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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

Fall 2022 Workshops

TLC Workshops offer participants a variety of programs based on their teaching and learning interests and needs. Supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre's Educational Developers, the Fall workshop series is open to teaching assistants and graduate students, sessional/part-time, teaching-focused, and tenure-track faculty members who are eager to support student success through effective teaching. Experienced and new educators are encouraged to participate. 

The Fall TLC Workshop series will be delivered in both in person and online formats. Please see the workshop schedule below for specifics. All in person workshop sessions will be hosted in LIB 026A (in the lower level of the North Campus Library).

For all workshop-related questions, contact the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) via email:

Register for Fall Workshops


September 2022

September TLC Workshops
Workshop Facilitator(s) Location Date/Time Description
Putting the Power in PowerPoint Sarah Stokes, Mortilaine Riley, and Lidya Salim In Person Tuesday September 27, 11:10 am - 12:10 pm

PowerPoints and other digital slideshows can be ineffective if they are misused or overused. This workshop provides insights on how to maximize the teaching potential of slideshows, using scientifically derived learning principles. Brush up on your PowerPoint skills and learn practical strategies for creating beautiful, engaging, and accessible presentations.



October 2022

October TLC Workshops
Workshop Facilitator(s) Location Date/Time Description
Designing Teaching and Learning Experiences Lidya Salim and Kaitlyn Watson Online Wednesday October 5, 11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Are you connecting to prior knowledge and experience? Do you check for understanding? Are you consolidating learning at the end of a lesson? In this workshop, we will explore a framework for effectively designing lessons for optimal engagement and learning.

Instructional Design for Classroom Teaching Mortilaine Riley and Sarah Stokes Online Thursday October 6, 11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Leverage instructional design strategies to design effective and engaging classroom experiences. This workshop will provide an overview of the foundational principles, processes, and practices that currently shape and define the field of Instructional Design.

Weight of the World: How to Support Students in Trying Times Kaitlyn Watson In Person Wednesday October 19, 12:40 pm - 2:00 pm

The past two years have impacted both instructors and students in many ways. A trauma-informed approach to teaching takes into account students’ traumatic experiences and how their engagement in learning may be impacted. In this session we will discuss how our instruction can support students in these particularly trying times. 

Make Teaching Activities More Engaging and Inclusive with Mentimeter Jeanette Oliveira Online Thursday October 20, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

During the session we will:

  • Go through how Mentimeter can further enhance the teaching and learning experiences at Ontario Tech University 
  • Cover how to create a safe, positive and engaging learning atmosphere
  • How to use Mentimeter for formative assessment, building better understanding and how to collect feedback, preferences and needs from the students
  • Demo the platform and showcase important settings to remember, as well as valuable tips and tricks on how to become a confident presenter
  • Depending on your pre-existing knowledge we might also go through the more advanced question types and how those can support the teaching activities
  • The session will be highly interactive and you will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter throughout the full hour
Intro to Open Education Sarah Stokes In Person/Online

In Person:
Tuesday October 25, 11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Friday October 28, 11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Learn about the Open Education movement and where it fits in with teaching and learning at Ontario Tech. We will cover the basics of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP), and how you can include both in your courses.

Disrupting Plagiarism: Using the Turnitin Similarity Report to Support Original Work Throughout the Writing Process Jeanette Oliveira Online Thursday October 27, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 In this session, we will discuss:

  • How do we define plagiarism? What are the types of plagiarism?
  • What can we do throughout the writing process to prevent plagiarism?



November 2022

November TLC Workshops
Workshop Facilitator(s) Location Date/Time Description
Removing Learning Barriers with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lidya Salim and Mortilaine Riley In Person/Online

In Person:
Tuesday November 1, 11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Friday November 4, 11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Are your students really getting the most out of your courses? When we design content with accessibility in mind, we remove barriers and foster a more inclusive learning environment. In this workshop, we will explore practical strategies to implement universal design for learning (UDL) in your courses.

Backward Design: Aligning Outcomes, Assessment and Instruction Kaitlyn Watson and Lidya Salim In Person/Online

In Person:
Tuesday November 8, 11:10 am - 12:30 pm

Friday November 11, 11:10 am - 12:30 pm

This workshop will support you in designing your courses using the backward design model. We will discuss alignment of learning outcomes, assessment, and instruction. 

Decolonizing Instructional Approaches Kaitlyn Watson In Person

Wednesday November 16, 11:10 am - 12:30 pm

Decolonizing instruction has the potential to improve learning experiences for all students. In this workshop you’ll be guided through reflections on power dynamics and the impacts of colonialism, as well as practical strategies for decolonizing your classroom.

Democratizing the Classroom with OER Sarah Stokes In Person Tuesday November 22, 11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Part of open education is inviting students to participate in the learning experience in new ways. Democratizing your classroom is a unique way for students to help shape the course alongside their instructors.

How to Access the Workshops: 

You will receive calendar invitations with links to your chosen workshops after completing the registration form.

In person workshops are hosted in LIB 026 (in the lower level of the North Campus Library), and online workshops are delivered via Google Meet at the listed dates and times.