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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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Roland van Oostveen


Faculty of Education

Contact information

Education Building - Room EI Lab
Downtown Oshawa
11 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON


Dr. Roland van Oostveen holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the University of Toronto. He spent 18 years as a science educator in private and public K-12 formal education settings, concluding as Science Curriculum Coordinator for the Toronto District School Board. Dr. van Oostveen currently serves as Director of the Educational Informatics Laboratory (EILab) at the Faculty of Education, Ontario Tech U, an innovative research facility, which focusses on Human-Computer-Human Interactions (HCHI). Dr. van Oostveen also serves as the Director of the BA in Educational Studies and Digital Technology (ESDT) program in the Faculty of Education at UOIT. The program is oriented around Problem and Inquiry-Based Learning within the context of a Fully Online Learning Community (FOLC) environment.

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Courses taught

Bachelor of Arts (ESTD)

  • Engaged Education Pilot Project (EEP) - Pilot Project Alternative to AEDT4200/4201
  • EDUC4703 Teaching and Learning: Problem Based Learning 
  • AEDT1120 Foundations of Digital Teaching and Learning Technologies
  • AEDT4200/4201 Thesis I & II

Bachelor of Education

  • CURS4100, 4101 Curriculum Methods: Biology
  • CURS4180, 4181 Curriculum Methods: General Science
  • EDUC3511 Learning with ICT (I/S)
  • EDUC3460 Education Elective: Problem Based Learning

Master of Education

  • EDUC5303G Technology and the Curriculum
  • EDUC5302G Curriculum Planning and Implementation
  • EDUC5101G Digital Tools for Constructing Knowledge
  • EDUC5102G Educational Technology & Communication
  • CSCI5140G Ecology of Online Learning
  • CSCI6720G Advanced Topics in Information Science

Research and expertise

  • Educational informatics
  • e-Learning and m-Learning
  • Online learning curriculum development
  • Problem-based learning (PBL) in online environments
  • Virtual environment creation