Welcome to the Office of Teaching and Learning

A message from the Director

Head shot of Martin WilliamsThe Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) supports the University’s pedagogical mission and provides expertise to sustain a focus on the complex educational landscape that our faculty, instructors and learners experience. An important part of our mandate is supporting instructors in their development as expert teachers and facilitating and supporting a community of practice in which dedicated teachers interact, learn and support each other. We offer an extensive range of programming and collaborate and partner with individual faculty, academic departments, academic support units and the broader community to enrich and innovate teaching with the goal of creating an educational environment where students are academically challenged, actively engaged, and personally supported.

Our vision: 'Innovating teaching, transforming learning'

is guided by the university’s Teaching and Learning Plan and strives to engage with Colleges, departments, faculty and teaching assistants to enhance teaching practices; align learning and assessments; utilize high impact learning practices; and design meaningful and inclusive curriculum.

I invite you to visit us, and to return to this website regularly as we will be enriching it with resources for you on an ongoing basis.

Warm regards,


The Office of Teaching and Learning Mission:

The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is the leader in championing the University of Guelph’s pedagogical mission. We provide expertise in, and passionately advocate for, innovative and evidence-informed pedagogical approaches to build, maintain, and promote collaborative successes for our learners and campus community. We mobilize data, research, and relationships to inform best practices in the following strategic areas:

  1. Design and Alignment

We promote the intentional design of teaching, learning, and curriculum through constructive alignment and universal design principles. Starting with outcomes, we collaborate in the design and alignment of high-impact, inclusive educational experiences from lesson plans, through courses, to whole programs.

  1. Pedagogy and Practice

We partner with instructors at all career stages and in all capacities to enhance and expand their instructional approaches. Through our programming and consultations, we incorporate reflective practice, advocate for learner-centred instructional development, and encourage risk taking and new approaches in the classroom.

  1. Assessment and Evaluation

We guide instructors, departments, and Colleges in the process of systematically collecting and reviewing evidence of student learning to promote pedagogies that enhance learning and inform innovations. We partner in curricular analysis, assessment, and evaluation of effective design of courses and programs.

  1. Research and Inquiry

We research, fund, and collaborate on scholarship that informs and enhances learning experiences, teaching practices, and educational development within and across the disciplines. By examining and reflecting on the intended, achieved, and perceived outcomes of student learning, we ignite curiosity to elevate educational experiences on campus and advance the field of teaching and learning in higher education.

  1. Leadership and Innovation

We contribute our expertise as educational leaders to transformative and innovative teaching and learning initiatives at the local, provincial, national, and international levels.We recognize and celebrate teaching champions, and we create opportunities for developing educational leadership. Collaboratively, we explore creative approaches to innovate materials, activities, assessments, and research.