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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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Virtual Classrooms

Format

Learning from the comfort of your home.  Our classes are virtual (synchronous), meaning you attend class once a week at a set time.  This virtual face-to-face interaction is highly efficient, motivating, and helps build students' social connections.  Our virtual classroom approach has resulted in a 95%+ graduation rate for well over a decade.

Highly Interactive

Not your average online class. Using leading-edge technology and resources, our classes are highly interactive. They feature small and large group discussions, case studies, debates, small group projects, and technology-supported instructions.  We have been teaching online for almost 15 years and just published Thriving Online: A Guide for Bust Educators 

Small Class Sizes

Small, personalized classes. Our class size typically ranges from 15 to 25 students, leading to a small class, personalized learning experience.

Technology-Enhanced Learning

Meaningful use of technology.  We have a strong network of faculty and students with many ideas and suggestions about integrating technology meaningfully into learning.  This community loves to share new ideas. Whether you are relatively new to educational technology or a veteran, you will significantly expand your understanding and application of the most effective uses of technology in education.

Convenient Class Times

Your time is valuable. We schedule our classes for busy people. Each class meets one weekly evening in the virtual classroom starting at 6 pm (EST).  This time allows many of our students to pursue their graduate studies while working full-time. 

Authentic Assessment

We have no exams or tests. Instead, we strive to use a variety of authentic, meaningful assessment methods, including

  • academic writing assignments (e.g., literature review, research report, annotated bibliography, journal article analysis, case-studies analysis, collaborative books),  
  • multimedia projects (e.g., video creation, collaborative website design, blog posts, podcasts),
  • reflective analyses (e.g., peer-assessment and self-assessment) and 
  • student-led presentations/seminars
  • We create inclusive assignments (e.g., embracing creativity and choice, maximizing student autonomy). 

Diverse

We value diversity. Our students come with professions in education, the corporate world, legal practice, human resources, the public sector, non-profits, and law enforcement. Others come straight from their undergraduate studies. They attend classes from within the Greater Toronto Area, from different parts of Canada, and from all over the world, offering diverse perspectives that enhance learning.

Technical Requirements

With minimal equipment, you can join our interactive online classes. Here is what you will need:

  • A relatively new computer (within the last two to three years)
  • A webcam
  • A good-quality headset with a microphone (you cannot use your computer's speakers because they will create an echo for everyone else in the class). Our students have found that the brands Jabra, Plantronics and Logitech work well
  • An Internet connection with a minimum download speed of 10 Mbps and a minimum upload speed of 2 Mbps. Check your internet speed at speedtest.net
  • You may wish to use a large computer screen (21-inch or larger) which can be helpful when bringing up multiple windows in class