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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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The TLC team provides multi-faceted support for students, instructors, and teaching assistants at Ontario Tech University. We offer support for instructional and educational technology, multimedia development (including videography, photography, and animation), teaching techniques, instructional design, training, and more.

General Inquiries

General Inquiries

Canvas and Teaching Support

Canvas and Teaching Support

Educational Multimedia Projects

Educational Multimedia Projects


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Dr. Susan Forbes (she/her)

Director, Teaching and Learning

Susan L. Forbes (PhD University of Western Ontario; MA Wilfrid Laurier University, BA University of Calgary) is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre, as well as a Sessional Instructor and  Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University.  Dr. Forbes has over 25 years of teaching experience in both face-to-face and blended environments, as well as being a highly published researcher.

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  • Oversight of TLC activities
  • Teaching and Learning Policies
  • Academic Integrity
  • Strategic initiatives related to teaching and learning

Contact Susan

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Rebecca Maynard (they/them)

Faculty Development Coordinator

Rebecca Maynard is the Faculty Development Coordinator with the Teaching and Learning Centre and a graduate of Ontario Tech, with a BA (Hons) in Communication and Digital Media Studies. By supporting the TLC, Rebecca strives to promote accessibility in post-secondary education and a fairer distribution of knowledge.

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  • TLC Programming and Communications
  • Workshop Assistance
  • TLC Website


Pedagogical Support and Educational Development

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Kevin Johnson

Educational Developer

Kevin is an Educational Developer with the Teaching and Learning Centre. He is a graduate from the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Ontario Tech and holds an M.A. in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Ottawa. With 5 years of post-secondary teaching experience, he has developed both synchronous and asynchronous courses to be delivered face-to-face, online, and in blended formats. Kevin is passionate about life-long learning and focused on enabling a learning environment that empowers both students and faculty to identify and develop their personal strengths.

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  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Science
  • Instructional Design
  • Delivering Effective Presentations
  • Canvas Teaching Support


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Dr. Lidya Salim (she/her)

Educational Developer

Lidya Salim is an Educational Developer with the Teaching and Learning Centre. As a graduate from the Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech, Lidya holds a BSc in Biological Science and a PhD in Applied Bioscience. Lidya has extensive experience designing and implementing educational programs and resources and is committed to promoting student-centered pedagogy as well as accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion.

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  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Instructional Design 
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Science Communication
  • Canvas Teaching Support 


Miranda Varricchio

Educational Developer 

Miranda is a graduate of the Faculty of Education (FEd) at Ontario Tech with an Honours B.A. in Educational Studies with an Adult Education focus. She also has a certificate in Adult Education from Seneca College and a diploma in Digital Photography from Durham College, where she currently teaches. As an Educational Developer for the Teaching and Learning Centre, Miranda is able to leverage the intersection of her skill sets to ideate and create unique and engaging educational experiences with careful, planned integration of media assets to support the needs of Ontario Tech faculty and students. Currently, Miranda is a candidate in Ontario Tech’s Master of Education program, where she focuses on topics related to ungrading and alternative/responsive pedagogies. She has a burgeoning interest in generative AI (text-based and visual), its intersection with academic integrity, and how to embrace and employ generative AI to the benefit of the education process.

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  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
  • Instructional Design
  • Alternative Assessment/Ungrading
  • Canvas Teaching Support


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Sarah Stokes (she/her)

Educational Developer

Sarah is a graduate of the Faculty of Science (FSc) at Ontario Tech, and also holds Bachelor of Education (Ontario Tech) and Master of Education Technology (UBC) degrees. An Advanced Google Certified Educator, Sarah enthusiastically promotes innovative teaching techniques and technology for science education. With a background in educational publishing and e-learning, she supports the university’s open education movement and Open Education (OE) Lab.

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  • Faculty of Business and Information Technology
  • Instructional Design 
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Microcredentials
  • Google Workspace


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Pranjal Saloni (she/her)

Open Education Lab Assistant

Pranjal is a Software Engineering and Management graduate from Ontario Tech and is currently working full time with the Open Education (OE) Lab within the TLC. She is responsible for managing new and ongoing projects, dealing with clients, and supervising a team of students in creating open resources. Being part of this team has been an amazing experience, and she is thrilled to be developing OERs that are easily accessible and affordable for students.

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  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Open Education Lab


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Kaitlyn Watson (she/they/her)

Educational Developer

Kaitlyn Watson is an Educational Developer with the Teaching and Learning Centre. She holds a PhD in Education Studies – Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership – from Western University, Master of Arts in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies from Trent University, and Bachelor of Education and Honours Bachelor from Lakehead University. Kaitlyn has taught face-to-face, online, and blended courses in the K-12 and post-secondary sectors in synchronous and asynchronous learning contexts. Kaitlyn’s curricular, pedagogical, and research interests focus on equity, decolonization, and reconciliation.

Kaitlyn is currently on leave.

Multimedia and Technology

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Alexander Pilon (he/him)

Educational Media Developer

As a video & graphic design specialist, and communications strategist, Alexander has worked on Emmy, Grammy, and Juno winning productions. He has created content, and communication plans in the fields of healthcare, education, hospitality, and the arts. Alexander joins the Teaching and Learning Centre with over five years of post-secondary instruction experience in Film & Television Production, and Public Relations & Event Management.

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  • Media as a Pedagogical Tool
  • Content Creation + Graphic Design
  • Video Solutions
  • Delivering Effective Presentations
  • Audience Engagement


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Shannon Brandejs

Educational Media Developer 

Shannon has been working as a multimedia developer for Ontario Tech University for over 10 years.  Prior to that, she worked at the University of Western Ontario for several years as an instructional designer.  Shannon holds a Masters of Education from Ontario Tech, a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from Royal Roads, and a BA in Media Theory and Production (specializing in Multimedia Design) from Western.  She makes videos, interactive tools, and graphics to improve learning.  Shannon loves working at Ontario Tech, and looks forward to meeting you!

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  • Videography
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactivity
  • Course Design


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Lasandra Conliffe

Educational Technology Analyst

Technology. Education. Advancement. Innovation. These are the words that exist in Lasandra’s visionary perspective. No wonder she is a current candidate in Ontario Tech's Master of Education program. Lasandra is experienced in education and tech support and is applying her mastery to the role of Educational Technology Analyst within the Teaching and Learning Centre. While her passion lies in the integration of technology with learning, Lasandra also dreams of not only promoting but advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion wherever she is. She is also a big advocate for digital wellness within the educational field.

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  • Google Workspace
  • Kaltura Classroom
  • Learning Technology Integration
  • Turnitin


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Jeanette Oliveira

Educational Technology Analyst

Jeanette has extensive experience supporting instructors using Ontario Tech Universities educational technology tools including Canvas, Kaltura Virtual Classroom, Kaltura Capture, Google Suite collaborative tools, Turnitin and plagiarism detection software and more. This includes providing solutions, training and resources and the development of educational programming. A key part of the role is to research, assess, test and implement new emerging educational technologies for the University into the teaching and learning environment. Jeanette is an experienced professional with over 10 years of experience working in the Teaching and Learning Centre. She holds a Master of Education, from Ontario Tech University and an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto specializing in English and Political Science. She has a background in E-learning and is the primary contact for virtual conferencing tools and digital technologies.

Jeanette is currently on leave