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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.

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Teaching Tips

As a new or experienced instructor, here are a few tips that you can quickly implement to further your teaching practice.

Consider your course content

  • Ensure that all activities and content are related to the learning outcomes for your course or session -- visit the Constructive Alignment section of the site for more on this. 
  • Aim to break your course content into a number of smaller segments rather than one continuous lecture for each class. This can be particularly helpful for online or hybrid courses.

Use a variety of teaching strategies

  • Become comfortable with periods of silence in your class. Many people need time to formulate their ideas and questions. 
  • Ask students what they think about the specific strategies you are using -- visit the Feedback section of the site for more on this. 
  • Bring the type of energy and enthusiasm to the course that you expect from students.

Engage in reflective practice

  • Continuously reflect on your teaching practice.  Whether you keep a journal of strategies you have tried and the outcomes you observed; connect with trusted colleagues to discuss your classes; engage in professional development opportunities which allow you to examine elements of your role as a teacher; meet with someone from the Teaching and Learning Centre to talk about your concerns, successes and questions regarding your practice - or a combination of some or all of these options - it is good to take the time to consider how things are going and how you might make changes as you move forward.
  • Be kind to yourself and keep in mind that good teaching involves continuous learning. 

There is a wide range of resources to assist Ontario Tech University faculty, staff, and teaching assistants who wish to enhance their teaching practice. These are available through:

Instructional Consultations

TLC staff members are available for one-on-one meetings to discuss any aspect of your teaching practice at Ontario Tech.

Topics for meetings may include:

Meetings can be held before, during, or after the semester, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,  in-person (at either North or Downtown campuses), over the phone, or online.

To schedule an appointment, please email: teachingandlearning@uoit.ca