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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

Student Engagement

Teaching and learning online doesn’t eliminate the opportunity for meaningful learning and engagement. Just like face-to-face, virtual discussion can foster engagement, develop communication skills, and expand students’ perspectives. The main difference between F2F and virtual teaching is you have to be more deliberate in your planning! The resources below can help you plan engaging and meaninful learning for students in all formats, from F2F to fully online.


 

Communicating with Students

Communicating with your students is an important first step in university teaching. Setting expectations in communication for you and your students will help build openness and trust in your classroom and ultimately will further student engagement.

Common Course Outline  VIDEO: CULTURAL COMPETENCY  VIDEO: NETIQUETTE  VIDEO: PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION  QUICK GUIDE: NETIQUETTE AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION


 

Active Learning

Acive learning strategies encompass a range of activities you may undertake in your role as an educator. Though it can be tempting to stick to teaching the way in which you were taught, it is a good practice to consider which teaching strategies you have been using, how your students have responded to them and whether trying other strategies may be beneficial.  

Active learning can include problem-based or case-based learning, group formats, and technology-supported activities.

ACTIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES  TEACHING HYBRID COURSES  IMPLEMENTING TEACHING STRATEGIES  Student Response/Polling


 

Experiential Learning

Well-planned, supervised and assessed experiential learning activities enrich student learning and promote intellectual development, interdisciplinary thinking, social engagement, cultural awareness, teamwork, and other communication and professional skills. Learn about how you can support experiential learning in the classroom and engage students in the opportunity to apply their knowledge and creativity to real-life problems.

Experiential Learning at Ontario Tech  Working with Partners  Co-Ops and Internships


 

Indigenous Curriculum Resources

In the university's journey towards reconciliation, it is important that we have educational tools to help us treat Indigenous guests and the communities around us with respect. 

Acknowledge Traditional Territory  Video: Creating Connections with Indigenous Perspectives  Host an Indigenous Guest  Educational Advisory Circle  Learning Modules  Events and Workshops


 

Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are not just about removing the costs associated with learning material purchases. Instead, OER are about increasing access for students by lessening the financial barriers associated with post-secondary education. Open educational resources are part of a larger, global strategy called open education. Open education seeks to create an environment of collaboration in the classroom, through the open sharing of knowledge, evaluation practices, and other procedures between students and professors.

OER at Ontario Tech  Learn About OER  Find OER


 

Technology for Engagement

Ontario Tech University is a proud leader in the delivery of technology-enriched learning. The university uses a number of technology tools for communication, instruction, evaluation, and feedback in its classes. The Teaching and Learning Centre provides training and support in these tools. Want to try something new in your course? The Teaching and Learning Centre can help you experiment, innovate, and succeed in using technology.

Student Response/Polling  Group Evaluation Tool  Jamboard Tool  Numbas Online Assignment Tool  Add Quiz Questions to Video  Multimedia Support  Using Camtasia