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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

Spring/Summer 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, this fully online program 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. 

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

Register for Spring/Summer Workshops


May 2022  

Workshop Facilitator(s) Description Date/Time
Democratizing the Syllabus Sarah Stokes Part of open education is inviting students to participate in the learning experience in new ways. Democratizing the syllabus is a unique way for students to help shape the course alongside their instructors. Tuesday May 10th,

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Coffee, Conversation & Community: End of Semester Review Kaitlyn Watson, Lidya Salim, Mortilaine Riley, and Sarah Stokes Join the TLC educational development team and your colleagues from across the university for an informal conversation to end the semester on a high (or at least, neutral) note. Review what worked, what didn’t, and what you’d like to change for next semester. Wednesday May 11th,

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


June 2022

Workshop Facilitator(s) Description Date/Time
Weight of the World: A Trauma-Informed Lens for Supporting Students Kaitlyn Watson 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. Tuesday June 7th,

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Teaching Meets Technology: An Effective Model for Classroom Tech Integration Mortilaine Riley and Jeanette Oliveira Incorporating technology into the classroom can be an overwhelming task. How do you effectively select technology to support intended learning outcomes? This workshop highlights key principles that can guide your tech integration. Friday June 10th,

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


July 2022

Workshop Facilitator(s) Description Date/Time
OER Incubator (7 week program) Sarah Stokes and Rebecca Maynard

Would you like to reduce/eliminate textbook costs and provide free, equitable access to all your course resources? Would you like to provide customized, relevant and inclusive content for your students? Join the Open Educational Resource (O.E.R) Incubator to create an O.E.R plan for your course!

This 7 week workshop series will support you as you refine your vision, plan your O.E.R and begin to adopt, adapt and/or create content. Join us, and other colleagues from across the institution, as you grow your vision. There are asynchronous participation options for anyone who cannot attend a specific workshop session.

Thursdays from June 30th to August 11th,

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

A Practical Guide to Instructional Design Mortilaine Riley and Sarah Stokes This workshop will provide an overview of the fundamental principles, processes, and practices that currently shape and define the field of Instructional Design. You will learn how to apply your knowledge of instructional design to real-life instructional materials and build your toolkit for the future. Wednesday July 6th,

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Backward Design: Aligning Outcomes, Assessment and Instruction Kaitlyn Watson and Lidya Salim This workshop will support you in designing your courses using the backward design model. We will discuss alignment of learning outcomes, assessment, and instruction. Tuesday July 12th,

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Removing Barriers: Accessibility through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Mortilaine Riley and Lidya Salim 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. Tuesday July 19th,

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Instructional Multimedia Design: Leveraging Multimedia for Successful Teaching and Learning Mortilaine Riley and Alex Pilon Need some practical tips on how to package and deliver course content using smart and engaging multimedia tools?

Attend this workshop to gain insights on how to effectively combine different media (such as text, audio, images, video, etc.) to enhance the learning experience.

Wednesday July 20th,

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


August 2022

Workshop Facilitator(s) Description Date/Time
Canvas TTT: Interactive Homepage Kaitlyn Watson, Lidya Salim, Mortilaine Riley, and Sarah Stokes Welcome your students to your course with an informative, interactive and creative homepage! This workshop provides a step-by-step guide to setting up, customizing and beautifying your course homepage. We'll provide a few examples and tips along the way. Wednesday August 10th,

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Decolonizing Instructional Approaches Kaitlyn Watson 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. Wednesday August 17th,

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Kaitlyn Watson and Lidya Salim The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) involves systematic investigation of teaching and learning with the goal of improvement. In this workshop we will explore approaches of inquiry and opportunities you have to do SoTL. Thursday August 18th,

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

How to Access the Workshops: 

You will receive calendar invitations with links to your chosen workshops after completing the registration form. All workshops are delivered via Google Meet at the listed dates and times.