example, determine whether students display their work within their respective groups or to the entire class.

About this website:

The resources on this website are intended to help instructors in Social Sciences learn more about active learning, incorporate more active learning methods into their courses, and prepare interested instructors to make use of the new classrooms.

If you have resources you would like to share, or are interested in using one the new rooms, please contact us at:

Seed funding for this project was received by Tina Fetner and Gerald Bierling from Forward with Integrity.  Additional funding was provided by Dean Charlotte Yates