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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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Daniel Strutt

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Dan Strutt is the Director of eLearning Consortium Canada, a consortium of independent schools across the country who collaborate on projects and initiatives in the areas of blended and elearning, sharing professional development and innovation, and offering online courses to each other’s students. 

 Dan has been involved in online learning in Ontario for fifteen years as a teacher, content developer, instructional designer and administrator. He currently also lectures at OISE and works with Western University providing alternative field experience to teacher candidates in the area of online learning.

 Dan’s passion is equality of access to education. Before moving to Canada, Dan taught in England and Spain, and trained teachers through international development agencies in Zambia and Namibia. He sees online learning as a way to provide access to education to students who might otherwise not receive it. He has worked with programs providing education to first nations communities, children with cancer and remote schools in Africa.

 He sees the Teaching and Learning through eLearning AQ course as a vital tool in improving the quality of online learning in the province. Our greatest responsibility as teachers is to create lifelong learners. As our students move from elementary school through high school, post-secondary education and into the workplace, more and more of their learning will happen online. If we want those students to love lifelong learning, they need to love online learning. For that to happen, we must put time, effort and passion into building engaging, positive and supportive online learning experiences for students now. That starts with this AQ course.