Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

McMaster Learning for 55+: Overview

Lifelong learning extends to any age group and to any stage of your life. As a result, we are excited to launch new programming for mature learners (age 55+). 

But we need your skills and expertise to help us make it a success!

We are actively accepting proposals for potential course offerings in Fall 2019 and Winter 2020. 


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What will I need to do?

A McMaster Learning for 55+ facilitator would propose, prepare and deliver the content for the course. All content belongs to the facilitator. Continuing Education staff will be responsible for the administrative tasks associated with the delivery of the program. Here is a quick breakdown of roles and responsibilities:

Continuing Education would handle:
- Room bookings
- Marketing and advertising
- Course templates
- Registration and enrolment
- Circulation of course evaluations

Facilitators would handle:
- Design of course content
- Creating course description and course outline
- Facilitating course
- Preparing and circulating materials (photocopies, website links, etc.)

Both Continuing Education and Facilitators would jointly handle:
- Course scheduling
- Review of course evaluations

Will I get paid?

Yes. Course facilitators will receive a short-term contract with Continuing Education. Remuneration will be based on a flat-rate payment paid at the conclusion of the course.

What programming topics will be offered?

The McMaster Learning 55+ program will offer a series of courses on a variety of subjects including: Creative Writing, Religion, Psychology, History, Art History, Literature, Philosophy, Geography, Science, and more! If you have an idea that doesn't fit one of these categories, just submit your proposal under the "Other" category, and tell us more about it!

Who is the audience?

Anyone who is interested in learning opportunities taught by university and community experts. The expected audience will reside in the greater Hamilton area and may include alumni from McMaster and/or other colleges and universities, retired professionals, and members of the community. 

When will courses run?

Courses will run throughout the year with approximately 4 courses per term (Fall, Winter, Spring). Courses may be repeated within the yearly schedule depending on demand and availability. Each course will be scheduled for a weekly, 2-hour session spanning either 4 or 6-weeks. 

Where will courses take place?

All courses will be offered primarily on-site at McMaster Continuing Education's location in downtown Hamilton. 

Will there be evaluations or assessments?

No. Courses may include one or more learning activities but there will be no exams or final evaluations. 

Will I need to provide course materials?

McMaster Continuing Education will provide templates for the course outline and PowerPoint presentations. Courses should be designed without requiring the purchase of additional materials (ex. textbooks). 

Still need more information?

Contact us at conted@mcmaster.ca to find out more about our McMaster Learning 55+ programming and how you can become a facilitator.