Mechanical Engineering, Spring 2020

Student Resources

Welcome!

This website contains resources that students can use to aid in the transition to online learning.

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Student Support Resources

Submitting Assignment Standards: PDF

General Links

Program Resources:

Health & Wellness:

Technology Resources:

Forms
Online Learning Resources

General Tips:

General Links

Best Practices: Turn off unnecessary programs during lectures/assessments. If you can, connect with a wired connection. Restart your computer a few hours before assessments to remove any hiccups.

Check your bandwidth limitations: Bandwidth Limitations

Make a Schedule - Time management will be more crucial than ever this year. Track when online classes are, when assessments are, and create a schedule for yourself. Some Apps to Consider Are:

Schedule time away from the computer - Staring at a screen for 8+ hours in a row literally sounds like a bad idea. Take FREQUENT 5-10 minute breaks every hour or so.

Create a Workplace - A designated place to work can be helpful to keep you on task. Try to remove any distractions.

Prioritize Your Health - Use mental health services from the Student Wellness Centre and create time for yourself to be away from schoolwork.

Keep in Touch - Reach out to other students and create study groups. It can be easy to feel isolated in an online environment, so reach out to your peers.

Ask for Help - Don't be afraid to reach out to your peers, instructors, or the school for help. Now more than ever, students asking for help must be normalized and encouraged.

Stay in the Loop - Check on new initiatives from the faculty frequently. For example, check the Student Success Centre on OscarPlus for workshops on developing helpful skills.


Staying Engaged:

Remove Distractions - Put away the phone, the music, whatever it is on your desk that will distract you. Watching an online lecture with your phone next to you is a recipe for disaster!

Take Notes - Even if profs are posting notes after lectures, take notes during lectures as well. Taking notes helps you reinforce concepts you are learning and stay engaged with the video.

Ask Questions: - Asking a question is extremely easy in an online atmosphere. Take advantage of this and ask away!

Office Hours: - If your prof is offering live office hours, take advantage of it. Attending live office hours can help build a sense of community and encourage you to stay engaged with class work. Profs want to connect with students.


Resources:

Resources for Working with Poor Internet:

Using Teams

Teams acts as a digital hub for collaboration. It is likely most of your classes will be on Teams. These tutorials are aimed to introduce students to teams.


The Basics:


Creating a Study Group:

Find your group - There are several ways to reach out to classmates to make a study group.

Create a Channel in Teams - View the following tutorial on how to create a channel.

Finding Meeting Times - Find times where you can consistently meet with your group. There are several websites available that could help you find the best times for a group (i.e. Doodle).

CAD Resources

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Connecting Remotely

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Contacts

Department Chair:
Dr. Marilyn Lightstone
Email: lightsm@mcmaster.ca
Office: JHE-310
Phone: +1 905.525.9140 x 27726

Associate Chair, Undergraduate:
Dr. Cheryl Quenneville
Email: quennev@mcmaster.ca
Office: ABB-C308 (Mail to JHE-310)
Phone: +1 905.525.9140 x 21797

Associate Chair, Graduate:
Dr. Chan Y. Ching
Email: chingcy@mcmaster.ca
Office: JHE-103 (Mail to JHE-310)
Phone: +1 905.525.9140 x 24998

Administration, Undergraduate Program
Lily Sazz-Fayter
Email: fayterl@mcmaster.ca
Office: JHE-310
Phone: +1 905.525.9140 x 24294

Administration, Graduate Program
Nicole McLean
Email: mech@mcmaster.ca
Office: JHE-310
Phone: +1 905.525.9140 x 23097

Academic Advisor - Mechanical Engineering
Sally Williams
Email: willsal@mcmaster.ca
Office: JHE-H316
Phone: +1 905.525.9140 x 24646

Co-op Advisor - Mechanical Engineering
Milic Kovacevic
Email: kovacev@mcmaster.ca
Office: JHE-H312
Phone: +1 905.525.9140 x 24660

Website Last Updated: July 28, 2020