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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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Jia Li

Associate Professor

Faculty of Education

Contact information

Charles Hall - Room 343
Downtown Oshawa
61 Charles Street
Oshawa, ON L1H 4X8


Dr. Jia Li is an Associate Professor at the Mitch and Leslie Frazer Faculty of Education, and currently also a John A. Sproul Research Fellow at UC Berkeley. She was a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her doctoral degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and conducted her postdoctoral research at Queen’s University. Dr. Li is the director and primary investigator of the Technology Advances for Language, Literacy, and Learning (TALLL) Lab, where her research focuses on data-driven innovative instruction using new technologies for language and literacy development. This includes interventions that enhance K-12 and undergraduate students’ reading and writing skills and vocabulary knowledge in an academic context. 

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Courses taught

Master of Education

  • EDUC 5002G - Research Methods
  • EDUC 5102G - Educational Technology & Communication
  • EDUC 5105G - Technology Diffusion in Education

Research and expertise

  • Culturally responsive pedagogy and literacy instruction for Indigenous youth
  • Language and cultural awareness among diverse youth across Canada and the US
  • Language and literacy development and assessment for linguistically diverse learners
  • Mobile technologies, social networking media and instructional design
  • Quantitative studies and mixed methods
  • Technology-assisted language and literacy acquisition
  • Teaching English as a second language across curriculum and bilingual education