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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

New Instructor Orientation

Registration for New to Ontario Tech instructor orientation is now closed. Thank you for your interest!


Details on speakers and content for each day are listed in the tabs below. You can also download the program as a PDF.

Should you need any of the materials in an alternative or accessible format, contact teachingandlearning@ontariotechu.ca.


Instructor Orientation: Day 1
Time Session (Topic + Speaker)
9:00 am - 9:05 am Land Acknowledgement Rebecca Maynard, Faculty Development Coordinator, TLC
9:05 am - 9:10 am Welcome (prerecorded) Jill Thompson, Indigenous Cultural Advisor, Indigenous Education and Cultural Services, Student Life
9:10 am - 9:30 am Opening Remarks Dr. Susan Forbes, Manager, TLC + Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
9:30 am - 10:30 am Panel: Who are our students? How we help them to succeed

Dr. Joe Stokes, University Registrar + Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education

Sarah Stokes, Educational Developer, TLC

Dr. Susan Forbes, Manager, TLC + Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

10:30 am - 10:45 am
Bio Break
10:45 am - 11:30 am Learner-Centered Instruction Dr. Susan Forbes, Manager, TLC + Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Indigenizing and Decolonizing Post-Secondary Education Dr. Kaitlyn Watson, Educational Developer, TLC + Adjunct
Professor, FEd
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch and Learn: Open FAQ with Current Instructors Stephen Marsh, Associate Professor, FBIT
Dr. Kaitlyn Watson
, Educational Developer, TLC + Adjunct
Professor, FEd
Sarah Stokes
, Educational Developer, TLC
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Library Presentation Kaelan Caspary, STEM and Data Librarian, Campus Libraries
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm The Open Education Lab

Sarah Stokes, Educational Developer, TLC

Pranjal Saloni, Open Education Lab Assistant, TLC

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Bio Break
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm What Is the TLC? TLC Staff
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Q&A TLC Staff

Instructor Orientation: Day 2
Time Session (Topic + Speaker)
9:00 am - 9:05 am Land Acknowledgement Sarah Stokes, Educational Developer, TLC
9:05 am - 9:20 am Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Presentation PSAC Union Representative
9:20 am - 9:35 am Health + Safety Presentation Maureen Calhoun, Health and Safety Officer
9:35 am - 9:50 am
Bio Break
9:50 am - 10:50 am Removing Barriers with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Dr. Lidya Salim, Educational Developer, TLC

Mortilaine Riley, Educational Developer, TLC

10:50 am - 11:50 am Student Engagement

Dr. Kaitlyn Watson, Educational Developer, TLC + Adjunct
Professor, FEd

Sarah Stokes, Educational Developer, TLC

11:50 am - 1:00 pm Lunch and Learn: The Things I Wish I'd Known

Dr. Susan Forbes, Manager, TLC + Adjunct Professor, FHSc
Dr. Kaitlyn Watson
, Educational Developer, TLC + Adjunct Professor, FEd
Sarah Stokes
, Educational Developer, TLC

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Ed Tech Toolkit

Mortilaine Riley, Educational Developer, TLC

Jeanette Oliveira, Educational Technology Analyst, TLC

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm LMS Tour

Dr. Kaitlyn Watson, Educational Developer, TLC + Adjunct Professor, FEd

Dr. Lidya Salim, Educational Developer, TLC

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Bio Break
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Planning for Success

Dr. Susan Forbes, Manager, TLC + Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Q&A TLC Staff