OCAD U 2020 Teaching Expo

Challenging Our Assumptions:
Towards More Inclusive Ways of Teaching and Learning

Friday, January 17th, 2020  | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  |  113 McCaul St, Level 5

Join us for this full-day event dedicated to reflecting upon our teaching and learning practices through workshops, presentations, facilitated discussions and demonstrations of class activities. 

Canvas Orientation

Canvas Orientation: Using Online Tools to Support Your Teaching 

This hands-on workshop covers the basics of getting started in Canvas. Topics include basic navigation, the Course Outline Builder tool, and the Assignments tool. This is a great session for new faculty or those who need a Canvas refresher. Please bring a laptop to fully participate in the workshop.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am

113 McCaul, Room 512
(No registration required)

Alternatively, you may self-enrol in the Canvas Guide for Faculty, a Canvas course that includes step-by-step instructions, pedagogical strategies and other resources for teaching with technology.

Peer Teaching Exchange

The Peer Teaching Exchange is a mentorship-based program that brings together experienced faculty and new OCAD U instructors in order to develop teaching practices through reciprocal classroom observation, self-reflection, and knowledge sharing. Now in its third iteration, the Peer Teaching Exchange has received positive feedback, such as it being “a precious opportunity to allow disciplinary lines to briefly dissolve and give us clear views of our peers. It was an illuminating experience!

To take part in the program for the Winter 2020 term, you will need to:

  1. Sign Up Here by January 20th, 2020
  2. Initial Meeting: January 14th, 2020 or January 17th, 2020 
    Attend one of two information sessions to learn about the program, meet other participants, and sign up for three classroom observations.
  3. Classroom Observations: Between January 20th and February 7th, 2020
  4. Reflection Meeting: February 10th, 2020 or February 12th, 2020
    Attend one of two reflection meetings to share what you learned from the classroom observations.

 If have any questions, please email the FCDC: fcdc@ocadu.ca


Knowledge Givers 2.0:
A Longer Conversation

Peter Morin in conversation with Dr. Ashok Mathur
Thursday, December 5, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
205 Richmond St, Room 701
(No registration required)

Knowledge Givers 2.0: A Longer Conversation brings together BIPOC+ faculty to deepen relationships and build inclusive spaces for the many forms of research and practice done in BIPOC+ communities. The series is organized by Peter Morin in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost, and the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre.

Please join us on Thursday, December 5th, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm for the second conversation in the series between Peter Morin and Dr. Ashok Mathur.

Knowledge Exchange Series

The Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre’s Knowledge Exchange series provides an opportunity for OCAD U faculty and staff to come together, discuss meaningful issues in teaching and learning, share their experiences with each other and hear from experienced faculty members.

Knowledge Exchange with Glen Lowry
"Exploring Collaborative Approaches to Critical Art Pedagogy with the AGO and Wikipedia"
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
113 McCaul St, Room 510a
(No registration required)

In the first of the series for 2019/2020, Glen Lowry, Acting Dean, Faculty of Art will share the results of a collaboration with Amy Furness, the AGO’s Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist and Head of Library & Archives, the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative, and students in the Criticism & Curatorial Practice course, Art Writing: Practice and Ideas.

Please join us on October 2nd, 12:00pm - 1:30pm for a conversation with Glen in which he will share his reflections on his course, followed by an open discussion on the topic of collaboration, using online platforms and critical art writing.

Indigenous Students Pathways Symposium

Honouring Indigenous Knowledges: 
Creating Pathways Through Art and Design Education

Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 9:15 am - 7:00 pm | 100 McCaul St, Room 190

A one-day symposium hosted by OCAD University.


Indigenous Students Pathways Symposium

OCAD U Community Circles

New this year, as part of our Indigenous Learning programming, once every month on the last Thursday of the month, OCAD U faculty and staff will have the opportunity to gather together in a drop-in, low-stakes community circle to discuss current issues important to the hearts and minds of the community. The Community Circles are facilitated by FCDC’s Nadia McLaren and open to all OCAD U faculty and staff.

Upcoming Community Circles:

Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Room 512, 113 McCaul
Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Room 512, 113 McCaul
Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Room 512, 113 McCaul
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Room 512, 113 McCaul

Cultural Competency Training

Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT) is available for all OCAD U faculty and staff. Facilitated by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centre (OFIFC), the intent of the ICCT is for organizations to obtain the necessary skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that support the development of meaningful and informed relationships with Indigenous people, families and communities. OCAD U currently offers Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 of the training, as well as follow-up workshops for anyone who has completed Cycle 1.

Cultural Competency Training: Cycle 1 

The first cycle focuses on the early relationship in Canada with Indigenous people, intergenerational trauma and an introduction of the OFIFC’s relationship framework.

Cultural Competency Training Cycle 1
Thursday, February 13, 2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
113 McCaul St, Room 512

Cultural Competency Training: Cycle 2

Cycle 2 builds on the first cycle to take a deeper look at historical narratives and recent efforts to re-frame relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

Cultural Competency Training Cycle 2
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
113 McCaul St, Room 512

Cultural Competency Training Follow-Up Workshops

The FCDC also offers a Follow-up Workshop open to all faculty and staff who have completed the first cycle of the Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT). The follow-up workshop offers participants guidance with HOW to implement their ICCT training in both personal and professional contexts with an introduction to Indigenous pedagogies and methodologies. The session is facilitated by Nadia McLaren.

Cultural Competency Follow-up Workshop
March 2020
(please check back for exact date and to register)
113 McCaul St, Room 512

Indigenous Education
Speaker Series

To facilitate respectful knowledge engagement and support the university’s goals around Indigenous curriculum development, the FCDC has organized a series of public education talks that brings national and local Indigenous scholars and artists to OCAD U. Talks are open to all members of the university and the broader community. Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes!

For our next talk in the series, there will be a special film-screening of Fire Song, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the director, Adam Garnet Jones on Friday, February 7th. All are welcome!

Adam Garnet Jones, Cree/Métis/Danish Filmaker
Film-screening of Fire Song followed by a discussion with the director
Friday, February 7, 2020
6:30pm - 9:00pm
100 McCaul, Room 190
No registration requied. All are welcome!

Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis/ Danish) is a Two-Spirit screenwriter, director, bead-worker and novelist from Edmonton Alberta. Although he had been making short films for quite some time, Adam came into his own as a filmmaker with the release of his first feature, Fire Song, at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. Fire Song went on to win the Audience Choice Award at ImagineNATIVE, before picking up three more audience choice awards and two jury prizes for best film at other festivals. Before going into production, the script for “Fire Song” won the Writer’s Guild of Canada’s Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize.


Visiting Elder Series

As we work to employ the priorities of OCAD U’s current Academic Plan, visiting Elders guide us through teachings and stories, and share knowledges rooted in Indigenous community perspectives, helping us to learn more about Indigenous ontologies, cosmologies and ways of being. 

  • Friday, February 7, 2020 - details to be announced soon


Land-Based Learning

Land-based learning is an exciting new initiative organized by the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre to provide OCAD U faculty and staff with an opportunity to connect with Indigenous community outside of the classroom and studio.

  • Details for Winter 2020 term to be announced

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