OCAD U 2020 TEACHING EXPO - Registration is now open!

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm


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

Registration is now open!


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. This year’s theme invites you to consider how we, as educators, practitioners and scholars, need to challenge our assumptions—about our students, classrooms, disciplines, creative practices, institutional policies and ourselves.

Reflecting on our assumptions and perspectives will deepen our understanding of the multi-faceted and diverse histories and backgrounds of our learners, colleagues and institutional policies and practices. We will also engage in discussion and activities grounded in the principles of inclusive teaching and Universal Design for Learning, an approach to teaching and learning that values reflection and embeds equity, diversity and accessibility into our practices.

This year’s expo kicks off with a pre-conference workshop on Anti-Ableism and Universal Design by Dr. Jay Dolmage, Professor and Associate Chair of English at the University of Waterloo and Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. There will be two offerings of the workshop the day before the expo, Thursday, January 16th.


Thursday, January 16th: Pre-conference workshop

9:30 am – 12:30 pm   Anti-Ableism and Universal Design workshop
                                   Dr. Jay Dolmage, Professor and Associate Chair of English, University of Waterloo
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm*  *morning and afternoon sessions are same

Friday, January 17th: Teaching Expo

9:30 am - 10:00 am    Welcome and Remarks, Dr. Caroline Langill, Vice-President, Academic and Provost

10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Morning Sessions

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm    Lunch (complimentary)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm      Keynote: The Inclusion-Imaginary & The Promise of Disability
                                   Dr. Tanya Titchkosky, Professor, Disability Studies, Social Justice Education, OISE, U of T

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm      Afternoon Sessions

Attendees are welcome to attend any number of sessions throughout the day.

All sessions, except the keynote, will be held in 113 McCaul, Level 5. The keynote will be in the main auditorium (Rm 190) at 100 McCaul.


For more information: https://www.ocadu.ca/services/faculty-curriculum-development-centre/ocad-u-2020-teaching-expo.htm 

If you require any accommodations, please contact the FCDC at fcdc@ocadu.ca or call 416-977-6000 x 2660.

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100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul St, Level 5
OCAD U 2020 Teaching Expo poster

Whose Art Counts?

Whose Art Counts? event poster
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Whose Art Counts
Moderated by Emily Norry

Whose Art Counts is a night of presentation and discussion to consider who is and is not included in art and art history. Our speakers will take varied approaches to the subject consider what art is left out of our mainstream culture and what problems do these artists face. Together we will question the cultural canon and broaden ideas of whose art has value.

This event is fully wheelchair accessible.


  1. Pamila Matharu - Worlding the Art World
  2. Ojo Agi - African Art and the Politics of Authenticity
  3. Ryan Rice - Whose Art Matters
  4. Rei Misiri- Re-Rooting Urban Arts culture: Why We Must Give Exposure to Hip Hop's True Reputable Face

Artist Bios:

Pamila Matharu
Pamila Matharu is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, and cultural producer. Her practice engages a close reading of the ‘other’ experience; examining issues of identity and representation through socially-engaged art, critical / feminist pedagogy and the minutiae of the everyday. Installation artworks are the result of combined strategies through collage, analogue + new media, printed matter and social practice. She received her BA in Visual Arts and her Bachelor of Education in Fine Arts Education, from York University (Toronto), has exhibited and screened her work, locally, nationally and internationally.

Ojo Agi
Ojo Agi is a Nigerian-Canadian self-taught artist living and working in the GTA. Ojo studied Health Sciences and Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa and is currently taking Continuing Studies courses with OCADU. She studied anti-racist feminisms throughout her undergraduate degree and has a deep interest in applying a social critical lens to contemporary art. For more of her work visit ojoagi.com.

Ryan Rice
Ryan Rice, a Mohawk of Kahnawake, Quebec received a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts. He has worked for the past 18 years within the museum/art gallery milieu at various centers including the Iroquois Indian Museum, Indian Art Centre, Carleton University Art Gallery and the Walter Phillips Art Gallery. Rice was also a co-founder and former director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. His exhibitions include ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land, Oh So Iroquois, Scout’s Honour, LORE, Hochelaga Revisited, ALTERNATION, Soul Sister: Re-imagining Kateri Tekakwitha and Counting Coup. In August 2014, Rice was appointed the Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University.

Rei Misiri
Rei Misiri is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist and designer migrated from Tirana, Albania. Since 2006, he has been consistently involved in community related urban art projects. As an urban arts youth educator and performer, Rei has had the privilege to spread the discipline of urban arts and dance across Ontario. Moreover, he has extensively worked along leading Canadian urban arts organizations such as Unity Charity, Toronto Crime Stoppers, and The Patch project. Since 2010, he has hosted and curated over 15 integrated urban arts events - providing youth opportunities to preform and compete along some of the world’s highest ranking urban dancers, artists, and DJ’s. Upon graduating from OCAD University with a major in fine arts and a minor in graphic design, Rei plans to pursue a masters in visual arts to further merge urban arts into academia and other professional fields.

This event is funded by the OCAD U $1,500 Big Ideas Fund. The fund is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives and made possible with generous support from OPSEU Local 576 Unit 1. 


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University The Lambert Lounge - rm. 187, 100 McCaul Street
416.977.6000 ext.3840
Free public event
Whose Art Counts? event poster


What makes Thorncliffe Park a ‘magnet’ to new Canadians? What defines it as a ‘welcoming community’? Based on indicators provided by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the research intends to evaluate whether or not an urban neighbourhood is a welcoming community. The community of Thorncliffe Park was chosen as the case study for this project. Thorncliffe Park is an inner suburban neighbourhood in the City of Toronto and is one of the City;s most multicultural neighbourhoods. A review of the literature related to this topic indicates a lack of an empirical evaluation of a welcoming community.


WATCH: WELCOMING COMMUNITIES from job rutgers on Vimeo.

Bird's view satellite image of a Toronto neighbourhood with overlaid text reading: What makes Thorncliff Park a Welcoming Community?"
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 6:45pm

Visible Campus

We are creating a visible, tangible presence for OCAD U’s research themes visible across OCAD U’s campus. We aim to make OCAD U’s innovation culture inviting and accessible ‘outside the lab’ through innovative, site-specific communication strategies. OCAD U has facilities spread around McCaul Street, Dundas Street and Richmond Avenue. The newly established Richmond Street campus lack OCAD U identity in comparison to the more established buildings and spaces on McCaul Street, including Will Alsop’s landmark Sharp Centre for Design at 100 McCaul Street

Photograph of clay slabs with round, red, white and blue impressions.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 6:30pm


Singapore Polytechnic invited the Ambient Experience Lab at OCADU to develop a process for the design and development of learning spaces. Singapore Polytechnic, a leader in the field of 'design thinking' recognized that in order to fully deploy its design thinking pedagogy it also needed to innovate in the spaces that help deliver that pedagogy. Working with students, faculty, architectural staff and the pedagogy department, within five weeks a process was developed, piloted, tested and a first project was delivered.

WATCH: Ambient Experience Singapore Polytechnic from Job Rutgers on Vimeo.

Abstract blue shapes with overlaid text reading: Transforming Learning Environments Singapore Polytechnic
Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 6:30pm

OCAD U changes the AD game

Ann Urban Applied Arts article
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 11:45am

Advertising Associate Professor Ann Urban was asked to submit an article about design education and she specifically mentioned the OCAD U ad program to the Applied Arts magazine on the occasion of their 30th anniversary. Applied Arts magazine is a high profile National magazine—and one of the major publications for Canadian advertising.

It's not yet on line as it's just out in print but will be shortly

The Toronto Star also called Ann for a sound bite about buzzwords in marketing, spedifically the buzzword "glow".  :  http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2016/02/17/investigating-the-popularity-of-the-word-glow.html

What artists and designers need to know about social media

Rachel Clarke, a fouth-year Industrial Design student at OCAD U, talks about what artists and designers need to know about social media.

Rachel Clarke
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Associate Professors Sandy Kedey & Ann Urban speak at the RGD Design Educators Conference

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 5:00am

Associate Professors Sandy Kedey & Ann Urban (Advertising Faculty) recently spoke a the RGD Design Educators Conference 2015
Submission: Category: “Transmission”



Perception versus reality: Qualitative research exploring the intersections between design education and an evolving industry
As design educators and professional practitioners ourselves, we understand the challenges surrounding the subjects of currency, relevancy and authenticity in design education today.
Technology and workforce demands have impacted not just the classroom but the boardroom, and both sides are scrambling to understand and address the ever-changing implications.
We surveyed 100 students, graduates—and the CD’s, CEO’s and clients who employ them, to gain a better understand of the expectations and needs of all stakeholders in this shifting landscape.
Comparing and contrasting the conflicting voices of the stakeholders has proven to be a study in opposites: opposite needs, opposite expectations, including:
• Entitlement vs. reward for accomplishment
• Creative indulgence vs. professional discipline
• The need for on-going input vs. the need to work independently
• Confidence/ego vs. collaboration
• Portfolio vs. personality
• Internships vs. job security
• Realistic vs. idealistic expectations around salaries, work-life balance, starter jobs and how the industry works.
Applying this research to the new advertising stream at OCAD University has resulted in a more collaborative teaching model bringing clients and “real world” perspectives, projects and feedback, right into the classroom.
Were we successful? Student participants anonymously graded the course value and learning as 100% across all key measures.
We are at an intersection where both industry and academia are simultaneously working along parallel paths to address change. What better time to gain a deeper understanding of the changing landscape and us this as a catalyst to re-evaluate how we teach and inspire new techniques?

Minister to launch newest university in Ontario as part of important back-to-school campaign

Friday, September 3, 2010 - 4:00am

Veteran MPP to head up 135th anniversary efforts for 2011/2012

(Toronto — September 3, 2010) The Ontario government will officiate the launch of its newest university at a special ceremony next Thursday.

John Milloy, Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, will announce the long awaited plan of university status for OCAD University on September 9 at 4 p.m. at the Welcome Back Corn Roast on the campus at 100 McCaul St.

OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond and Board of Governors Chair Robert Montgomery will be joined by the minister and OCAD alumnus Monte Kwinter, MPP (York Centre) in a celebration at the start of the school year. The celebration will formally confirm OCAD University’s new status. The original institution was founded in 1876 and received its first provincial funding in 1912.

OCADU will be making a highly anticipated announcement about the design firm that will work with the university to develop a new graphic identity reflecting the new name and status. The new identity will reflect OCADU’s continued role as a leader in art and design education, research, sustainability and digital culture.

“This is a momentous occasion for us,” said Dr. Diamond. “September represents the beginning of a new era for our community. We look forward to honouring the contributions of OCADU’s supporters, the beginning of a new year for our students and the evolution of our institution.”

Mr. Kwinter will be named head of OCAD University's 135th Anniversary Committee. The year-long celebration will take place in 2011/2012 starting in the autumn. Mr. Kwinter graduated from the institution in Industrial Design in 1954. He is seen as a strong spokesperson as he has long advocated for university status for OCADU.

"I am delighted to be here with Mr. Kwinter, who has done so much to see OCADU finally get the recognition they deserve," said Minister Milloy.

Minister Milloy, Dr. Diamond, Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Kwinter and representatives of the design firm (to be announced) will be available for interviews.

DATE: Thursday, September 9, 2010
TIME: Welcome Back Corn Roast with Remarks: 4 p.m.
PLACE: OCAD University’s Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information, contact:

Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs
416-484-1132, Matt McNama, Ext. 4 and Kaitlynn Dodge, Ext. 5

OCAD University:
Steve Virtue, Director, Marketing & Communications, OCAD University
416-977-6000 Ext. 222

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)