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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Knowledge Café

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We have a great talent across our institution and we all have something to learn from one another. The knowledge Café is a forum to allow us to gather, learn from each other, and discuss topics relevant to us all with impacts across work and life. The Knowledge Café sessions provide and open, relaxed and collaborative learning environment that encourages a solid work culture of knowledge sharing and learning, teamwork and cooperation.

Note:

  • Sign up periods are in September and January
    • We will notify you in the Weekly Report when each signup period opens. 

Knowledge Café Sessions and Events

  • Facilitate a session

    Email hrtraining@ontariotechu.ca with "Knowledge Café" in the subject line 

    Include in the following:

    1. A sentence or two that describes the session overall
    2. What we will learn
    3. Facilitator Name, contact info

September 2020

  • Everything Google
    • Company: Ontario Tech University IT
    • Facilitator: Ron Robertson and Bevin Moolenschot
    • Duration: 9am-12pm
    • Date: September 29, 2020

    This Google Workshop presentation will share and demonstrate the findings of implementing sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective collaboration solutions that meet the diverse needs of a fast-paced and ever-changing university landscape.

    Key challenges with the university community include user adoption and unclear business requirements. To overcome these challenges a well-designed process was created to help frame requirements and understand end state goals for each department and faculty. We use cloud-based technology and in-house tools to provide more opportunities for collaboration across the university community.

    • Learn how Ontario Tech leverages cloud applications like G Suite for Education to deliver value add collaboration capability.
    • Leverage Google Meet to deliver online lectures to classes with up to 250 students or to connect with your teams.
    • Learn how to store, share, and collaborate files and folders from any mobile device, tablet or computer using Google Drive.
    • Learn about Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.

    register


October 2020

  • Records Management
    • Company: Office of the University Secretariat & General Counsel
    • Facilitator: Niall O'Halloran
    • Duration: 9am-12pm
    • Date: October 6, 2020

    Everyone at the university has a role to play in records management because we all create and use records every day. When you think of records you may think of files or boxes full of paper, but records management applies to information created or stored digitally, too. That includes documents, spreadsheets, email and databases. The goal of records management is to make sure that when we need records to do our jobs or comply with laws, we still have them and can find them easily.

    The Office of the University Secretary and General Counsel provides advice and training to make sure that records are kept as long as necessary and no longer.

    Join us to learn about:

    • The Records Classification and Retention Schedule (RCRS) is the main tool.
    • What office is responsible for each type of record
    • Who authorizes the retention period
    • What laws or policies affect records
    • How long to keep records
    • Where and how to store records
    • The process to dispose of records

    register


December 2020

  • Google Meet - Google Calendar
    • Company: Ontario Tech University
    • Facilitator: Ron Robertson and Bevin Moolenschot
    • Duration: 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
    • Date: December 1. 2020

    This Google Workshop presentation will explore Google Meet and Google Calendar in depth and provide recommendations to integrate with your Outlook Calendar.

    register
  • Ergonomics at Home
    • Company: Human Resources (OTU)
    • Facilitator: Maureen Calhoun
    • Duration: 10am-12pm
    • Date: December 8, 2020

    Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are commonly referred to as repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) or repetitive motion injuries (RMIs). These types of injuries are associated with risk factors involving work postures, repetitive and forceful movements, vibrations and temperatures. However, these injuries can be prevented.

    Ergonomics is the science of applying designed equipment to the workplace or task to maximize the productivity of the worker, or fitting the work environment to the worker.

    Join us for tips, tricks, and best practices for working remotely.

    register


February 2021

  • Business Analysis
    • Company: Ontario Tech University IT
    • Facilitator: Ade Oyemade, Dana Reeson
    • Duration: 9am - 12pm
    • Date: February 2, 2021
    register
  • Mach Forms
    • Company: Ontario Tech University HR
    • Facilitator: Kyle Warner
    • Duration: 10am - 12pm
    • Date: February 23. 2021

    Machform is an online application used to create standard forms that do not involve online payment (e.g. event registration forms and surveys). Features of Machform include:

    • Admin log-in area to view and download submissions in a spreadsheet format automatic response.
    • Automatic scheduling and submission limits.
    • Conditional logic (e.g. to show or hide fields depending on a previous response).
    • File upload.
    • Multi-page forms.
    • Options for saving progress and continuing later.
    • Submission notifications.

    This session will provide an overview of how to use the form editing application.

    Learn how to:

    • create and edit forms
    • manage forms in the Form Manager
      • add conditional logic to form fields (show or hide fields)
      • embed forms on web pages
      • manually enable or disable forms
      • notifications
      • view and download entries

    register


March 2021

  • Google My Drive - Shared Drives - Docs and Sheets
    • Company: Ontario Tech University IT
    • Facilitator: Ron Robertson and Bevin Moolenschot
    • Duration: 10am-12pm
    • Date: March 30, 2021

    This Google Workshop presentation will explore:

    • My Drive,
    • how to share drives and
    • how to use docs and sheets.
    register

April 2021

  • Everything Google
    • Company: Ontario Tech University IT
    • Facilitator: Ron Robertson and Bevin Moolenschot
    • Duration: 9am-12pm
    • Date: April 27, 2021

    This Google Workshop presentation will share and demonstrate the findings of implementing sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective collaboration solutions that meet the diverse needs of a fast-paced and ever-changing university landscape.

    Key challenges with the university community include user adoption and unclear business requirements. To overcome these challenges a well-designed process was created to help frame requirements and understand end state goals for each department and faculty. We use cloud-based technology and in-house tools to provide more opportunities for collaboration across the university community.

    • Learn how Ontario Tech leverages cloud applications like G Suite for Education to deliver value add collaboration capability.
    • Leverage Google Meet to deliver online lectures to classes with up to 250 students or to connect with your teams.
    • Learn how to store, share, and collaborate files and folders from any mobile device, tablet or computer using Google Drive.
    • Learn about Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.