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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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Course Design

Courses can be designed in myriad ways. Courses can vary depending on the academic program which they are a part of, the characteristics of the students, instructors, and teaching assistants, delivery factors (e.g., online or blended environments), and the types of learning outcomes for the course. A thoughtfully planned and designed course will support student learning while saving you time and energy, allowing you to focus on delivering content and assessing students. 


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Blended and Online Learning

Blended and Online Learning

Constructive Alignment

Constructive Alignment

Instructional Design

Instructional Design

Accessible Instructional Design

Designing your course with a consideration for students with disabilities is not only an important part of providing academic accommodations but many accessibility practices can help other students as well. As educators, we are responsible for providing accessible educational resources, making websites that are accessible, and providing equal learning opportunities for all students by way of academic accommodations.

Designing for accessibility can include:

  • Using a consistent course outline and layout in Canvas.
  • Keeping multimedia presentations short and relevant to learning outcomes.
  • Using media with captions where possible and including transcripts or a text format of the presentation if captions are not available.
  • Ensuring that all visuals (graphs, sections of the screen in screencasts, pictures, etc.) are clear and large enough to view on a variety of screens, including smaller devices.
  • Making students aware of multimedia-heavy presentations in advance so they are able to download transcripts, etc. ahead of time.

Overview of Accessible Instructional Design  Faculty Guidelines for Accessibility  Create Accessible MS Word Documents  CreatE Accessible PowerPoint Slides Video Contact for Closed Captioning Support  Web Accessibility Guidelines  Accessible Evaluation Accessibility in the Lab Student Accessibility Services


Constructive Alignment

Constructive alignment is a methodology to focus the development of your course from beginning to end. It takes a student-centred approach to design. Constructive alignment places a focus on what the student will learn rather than what the teacher will teach.

The 'alignment' aspect of constructive alignment involves three key pieces of any course, workshop or learning module: learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities (TLAs) and assessment methods. As it can often become overwhelming to choose what to include in a course, given the vast and rapidly growing amount of information available to us, constructive alignment can help narrow the scope in order to focus on what is most important.

Overview of Constructive Alignment  Writing Effective Learning Outcomes


Instructional Design Frameworks

Instructional design frameworks are models which can help guide you in planning your course. Frameworks help you organize what you plan to teach, how you plan to teach, and encourage you to evaluate your success in these areas.

Overview of Instructional Design Frameworks



Universal Design for Learning

Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework that provides a set of good practices that may be applied in any learning environment. Similar to universal design which applies to the architectural design of physical spaces, UDL is intended to remove barriers for all learners.

Overview of Universal Design for Learning  Considerations for UDL  Explore UDL