Spotlight: Trademark Licensing Data Analysis

By Rachel Davis, Design Research Team Lead (Trademark Licensing)

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Do UofT students feel a sense of pride, and if so, how do they express it? That is the focus of investigation for the 2018-2019 Trademark Licensing project team.  UofT’s Trademark Licensing office is partnering with the Innovation Hub to explore how student narratives regarding institutional pride can lead to positive engagement with University of Toronto brands.

Before we began collecting data, we did some exercises to get our initial thoughts about the problem and solution on paper. Making our assumptions explicit was a crucial step for us, since we fall into the same demographics as the students we planned to research. We wanted to ensure we to mitigate the risk of subconsciously relying on our own experiences to answer this question. Continue reading “Spotlight: Trademark Licensing Data Analysis”

What Makes a Classroom Great? Join us and share your thoughts!

Photo of JuliaBy Julia Smeed, Innovation Projects Officer

The Transforming the Instructional Landscape team is pleased to invite students, staff and faculty to participate in our upcoming What Makes a Classroom Great? event.  Join us to explore different learning environments, imagine classroom possibilities and play with classroom furniture options.  Come and tell us what you think and we’ll have free pizza as our way of thanking you for your participation. Continue reading “What Makes a Classroom Great? Join us and share your thoughts!”

Improving Convocation Hall: Crescent Leadership Students and the Innovation Hub

By James Conlin, Crescent Leadership Student

This past fall, I participated in Crescent School’s Grade 11 Leadership course and I had the chance to work with University of Toronto’s Innovation Hub. The course tasked students with applying design thinking processes to solve a problem for a community partner. Of all the potential community partners, the Innovation Hub spoke to me the most, as I am a strong advocate in improving the lives of students. Luckily, I was gifted my first choice, along with three other students. Continue reading “Improving Convocation Hall: Crescent Leadership Students and the Innovation Hub”

Great Classrooms on Campus: Listening to Students and Faculty

By Kate Bowers, Senior Project Assistant & Nick Feinig, Senior Research Assistant

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Many factors contribute to an ideal learning environment on campus, and the Transforming the Instructional Landscape (TIL) team lead by Academic and Campus Events (ACE) is working hard to understand deeply how student and faculty needs can be incorporated into classroom design.  In fact, over the past two weeks, the TIL team has run a series of events to ask students and faculty, “what makes a classroom great?”  From movable furniture to screen-sharing capabilities for students, newly created classrooms on campus enable a shift in both how students think about learning and how faculty think about teaching. Continue reading “Great Classrooms on Campus: Listening to Students and Faculty”

Spotlight: New College Dining Hall Research Update

By The New College Dining Hall Research Team

In the summer of 2018, The University of Toronto Food Services reached out to the Innovation Hub to help gather insights about students’ eating experiences on campus. They were in the initial stages of redesigning the Audrey Taylor Dining Hall at New College and were looking to get a better sense of how the physical space, social environment, meal plans, and food options could better meet students’ needs. Continue reading “Spotlight: New College Dining Hall Research Update”

Recruitment: Multi-Faith Centre Research Project

By Joey Youssef (Team Lead) & the Multi-Faith Centre Research Team

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Do you value faith, spirituality, and making meaning in your everyday life?

The Innovation Hub is recruiting volunteers to aid in a project aimed at exploring these topics, and how students can be better supported in their religious, spiritual, or self-reflective practices. The Multi-Faith Centre (MFC) and the Innovation Hub at U of T will be working together this 2018-2019 academic year to explore how students currently make use of the MFC’s existing facilities and services, and how the MFC can cater to the needs of U of T’s diverse student body — including those who do not necessarily prescribe to a particular religious group or faith. Continue reading “Recruitment: Multi-Faith Centre Research Project”

Spotlight: Family Care Office Research Update

By Shirin Gerami, Design Research Team Lead (Family Care Office)

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The Family Care research project is born out of a partnership between the Innovation Hub and the Family Care Office at the University of Toronto. The overall aim of this project is to answer the question “what are the experiences of students with family responsibilities, and particularly student parents, at the University of Toronto?” Continue reading “Spotlight: Family Care Office Research Update”

Happening This Week: What Makes a Classroom Great?

By Suzie Kim, Communications Team

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Join us this week to shape your future classroom! As part of Academic and Campus Event’s Transforming the Instructional Landscape project, the Innovation Hub is bringing the design process into the U of T community.  Join us in the Bahen Atrium and Med-Sci Lobby so we can ask you: what makes a classroom great?  Continue reading “Happening This Week: What Makes a Classroom Great?”