By Mia Sanders, Innovation Hub Storyteller
I joined the Innovation Hub a year ago because I care deeply about improving the student experience at UofT. As a second-year undergrad student, I’ve encountered first-hand the ups and downs of being enmeshed in an educational institution, especially one as vast as ours. The work of the Innovation Hub is important and exciting to me because it brings together individuals from all across the university to effect sustained change in students’ lives—including my own.
The Innovation Hub delivers customized insights to partners in the university community who have a question, challenge or project that centres around their work with students. Our research draws from design thinking and ethnographic methodologies, and is conducted with students, by students. By bringing in student perspectives early on in the process, the Innovation Hub can help you design with (and not just for) students in order to better meet their needs.
To date, the Innovation Hub has collaborated with partners such as Academic + Campus Events, the Centre for International Experience, First Nations House and UofT’s Trademark & Licensing Office. Now, we’re excited to open up submissions to any UofT division, department or student organization looking to explore a question or challenge that reflects the themes of one of our five domains.
If you feel like your project could benefit from new insights into student perspectives, we invite you to review the proposal guidelines and submit your project idea. At no cost, we’ll assemble a team of student experts to build on your existing resources and give you support by creating a research strategy, collecting and analyzing data, generating insights based on the data, providing design criteria based on the insights and working with your team to develop ideas and prototypes.
Learn more/submit here!