Philip Savage

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies & Multimedia

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1280 Main Street West, TSH 325

Phone: 905.525.9140 x23466

Research Interests

Teaching & Learning Research Interests:

  • Good Teaching Practices
  • SOTL
  • Teaching Social Research Methodologies (Quant and Qual)
  • Teaching Policy
  • ICT/Mediated/Distance Learning


Current Teaching & Learning Research Projects:

Project Title Project Principal Investigator Project Collaborators
Effective Teaching/Active Learning with LMS (USRA work) Ms. Alyssa Lai Dr. Philip Savage
Content Analysis as a Pedagogical Tool for Communication Students: The COMM-Lab Approach Dr. Philip Savage Dr. Alex Sevigny,
Ms. Shelagh Hartford
Good Teachers, Scholarly Teachers and Teachers Engaged in Teaching Scholarship: A Case Student from McMaster University Dr. Susan Vajoczki Dr. Philip Savage,
Dr. Lynn Martin,
Ms. Paola Borin,
Dr. Erika Kustra

Publications & Presentations

Select Teaching & Learning Research Publications & Presentations:

Vajoczki, S. ,Savage, P., Martin, L., Borin, P. & Kustra, E. (2011). Good teachers, scholarly teachers and teachers engaged in teaching scholarship: A case study from McMaster University”.  The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2(1).

Fenesi, B., Heisz, J., Savage, P., Shore, D., & Kim, J. (2011)  “The optimal use of visuals in multimedia instruction from a cognitive load perspective.”  Journal of Educational Psychology (forthcoming).    

Savage, P. (2010). Qualitative research in teaching and learning. Workshop presented at the Research on Teaching & Learning: Integrating Practices Conference, Hamilton, ON.  

Savage, P. (2007). Teaching large classes: Multiple forms of assessment. Workshop presented at the CLL Faculty Learning Seminar Series 2007. Hamilton, ON.  

Savage, P. (2007). Teaching communication policy: Pedagogy in brief”. The Canadian Journal of  Communication, 32(1), 119-129.

Interested in

Interested in:

  • Collaboration

Other Information

Other Information of Note:

Here is a personal motto I like to live by: “Learn to love to live!” 

Teaching Philosophy:  My teaching philosophy is actually a learning approach based on: 1) Student-centred learning; and, 2) Modeling learning in different contexts.  It is best described in terms of learning centred assessment as advocated by pedagogical scholars Mary Huba and Jann Freed (2000).  It involves providing students with: skills of enquiry; critical thinking; problem solving; and, communication of insights. A key underlying philosophy is an inter-disciplinary approach that speaks to diverse ways of understanding. As part of this I am flexible and reflective about what works and what needs adjustment as a course progresses.  It means that I have the highest expectations for my students but never stint in providing the means to achieve them. 

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