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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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Self-Directed e-Learning

Self-Directed e-Learning

We offer a collection of self-paced professional development learning opportunities through e-Modules and e-Courses that allow Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows the flexibility to take when it is convenient for them, at any time during their degree, from anywhere in the world. Self-directed e-Learning resources are free to access and are available through Canvas.

External workshops and e-courses are also made available to all Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows through Coursera and EDGE (Education, Development, Growth, and Engagement) by Mitacs Training.

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  • Introduction to Literature Reviews

    The purpose of this e-module is to help develop familiarity and critical understanding of different types of literature reviews. The e-module explores how review articles are structured and developed, and it lays a foundation for developing your own literature reviewing skills.

    Topics include:

    • Understanding the purposes of conducting a literature review;
    • Distinguishing between types of literature reviews;
    • Understanding the structure and approaches of literature reviews;
    • Developing skills in critically reading and analyzing literature reviews;
    • Gaining familiarity with written conventions and styles of literature reviews;
    • Situating ideas within your field and area.
  • Developing an Annotated Bibliography

    The purpose of this e-module is to help develop familiarity and critical understanding of different types of annotated bibliographies. The e-module explores the purposes, content, and structure of an annotated bibliography, and it guides you through creating your own annotated bibliography in support of a literature review for your final paper, major project or thesis.

    Topics include:

    • Understanding the purposes of conducting an annotated bibliography;
    • Distinguishing between types of annotated bibliographies;
    • Understanding the structure and content of annotated bibliographies;
    • Developing skills in sourcing, reviewing, and annotating literature;
    • Situating ideas within your field and area.
  • Core Skills for Actionable Professional Communication

    This set of five e-modules are designed to teach core professional communication concepts, writing strategies and social media literacy. Each e-module in this set is self-contained and can be explored independently of the others. This set of e-resources includes a variety of business communication case studies, which Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows can leverage to develop transferable communication skills for their professional needs.

    Modules Include:

    • Guiding the Reader
    • Strategies and Patterns
    • Rhetoric and Persuasion
    • Presentations and Collaboration
    • Research Skills and Media Literacy


  • The Modern TA: New Approaches for Mathematics Tutorials

    The Modern TA is a self-paced and flexible e-course is designed for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows who are looking to enhance their teaching practice with new techniques. It provides a holistic and in-depth experience through a combination of inquiry-based explorations, online applets, dynamic and computational modeling, video podcasts, and interactive simulations.

    This e-course includes a set of two interactive online modules, a supplementary workbook and resource guide, and multiple pathways for differentiated learning experiences. Content focuses on common topics and student challenges that arise in undergraduate linear algebra and calculus.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Develop fluency in the purposeful uses of different digital technologies for representing and communicating mathematics in undergraduate education.
    2. Enhance pedagogical approaches for fostering rich mathematical experiences through the uses of interactive digital technologies and question-posing techniques. 
    3. Build capacity for enacting inclusive pedagogies that incorporate digital technologies into online, blended or in-person undergraduate mathematics learning environments.

    Topics include:

    • Best practices for integrating  video podcasts into lectures
    • Access and accessibility issues
    • Leading effective tutorials in-person and online
    • Leveraging technology to support and advance student thinking
    • Responding to student questions and emails using technology
    • Dynamic Geometry Software as a teaching aid
    • Teaching Computational Modeling with Python 
  • Conducting Program Evaluations in Workplaces and Communities

    This e-course consists of three modules with relevant content, engaging learning activities, and practical takeaways. It focuses on the knowledge, skills, and tools required to lead successful program evaluations and encourage evidence-based practice within workplaces and communities. Throughout this course, you will have the opportunity to draw connections between the lessons, your skills, and your experiences in research.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Describe program evaluation and communicate its value to stakeholders and employers.
    2. Identify and use common evaluation tools.
    3. Use case studies to apply your learning to practice scenarios.
    4. Consider contextual factors that impact the implementation and use of evaluations.
  • Fostering Inclusivity in Workplaces and Communities

    This e-course consists of three modules with relevant content, engaging learning activities, and practical takeaways. It focuses on community building, intercultural communication, and equity knowledge and skills to promote inclusive workplaces and communities. This e-course supports you in identifying the skills you gained during your graduate program that can support you in fostering an inclusive workplace after graduation. Throughout the course, you will reflect on your positionality within the many dimensions of inclusivity and use that knowledge to adapt your approaches to creating inclusive workplaces and communities.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Identify the skills and competencies that you have and need in order to engaging diverse perspectives and foster inclusivity.
    2. Confidently articulate your role in fostering inclusivity in application documents for your preferred jobs, and in the jobs themselves.
    3. Identify theories (and practices) of change that that suit your identities and values and that you can use.
    4. Use your skill sets to set yourself apart as an employee, team member, and a leader whose efforts in creating inclusive workplaces are actionable and sustainable.
  • Cultivating Wellbeing in Workplaces and Communities

    This e-course consists of three modules with relevant content, engaging learning activities, and practical takeaways. It focuses on personal and collective wellness skills to promote healthy and resilient workplaces and communities. This course provides you with a broad range of mental health literacy skills to apply in the workplace and other community settings.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Contribute to decreasing the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness by building your vocabulary and challenging misconceptions.
    2. Take an anti-oppressive approach to analyzing and proposing solutions for mental health disparities in the workplace and other communities.
    3. Build your personal and professional network to support your wellbeing at work.
    4. Customize the strategies you use to stay well, respond to challenges, and recover from setbacks at work.
    5. Articulate how you identify and personally contribute to healthy workplace cultures.

     Topics include:

    • Foundations and key concepts related to mental health and wellbeing
    • Develop and customize strategies to respond to stress, burnout, procrastination, and imposter syndrome at work
    • Practice workplace sills for cultivating wellbeing
    • Develop understanding of high-impact work wellness practices at multiple levels of an organization