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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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Lorayne Robertson

Associate Professor

Faculty of Education

Contact information

Education Building Downtown Oshawa
11 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON


Dr. Lorayne Robertson is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University and specializes in online learning, digital pedagogies, equity, leadership, and policy. Other research interests include investigations of the student experience and instructor role in poly-synchronous online environments with a particular focus on digital technologies and assistive technologies at the point of instruction in applied settings such as schools, colleges, and higher education. Dr. Robertson is a former district superintendent and education officer for the Ministry of Education, Ontario.

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Courses taught

Master of Education

  • Advanced Research Methods - EDUC 5003G
  • Digital Literacy - EDUC 5303G
  • Principles of Learning - EDUC 5001G
  • Foundations of Leadership - EDUC 5201G
  • Leadership and Technology - EDUC 5205G  
  • Critical and Reflective Practice in Education - EDUC 5004G 

Research and expertise

  • critical media literacy
  • digital privacy
  • equity
  • policy analysis
  • technology leadership in schools
  • Robertson, L. (2018). Toward an epistemology of active learning in higher education and its promise. Active Learning Strategies in Higher Education: Teaching for Leadership, Innovation and Creativity. London: Emerald Publishing, 17-44.
  • Robertson, L., Barber, W., & Muirhead, W. (2018). Online Learning as the Catalyst for More Deliberate Pedagogies: A Canadian University Experience. Active Learning Strategies in Higher Education: Teaching for Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity, 151.
  • Robertson, L., & Barber, W. (2017). New directions in assessment and evaluation: authentic assessment in fully online learning communities. Journal of Education Research, 11(3).
  • Tsumura, L., & Robertson, L. (2017). Implementing technology in an early years program: teachers and students as metacognitive thinkers. International Journal for Infonomics, 10(3).
  • Corrigan, L., & Robertson, L. (2016). Keeping the peace: How equity is leveraged through safe schools policy. International Journal for e-Learning Security, 6(2).
  • Robertson, L., Hughes, J., & Smith, S. (2012). Thanks for the assignment: Digital literacy in teacher pre-service. Language and Literacy. 14(1)1-13.
  • Robertson, L., & Thomson, D. (2011).Watching bald eagles change shifts: Seeking Digital Curriculum Access across Canada. Alberta Journal of Education Research (AJER). 57(3) Fall 2011, 316-335.
  • Robertson, L. & Hughes, J. (2011).Investigating preservice teachers’ grasp of critical media literacy. Language and Literacy. 13(2) Special Issue, 201, 37-53.
  • Hughes, J. & Robertson, L. (2011) Teachers as moral compasses: Exploring critical literacy through digital social justice book talks. Language and Literacy. 13(2) Special Issue, 201, 24-37.


  • Selected publications

    Robertson, L. & Muirhead, B. (2019). Coming soon to a device near you: A policy analysis of mandatory online learning. Accepted for the 11th International Conference on Society and Information Technologies (ICSIT 2020). March 10-13, 2020. Orlando, Florida, USA.

    Robertson, L. Muirhead, B., & Corrigan, L. (2019). “Don’t answer that!”- Cell phone restrictions in Ontario schools. Accepted for the  11th International Conference on Society and Information Technologies (ICSIT 2020). March 10-13, 2020. Orlando, Florida, USA.

    Robertson L., Muirhead B. (2019) Unpacking the Privacy Paradox for Education. In: Visvizi A., Lytras M. (eds) Research & Innovation Forum 2019. RIIFORUM 2019. Springer Proceedings in Complexity. Springer.

    Muirhead, B. & Robertson, L. (2019). The degree with identity issues: Researching the “Made in Canada” EdD for UOIT. Proceedings of the 10th International Multi-Conference Education, Training and informatics, ICSIT 2019, pp. 25-30.