Design and Creation of Engaged Learning for Community Youth (3 units)

McMaster Children and Youth University (MCYU) creates and delivers inquiry-based learning activities for youth aged 7 to14 and their families in all areas of STEAM. In this introductory course, you will learn the best practices for pedagogical design, the principles of community-engagement, and the art of knowledge translation and communication. In small groups, you will create an interactive workshop or a short electronic book chapter that may become part of the MCYU collection. 

Enrolement in CMTYENGA 2MD3, during the winter term, will permit students to deploy their interactive community projects developed in 2MC3 to schools and libraries.

Schedule: One term, TBD

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above; Permission of the instructor

Please note, APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED. Course is open to students in level 2 and above from all faculties.

View the Fall 2020 CMTYENGA 2MC3 Course Outline:

Community-Based Learning with MCYU

In partnership with the McMaster Children and Youth University (MCYU), students will take inquiry-based learning activities into the Hamilton community, including community centres and libraries. In this course, students will learn how to communicate research effectively to a younger audience and practice leadership and knowledge translation skills. Completion of CMTYENGA 2MC3 prior to CMTYENGA 2MD3 is recommended. Returning facilitators from previous years can enroll with instructor permission.

Schedule: One term, TBD

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above; Permission of the instructor

Please note, APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED. Course is open to students in level 2 and above from all faculties.

View the Winter 2021 CMTYENGA 2MD3 Course Outline:

McMaster Students:

McMaster University courses, CMTYENGA 2MC3 & 2MD3 offered through the department of Community Engagement are in partnership with the McMaster Children & Youth University (MCYU). MCYU offers programs for children, youth, and families to help share the ground-breaking research happening at McMaster with the Hamilton community. These accredited courses will train you to develop and facilitate fun and educational workshops for children and youth in schools, libraries, and community centres. 




THE MAIN GOAL OF 2MC3 is to produce an engaging learning experience for young people in the Hamilton community.

This year, this will take the form of an online workshop.

Students can continue to expect to learn about subjects that will have value in this class and beyond, such as:

  • the best practices for engaged pedagogical design
  • the principles of community-engagement (whether in person or online);
  • the art of knowledge translation and communication.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to have discussions with:

  • an interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff from all corners of the University
  • virtual meetings with community members, including elementary school teachers and students.

All of this work will culminate in a group submission of an engaging online workshop that will become part of the MCYU digital collection and potentially be seen by youth around the world.


THE TOPICS OF THE WORKSHOPS will be decided upon by your groups and should connect in some way to research areas from McMaster.

Aside from the curriculum, you will also gain experience:

  • working with kids
  • teamwork
  • communication
  • leadership skills


Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you in the fall! 

Course Instructor: Dr. Becca Collins-Nelsen –

Both courses are open to students in level 2 and above, from all faculties.

Meet the Instructors

Sandeep Raha

Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Sandeep Raha
Creator & Director, MCYU
Associate Professor

Becca Collins-Nelsen

Dr.. Becca Collins-Nelsen
Instructor and Researcher
Postdoctoral Fellow

John MacLachlan

Faculty of Sciences
Dr. John MacLachalan

Sheila Sammon

Prof. Sheila Sammo
Guest Instructor
Co-Director of Community Engagement

James Sikkema

Department of Philosophy
Dr. James Sikkema
Guest Instructor

Katie Moisse

School of Interdisciplinary Science
Dr. Katie Moisse
Guest Instructor

Christa Morrison

Guest Instructor

How to Enroll

Quick Steps to Enroll In Our Courses on Mosaic
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  • Step 2

    Make the following selections: Student Center > Academics > Plan.

  • Step 3

    Select “Browse Course Catalog” and choose your “Academic Career” (E.g. Undergraduate) and “Term” (E.g. 2019 Fall), and then select “Search.”

  • Step 4

    Select the letter “C” from the alphabetized catalog (further down the page).

  • Step 5

    Scroll down the list of results and click to expand the course options found under “CMTYENGA – Community Engagement.”

  • Step 6

    Select (place a check-mark in the box) 2MC3 and/or 2MD3 (we recommended taking both!).

  • Step 7

    Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Add to Planner.”

  • Step 8

    Select the “Plan” tab near the top of the page (this will show courses you added to your Plan).

  • Step 9

    Add the courses to the Shopping Cart and ensure you complete the process to Finish Enrollment.

  • For the Fall term 2021, the last day for enrolment (registration) and course changes is Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
  • For the Winter term 2022, the last day for enrolment is Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
  • Check the Sessional Dates for Fall/Winter term 2021-22 to confirm when your course enrolment (registration) period begins.
  • For further details on course enrolment, here is a guide by the Office of the Registrar on how to Enrol using Mosaic.