Peer Teaching Exchange

Join this innovative mentorship-based opportunity to advance your teaching practice and develop your teaching dossier. Over the course of a semester you will visit your peers classrooms in order to

  • Share and observe effective teaching strategies;
  • Receive non-evaluative peer feedback on your teaching;
  • Discuss cross-disciplinary perspectives and knowledge;
  • Create connections with other faculty
  • Earn a certificate of completion and strengthen your teaching dossier.

Participating in this program will take approximately ten hours over the course of the fall semester, as follows:

  • Sign-up: By September 20th, 2019
  • Initial Meeting: Between September 23rd and September 27th
  • Classroom Visits: Between September 30th and October 31st
  • Reflection Meeting: Between November 4th and November 15th


For more information, please email Claire Bartleman at

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.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
100 McCaul St, Room 258
Thursday, August 29, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
113 McCaul St, Room 510
Register here for either of these workshops

Quick Online Canvas Orientation:

This online session covers the basics of how to navigate Canvas and use the Outline Builder tool.

Thursday, August 1, 2019
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

No registration required.
Join this online session by clicking on the following link at the time of the workshop:

Assignment Re/Design Studio

Open to all faculty, this drop-in studio working session is a chance to meet with faculty and staff colleagues to discuss and refine existing course assignments and projects, or brainstorm new ones in a collaborative and practical workshop environment.

Bring assignment descriptions or ideas to discuss with colleagues from program areas across the university. In addition to faculty members, staff from the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, Writing & Learning Centre, Academic Computing and the Library will also be available to share their expertise on such topics as: 

  • Using a wholistic approach to integrate Indigenous knowledges and perspectives
  • Embedding principles of Universal Design for Learning
  • Using writing activities to generate ideas and strengthen concepts
  • Scaffolding assignments to support English Language Learners
  • Integrating technologies to enhance learning
  • Creating effective assignments and assessments for larger classes
  • Developing students’ information literacy and library research skills

Come alone or with a team. No appointment or registration necessary.

Assignment Re/Design Studio
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
100 McCaul St, Room 187, Lambert Lounge
No registration required.

New Faculty Orientation

This full day of programming is an orientation for all new faculty to the university.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

More information and to register

Academic Year Kickoff

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
100 McCaul St, Room 190, Auditorium

This event for all faculty welcomes everyone to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year. Commencing with a land acknowledgement and an address from Sara Diamond, OCAD University President, the day includes information sessions for each Faculty, the annual Faculty Resources Fair and a communal lunch in the Great Hall. This year artist, author and educator Chantal Gibson, Dewey Teaching Fellow at Simon Fraser University, will share from her recently published collection of poems How She Read (Caitlin Press, 2019) and talk about the importance of decolonizing our speaking and thinking for our teaching practice.

Land-Based Learning

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

We are pleased to welcome Six Nations educators, Sheila Maracle and Lauren Williams, to facilitate the first land-based learning workshop, being held on Saturday, September 21st from 1-4pm along the Humber River in Toronto. Details about this workshop and how to register are listed below. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and the deadline to register is by Monday, September 16th.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Baby Point, along the Humber River, Toronto
Fee: $30

Workshop Facilitators:
Sheila L. Maracle and Lauren Williams from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

The land acknowledgement is just a start in working towards reconciliation. This workshop will share how the Haudenosaunee view their relationship to the land and waters through an understanding of the Thanksgiving Address. Participants will be taken out of the classroom for some land-based teachings from two Mohawk educators, Sheila L. Maracle and Lauren Williams, both educators based in Hamilton, and from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Through traditional knowledge-sharing, personal stories and activities, participants will begin to develop their own understanding of having a connection to the land. 

REGISTER HERE by Monday, September 16, 2019

Note: This workshop is open to OCAD U faculty and staff, with a maximum of 20 participants.

Indigenous Education Speaker Series

To facilitate respectful knowledge-sharing and support the university’s goals around Indigenous curriculum development, the FCDC has organized a series of public education talks, that form our Indigenous Education Speaker Series

We are proud to announce that the first guest speaker for this year will be Indigenous scholar, educator and author Dr. Marie Battiste. Dr. Battiste is Mi’kmaq from Nova Scotia’s Potlotek First Nation. She is most well-known as an author and educator with immense contributions to the field of Indigenous education and an unflinching commitment to traditional languages and knowledges. Currently a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, she holds a Master's degree from Harvard and a PhD from Stanford University.

Dr. Battiste will give a talk on "Cognitive Justice and Transsystemic Change: Indigenization in the Academy" on Thursday, September 26th, 6:30-8:30pm at OCAD U. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period and is open to all.

"Cognitive Justice and Transsystemic Change: Indigenization in the Academy"
Thursday, September 26th, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
100 McCaul St, Room 190

No registration required. All are welcome.


Cultural Competency Training

The Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC) invites faculty and staff to participate in Cycle 1 of Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT) offered 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.

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
Monday, August 26, 2019
9:15 am - 4:15 pm
113 McCaul St, Room 512


Cultural Competency Training Follow Ups

The FCDC also offers a Cycle 1 Follow-up Workshop open to all faculty and staff who have completed the first cycle of the Indigenous Cultural Competency Training. 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 & Travis Freeman.

Indigenous Cultural Competency Cycle 1 Follow-up Workshop
To be scheduled for October 2019

Please check back for exact date and to register.