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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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The AI chatbots are here: implications for academia and higher education symposium

ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is a chatbot created by OpenAI that has been widely available since November 2022. As the technology becomes even more capable and refined, we face serious questions about its use by both students and faculty researchers. This symposium will explore these developments, featuring a guest speaker who is the lead of the AI in Education cluster with Ontario Tech University's Digital Life Institute, Dr. Lesley Wilton and open discussion about this transformative topic.


Dr. Lesley Wilton, OCT, is an Assistant Professor (CLT), Teaching Stream in the Faculty of Education at York University and serves on the Tenure Stream Appointment Committee (TSAC). Her research and teaching interests include issues and practices of integrating technology into teaching, issues in literacy, constructivist and CMC perspectives on the design of online learning environments, blended learning, foundational pre-service and research courses, and artificial intelligence in education. View her full profile, here.

Light lunch and refreshments will be served.

Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 11:15 am to 1 pm
Location: Bordessa Hall, 55 Bond Street East, room 524


  • Dr. Alyson King, PhD

    Dr. Alyson King has been teaching at Ontario Tech University since 2004 (in various roles). She takes an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching and research, loves teaching and working with students, and engages in research intended to better understand student experiences. View her full profile, here

  • Chelsie Lalonde, MLIS

    Chelsie Lalonde has a Master of Library and Information Science and is the librarian for the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities and the Faculty of Education, who also provides support for copyright inquiries at Ontario Tech. As a librarian Chelsie specializes in search strategy construction, information access and discovery. Chelsie’s background in AI includes search strategy construction and support for topics surrounding AI, technology, and education, and keeping up to date with AI developments related to education and copyright to support the Ontario Tech community. Current interests include dabbling in creating prompts for AI image generation and trying to figure out how the blockchain and decentralized web could change the way we understand information ownership online. View her full profile, here.

  • Dr. Theresa Miedema, SJD

    Dr. Theresa Miedema teaches business law and ethics. She has a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree from the University of Toronto, where her research focused on law and international development. She also has extensive legal experience in the regulation of the information communications technology (ICT) sector. View her full profile, here

  • Dr. Isabel Pedersen, PhD

    Dr. Isabel Pedersen is the founding Director of the Digital Life Institute, an international research network of multidisciplinary scholars studying the social implications of emergent digital technologies, where she also leads the AI and Social Implications cluster. View her full profile, here