The SAS Transition Program is designed to assist students with disabilities or accessibility needs at various stages of their transition process while attending McMaster University. SAS offers a variety of supports to assist students build new learning skills and knowledge, while making connections with peers and the broader McMaster community.
MacStart: July 5 – August 11, 2021 (free)
Monday & Wednesday (5:30-6:30pm) on Zoom
Congratulations on becoming a Marauder! We’re excited to welcome you to our McMaster community.
MacStart is Student Accessibility Services (SAS) free orientation program to help incoming students with disabilities prepare for their first year at McMaster.
Choose your own journey: Register once for the whole program and attend only the workshops that interest you!
We have scheduled a series of interactive workshops with different facilitators, including students, professors, and SAS staff. MacStart will provide you with resources, tools, including assistive technologies and learning strategies to support your time at McMaster.
Learn more about the workshops below:
A New Journey: Welcome to University (Monday, July 5)
This interactive session will answer some of the questions you have about the differences between high school and university! You will also learn about Avenue to Learn (our McMaster online learning platform).
Guest Lecturer Dr. Joe Kim (Wednesday, July 7)
Join Guest Lecturer Dr. Joe Kim who will be providing a lecture on the “Science of Learning: Achieving Academic Success”.
Dr. Kim is an Associate Professor, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and is actively involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and has received numerous teaching and learning awards; including D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Residence Life Campus Partner of the Year, and Presidents Award for Excellence in Course and Resource Design.
Self-Advocacy 101 (Monday July 12)
Accommodations for students with disabilities may look different in university than they did in high school. Learn about some of the differences and how to strengthen your own self-advocacy skills.
Learning Styles and Q&A session (Wednesday July 14)
This session we will review how everyone learns differently. We will also have time for questions on what you have learned so far, and what else you will like answered. There will also be our 1st draw for $100 Campus Store Gift Card.
On-Line Learning and Time Management (Monday July 19)
Learn how to set up your study space, time management strategies with a focus on self-care skills.
All about Echo 360 (Wednesday July 21)
Join us to learn all about Echo 360 (a lecture capture system and student engagement platform). Learn how to take notes from the transcript created by Echo 360.
Notetaking 101 (Monday July 26th)
Meet our Joanne Buckley, our Learning Strategist who will provide you with some strategies for notetaking.
Notetaking 200 (Wednesday, July 28)
Join SAS staff to learn more about notetaking with OneNote (digital notebook that automatically saves your notes as you work, highlights materials and more), mind mapping and how to use Immersive Reader (free tool to improve reading and writing for all learners).
Campus Connect: Student and Staff Panel (Monday, August 9th)
Have any of your questions answered from current students and Staff at McMaster. Join us for our student and staff panel.
Next Steps and Trivia Night (Wednesday, August 11th)
This is our last summer session with community connections and an introduction to new academic semester sessions!
You will also be entered in contests to win some fabulous prizes!
- Attend 3 workshops and you will receive a welcome package from Student Accessibility Services!
- Every workshop you attend your name will be entered for a chance to win a $100 Campus Store gift cards. (Note: you must attend the entire workshop to get an entry)
- More prizes and the draw for Campus Store gift card to be held on Wednesday August 11 our Trivia Night session.
MacStart will be hosted on Zoom and Avenue to Learn for some pre-recorded sessions and resources.
Registration for MacStart is now closed, thank you to everyone who attended! Check back soon for programming for the new academic year.
We host workshops and events throughout the academic year to support our students!
Some examples include:
- Self-Determination and Resiliency Skills
- How to access academic accommodations and supports
- Navigating McMaster community services and supports
- How to navigate different virtual platforms at McMaster
- Peer partner monthly drop in sessions
- Transition support and consultation
Please visit our Calendar of Events for current sessions
For additional information please email : firstname.lastname@example.org