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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 university has a long history of offering experiential learning and work-integrated learning to its students, both within Faculties and as co-curricular or extra-curricular opportunities. At Ontario Tech, we define experiential learning as the strategic, active engagement of students in opportunities to learn by doing and reflecting on those activities, which empowers them to apply their theoretical knowledge and creativity to real-world challenges, including those in workplace and volunteer settings.

We believe that well-planned, supervised and assessed experiential learning activities enrich student learning and promote intellectual development, interdisciplinary thinking, social engagement, cultural awareness, teamwork, and other communication and professional skills.

Experiential learning includes:

  • Industry or community agency-sponsored research projects
  • Interactive simulations (e.g., healthcare settings)
  • Capstone projects
  • On-campus work
  • Teaching labs
  • Performance-based learning (e.g., recitals)
  • Work-Integrated learning

Work-integrated learning is a model and process of curricular experiential education which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies within a workplace or practice setting. 

Work-integrated learning includes:

  • Co-ops
  • Internships
  • Campus incubators
  • Practicums
  • Clinical placements
  • Field experience
  • Applied research projects
  • Service learning
  • Apprenticeship