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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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I Stopped Giving Grades in my University Classes and This is What Happened

Our education system most often measures a student’s success by means of exams, tests, quizzes, and/or graded work.  Students are eager to see what they “got” on a test or assignment – is it cheers (an A!) or tears (a C!)?  But what if both faculty and students focused more on learning and less on grades?  What if the process of learning was more important than the result of a letter or number?  Come join Dr. Sharon Lauricella, Associate Professor at Ontario Tech, for this interactive session and find out what happened when she ditched grades in her university courses.

This event was held on April 12, 2021.


Speaker bio:

Sharon Lauricella is a Communication scholar and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ontario. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a BA from Wheaton College (Massachusetts). Sharon's research focuses on digital feminist identities and mental health of undergraduate students.


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