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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services


Assessment, evaluation, and feedback take a variety of formats, depending on the discipline and learning outcomes to be met. Whatever you choose to do, the learners’ experiences need to be the forefront in your thinking.

Though the terms are often used interchangeably, 'assessment' can refer to smaller, lower-stakes exercises that can be used to help you and your students gain a sense of how they are doing throughout a course. These can serve as opportunities to identify areas that may require more attention while there is time to make changes. 'Evaluation' can refer to higher-stakes, conclusive 'judgments' of coursework which are used to determine a student's grade in the course.

Sometimes, this distinction is referred to using the terms 'formative assessment' and 'summative assessment.' Formative assessment is also known as 'assessment for learning', while summative assessment is known as 'assessment of learning'. The value in understanding these differences is that a balance of both can help you and your students to be aware of their progress throughout a course so adjustments can be made before final, larger stakes assessments are attempted by the end of the course.

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Canvas Quizzes

Canvas Quizzes

Respondus and Monitor

Respondus and Monitor

Rapid Test Rollout

Rapid Test Rollout



Online Assessment

As we teaching in a blended or online format, there is a need for ways to assess students that takes into account the restraints of the digital world. 

Considerations for Online Assessment  Working with Grades in Canvas  Using Online Proctoring Tools  Respondus and Monitor 


Alternative Assessments

In times of significant disruption, the key goal is to help students get the support they need to meet your most essential learning outcomes. Rather than viewing these a problematic, they are challenging but gives an opportunity to think creatively about assessing student knowledge and understanding.

Low Tech Assessments  Overview of Alternative Assessments  Peer Evaluations for Group Work



Quizzes are a way for instructors and TAs to assess student learning. They can also be used for remote exams and testing.

Video Overview Add Extra Time to a Canvas Quiz Create a Digital Copy of a Canvas Quiz Using Respondus 4.0 Campus Wide

Click here to access the video transcript.



Assignments are another way to assess and evaluate student learning. Assignment submissions can take a variety of formats, including online submission (such as PDF or doc files), URL, media, or external tools. Instructors and TAs can form student groups for group work projects as well.

Marking for assignments can be done using the integrated Canvas tool SpeedGrader. For more information on using the Gradebook, see the information in the section below.


Click here to access the Assignments Overview transcript.

Click here to access the Speedgrader Overview transcript.

Click here to access the Create Assignment Groups transcript.