Our current projects
We work with partners at UofT to improve campus life for their students. For each project, we collect student narratives through interviews and activities, and we turn that data into insights and recommendations. Our current work includes:
Classroom Accommodations – Through a Student and Instructor Lens
Students are increasingly seeking Accessibility Services in order to be supported in their learning needs and accommodations with coursework. Part of this process of seeking support is arranged between instructors and students, which can be complex given the diversity of student and instructors needs. Through consultation and in partnership with Accessibility Services, we seek a better understanding of the experiences of the accommodation process between instructors and students. The findings will be shared towards enhancing universal design of learning at the University.
This year, the Redefining Traditional team is continuing their virtual community for student –parents that has been inspired and innovated through partnerships with University of Toronto Libraries, School of Graduate Studies, Family Care Office, Student Family Housing, Sport and Rec, and more. This is a community where student-parents can work together and consider how we can redefine traditional in higher education. The team will work to provide an accessible website, resources and opportunities to connect and engage through a Facebook Group.
Rotman Commerce provides a rigorous and rewarding program to many students at UofT, and aspires to provide an innovative and inclusive experience in academic engagement as well as in extracurricular, community, leadership and personal development programming. In order to gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the current student experience and how it can be strengthened to support the vision, the Innovation Hub will conduct a series of student-led feedback sessions to help Rotman Commerce better understand student experiences and needs.
Stepped Care 2.0 Co-Design Project
The Innovation Hub has partnered with Health and Wellness to support the transformation and delivery of mental health supports and services at St. George campus. As part of this new project, the Innovation Hub will develop and facilitate a series of brainstorming sessions with students to better understand their needs and inform messaging, communication and first interactions for mental health support on St. George campus.
Trans and Nonbinary Student Experience Project
Students are often queried by the University for their name and gender, e.g., on documentation, surveys, and more. While it may appear standard to include such queries, the standard form of name and gender categories also raise questions concerning the purpose of such identification and how it allows for—or does not—student self-determination. Through student consultation, the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) and the Innovation Hub will seek to gain better understanding of trans and nonbinary student communities’ identification needs and experiences, with particular consideration on the identification categories used on surveys and the Change of Name and Gender Request Form.
Transforming the Instructional Landscape (TIL)
Transforming the Instructional Landscape (TIL) is an ongoing collaboration between Learning Space Management (LSM) and the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI) and the Innovation Hub. This initiative examines how virtual and in-person learning environments can be improved for both instructors and students. This year, our team will engage stakeholders and community members in pilot initiatives to explore opportunities in remote learning, dual-delivery, and the multifaceted challenges related to technology-enhanced teaching and learning. The focus for this year will be supporting instructors to create engaging and accessible learning spaces.
University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy (UMLAP)
The University of Toronto’s University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy (UMLAP) is currently undergoing its third-year review. The review includes student consultation through online feedback as well as virtual townhall meetings. In order to ensure that student voices are further included and consulted on this policy, the Innovation Hub will be leading a series of student-led feedback sessions to support the UMLAP Review committee gain an understanding of how students perceive the policy. The feedback sessions will contribute to the student consultation portion of the review and not for research purposes.
University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP) at the Faculty of Arts & Science
The University of Toronto Quality Assurance Process (UTQAP) ensures that academic programming at the University meets the highest standards of excellence. The cyclical process, which is overseen by the Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs at the Faculty of Arts & Science, allows for both maintenance and improvement through regular appraisal of undergraduate and graduate programs provided by academic departments through external and internal review, including student consultation. In this project, the UTQAP and the Innovation Hub will partner to facilitate the student consultation portion of the review process.
These departments include:
- Computer Sciences
- Germanic Languages and Literatures
- Human Biology
- Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology