By early 2017, the Innovation Hub’s research survey of the U of T student experience was complete. We used this research to come up with 25 innovative ideas designed to create a better student experience. Of these 25, the following five ideas emerged as the most promising:
- Chill Spots
- U of T Concierge
- Neighbourhood Communities
- Future Readiness Course
- Student-Faculty Exploration Cafe
On June 16th we continued our learning with a focus on learning how innovative methodologies from a wide variety of industries might be applied to the student experience at U of T. Speakers included many of our own faculty/staff from some of the most innovative areas of U of T and colleagues from the community who are doing some great work in this space. You can check out our Google Drive folder for more details about the Day of Learning and a collection of some of the presentations. We wrapped up the day with a very human-centred debrief time on the Cumberland House Lawn.
We launched the Innovation Hub on May 16th at Chestnut. This was a great day where we over 260 students, staff and faculty gathered to explore the mindset of innovation and discuss how we can bring innovation to the student experience at University of Toronto. our AVP of Student Life, Lucy Fromowitz, reminded us that our role is to “hold the door open” for students. She shared about the incredible innovation that is already happening across the University and encouraged us to explore ways to deepen our collaborations to explore how “when we work together the sum is much greater than the individual parts”.