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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 TA Orientation

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


Details on speakers and content for TA Orientation are listed in the tab 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.


Teaching Assistant Orientation
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 - 9:15 am Opening Remarks Dr. Susan Forbes, Manager, TLC + Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
9:15 am - 9:30 am Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Presentation PSAC Union Representative
9:30 am - 9:45 am Health + Safety Presentation Maureen Calhoun, Health and Safety Officer
9:45 am - 10:30 am Panel: Who are our students? How we help them to succed

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 - 11:00 am Learner-Centered Instruction

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

11:00 am - 11:15 am
Bio Break
11:15 am - 11:45 am Fundamentals of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Dr. Lidya Salim, Educational Developer, TLC

Mortilaine Riley, Educational Developer, TLC

11:45 am - 12:30 pm Library Presentation

Kaelan Caspary, STEM and Data Librarian, Campus Libraries

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm LMS Tour

Dr. Kaitlyn Watson, Educational Developer, TLC + Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education

Dr. Lidya Salim, Educational Developer, TLC

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Assessment and Feedback Mortilaine Riley, Educational Developer, TLC
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Self-Reflection Dr. Kaitlyn Watson, Educational Developer, TLC + Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Time Management Dr. Lidya Salim, Educational Developer, TLC
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Classroom Management Sarah Stokes, Educational Developer, TLC
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Bio Break
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm What Is the TLC? TLC Staff
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Q&A TLC Staff