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.

113 McCaul Street, Level 5
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100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

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


Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 4:45pm to Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 11:45pm

OCAD U Teaching Expo



Organized annually by the Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, the OCAD U Teaching Expo is an opportunity for all who teach or support learning in the OCAD U community to gather and share practices, ask questions, build relationships and collaborate with fellow educators. This peer-reviewed, full-day event is dedicated to reflecting upon our teaching and learning practices through workshops, presentations, facilitated discussions and demonstrations of class activities.

The Teaching Expo will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at OCAD University. This year, we are pleased to feature invited speaker Dr. Tanya Titchkosky, Professor in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

The theme of this year’s Teaching Expo 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. Do we sometimes assume that all our colleagues share the same background knowledge, or all our students bring the same key skills or a shared understanding of classroom culture to their studies? How do we commit, as a university, to be “student-ready”? 

Reflecting on these 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. Join colleagues from across the university in a critical dialogue that seeks to challenge our assumptions as educators and share new perspectives and strategies for inclusive teaching. We will also engage in discussion and activities grounded in the principles of Universal Design for Learning, an approach to teaching and learning that values reflection and embeds equity, diversity and accessibility into our practices. 

Proposal submissions are welcome from all faculty and staff who support teaching and learning at OCAD U. When preparing proposal submissions, we invite you to consider such questions as: 

  • What assumptions underpin our work as educators in an art and design educational context? What is the impact of these assumptions? 
  • What are some of the challenges we have in our classroom/studio/office around accessibility, equity and inclusion? 
  • What are some of the unique strategies, approaches or theories that inform our inclusive teaching practices?
  • How does our research and/or practice drive our perspectives on disability, oppression, social justice, Indigenous learning and decolonization in higher education? 
  • How do we engage with students/colleagues? What strategies do we use to actively listen and collaborate with others? 
  • What means/formats do we use to present new information? How do we plan for different learning preferences, languages, age, culture, abilities and experiences? How do we work across these differences to foster creativity and innovation? 
  • How do we encourage our learners to show their knowledge in multiple ways?  

TYPES OF SESSIONS (30 or 60 minutes each):  

Mini-lesson: Facilitate a hands-on activity where participants will become your actual students and will share their reflections from that perspective. 

Teaching or educational research presentation: Present a successful project or assignment that you have developed for your students and initiate a reflective dialogue with your peers, or share with your peers a completed or in-progress educational research project.

Faculty/staff/student panel: Bring together a panel of faculty, staff and/or students to discuss any aspect of teaching and learning at OCAD U. If you are interested in this option but do not have a panel, please let us know.

Roundtable: Lead an informal discussion with colleagues about a specific issue concerning teaching and learning, share strategies, brainstorm ideas and collaborate with peers.


Submit a brief proposal by e-mail to fcdc@ocadu.ca (with subject line: Teaching Expo Proposal) by the extended deadline date: November 26, 2019

Please include the following information: 

  • Presenter's name
  • Title of session
  • Type of session: (1) mini-lesson, (2) teaching or educational research presentation, (3) faculty/staff/student panel, (4) roundtable
  • Duration of session (i.e. 30 or 60 minutes)
  • Brief description (150 – 250 words)
  • Learning outcomes (40-word limit)
  • Strategy to actively engage participants during the session (i.e. group discussion, think-pair-share)
  • Supplies you will use (i.e. AV, flip chart paper, sticky notes, markers, pens, etc.)

Session proposals will be reviewed by a Teaching Expo Program Committee, composed of faculty and academic staff, and responses will be sent to applicants by December 16th, 2019. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mariela Giuliano, Education Developer, FCDC: mgiuliano@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University

OCAD U's Teaching Exhibition

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

The fourth annual OCAD U Teaching Exhibition will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2017. This one-day exhibition explores key issues in art and design higher education. Sessions are facilitated by faculty, for faculty and participants will have opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary discussions with colleagues from across the institution.  

The theme of this year’s exhibition is Creative Education: a curated collection of works that visualize, investigate or analyze teaching practice, while provoking reflection on the process of teaching at OCAD University.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, 113 McCaul St, 5th Floor rms. 510A & 512
Teaching Exhibition Logo

Faculty Appreciation Event

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:30pm

The Office of the Vice-President, Academic invites all Faculty to a special reception in honour of the many accomplishments of OCAD Faculty. The program will also include the
announcement of the recipient of the
Price Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Please remember to BYOM – Bring Your Own Mug (or glass) to reduce the event’s environmental footprint.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Info Session --Teaching at Aboriginal Literacy Camp

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Learn about Frontier Colleges' Summer Literacy programs in northern Ontario and how you as an OCAD student can participate. Meet two students who participated in 2007.
A challenging and life-changing teaching experience can be yours this summer (June 24 to August 27, 2008, as a Camp Counsellor. Literacy is a fundamental right and helps empower people to make changes in their lives through non-formal learning. If you agree and have the right stuff ' the 'resilience and creativity in engaging the community, and involving community members in the camp curriculum' ' then you and the people at Frontier College need to connect.

You will be working in remote areas, living in camps which 'aim to promote a love of reading and learning while strengthening the English literacy skills of children and youth (between the ages of 6 and 15) living in isolated and/or fly-in-only First Nations communities in Northern Ontario.'

OCAD is partnering with Frontier College, and will be developing an Arts and Crafts component to the summer reading camp program.

Venue & Address: 
Student Centre Lobby 51 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Faculty recognized for excellence in teaching

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

At the Faculty Appreciation Event on Thursday, April 28, six faculty members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the student learning experience at OCAD University.

The Price Award, in memory of Mamie and J.H. Price, and the Non-Tenured Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. This year’s recipients are:

  • Emma Westecott, assistant professor and director of the game:play lab
  • Suzanne Stein, associate professor and director of the Super Ordinary Lab

Non-Tenured Award:

  • Sambhavi Chandrashekar, Inclusive Design

The Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre’s Inspired Teaching Awards were given to three faculty members:

  • Teaching Assistant: Tatjana Petkovic, Graphic Design
  • Excellence in Teaching First-Year Students: Mary Porter, Faculty of Art
  • Leadership to Advance Teaching: Colleen Reid, Associate Dean, Faculty of Design

The candidates were nominated by students, colleagues and supervisors on the strength of their dedication and passion for teaching and student learning.



Nominate Your Prof for a Teaching Award at OCAD U!

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 2:00pm to Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:00pm

Dear Students,

Now is the time to nominate your favourite prof for a teaching award at OCAD University!

Join your fellow students in acknowledging the dedicated work of our finest faculty – the ones who have made a difference in your education. Nominations are now open for the 2016 Teaching Excellence Awards and will be received until the deadline of February 29, 2016.

Nominate your prof now by clicking the link below:


The results will be announced on the OCAD University website in April, 2016, and the winners will be invited to be recognized at the University’s Convocation Ceremony on June 10, 2016.



"Creating Connections, Building Community"

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Friday, January 15, 2016

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Level 5, 113 McCaul St.


The Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre is hosting the 3rd Annual Teaching Expo on Friday, January 15, 2016. The purpose of the half-day event is to share advice and connections among OCAD University's teaching community. 

Listen and share with your colleagues how to re-imagine ways to assess and critique students; hear how one chair managers her "work-work-work" balance; and consider how faculty across the university approach the teaching of colour, just to name a few of the topics to be covered. 

 For more information, visit the FCDC's web site, which includes a full schedule, as well as the presentation topics.

Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul Street, 5th Floor (Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre)

OCAD University faculty members recognized for teaching excellence

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University is filled with outstanding instructors, and each year we honour the best of the best with teaching awards. The winners of OCAD U’s 2015 teaching awards were announced on April 15:

  • Sandra Kedey will receive the Price Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes the contributions of full-time faculty members.
  • Mark Tholen will receive the Non-Tenured Faculty Award, which each year is given to contractually-limited term appointment, sessional and continuing faculty for excellence in teaching.

Kedey and Tholen’s exceptional teaching contributions were recognized by anonymous nominations submitted by people from across the university, including students, fellow faculty, alumni and administrators.

A faculty member in OCAD U’s Advertising program (and a university alumna), Kedey is also a senior creative marketing executive at SLK Communications, where she specializes in strategic brand development. Tholen teaches in the Environmental Design program. In addition, he is the president of (and partner in) TYYZ, an award-winning architectural and design firm.

Teaching at OCAD U: A One-day Workshop

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:00pm to 8:45pm

Registration open to instructional staff at OCAD U

The teaching faculty of OCAD University includes a rich diversity of talent and experience. Many faculty members are practicing professionals in the community at large and lend their expertise to OCAD U by teaching occasional courses. This one-day workshop is intended to give teaching faculty an intensive introduction to the practice of post-secondary teaching and OCAD U, providing practical strategies and guidance for teaching and learning success.

While intended for sessional faculty and faculty new to OCAD U, the session will be useful for those with either little or considerable teaching experience. The sessions will cover issues such as teaching students with diverse learning needs, using technology-enabled learning strategies, designing and implementing effective assessments and using active learning techniques in the lecture, seminar and studio.

9:00 – 9:15 Coffee and snacks

9:15 – 9:30 Welcome address, Carol Roderick, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre

9:30 – 10:45 Planning your Course: From Course Outline to First Day

11:00 – 12:15 Technology-Enabled Learning

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 How to Thrive at OCAD U: featuring experienced Undergraduate and Graduate faculty members from across the university

2:45 – 4:00 Teaching Today’s Students, Deanne Fisher, Associate Vice-President, Students

4:00 – 4:45 Wine and cheese reception

Registration required

Venue & Address: 
Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, 5th floor 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario