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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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William Hunter


Founding Dean

Faculty of Education

Contact information

Education Building Downtown Oshawa
11 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON


Dr. Hunter is an educational psychologist who studied human learning and development, educational measurement and research methodology/statistics.  In the early 1980s, his interests were in educational technology with early foci on coding (LOGO) and the impact of technology on writing, for which he coined the term "technography."  More recently, he has focused on innovative uses of technology in postsecondary settings and on the ways that K-12 schools internationally have used online learning to promote intercultural learning.

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Courses Taught

Bachelor of Education

  • Educational. Research, Theory, and Practice - EDUC  4240U
  • Classroom Communications - EDUC 2000U
  • Assessment and Evaluation - EDUC 4590U 

Master of Education

  • Principles of Learning - EDUC 5001G
  • Advanced Research Methods - EDUC 5003G 

Research and Expertise

  • Leadership and change in higher education
  • Online learning and social cohesion
  • Teacher education
  • Technology and learning
Recent Books and Book Contributions
  • Hunter, W. J. & Austin, R. (2021). Blended and Online Learning for Global Citizenship: New Technologies and Opportunities for Intercultural Education. London: Routledge
  • van Oostveen, R., Hunter, W., Barber, W., Gerbrandt, J. & Childs, E. (2021). Collaborative Learning in Co-created Digital Space: The Fully Online Learning Community Model. In H.K. Dhir (ed.) Handbook of Research on Barriers for Teaching 21st-Century Competencies and the Impact of Digitalization. IGI Global (in press).
  • Hunter, B. (2019).  Introduction. In Ferris, S., (ed,) Active Learning Strategies for Higher Education: The Practical Handbook. The Practical Handbook The Centre for Higher Education Research, Policy, and Practice. Technical University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. pp 17-19. Available:
  • Austin, R. & Hunter, B. (2013). Online Learning and Community Cohesion: Linking Schools. London: Routledge
Recent Refereed Journal Articles
 Other Recent Professional Publications