Learning the ROPES

Text and multicoloured geometric designs
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join Christine Pineda and Nancy Snow, Wednesday March 27th for Learning the ROPES, an introduction to research ethics at OCAD U: answering the 5Ws/1H of research ethics. Who needs to apply for research ethics approval? What type of research requires ethics approval? When is the best time to apply for approval? Where do I apply? Why is research ethics approval important? How do I apply?


Christine Pineda is the Research Ethics Board (REB) Manager and research office dinosaur, having been with the research office since its inception. Her career path has been largely based in research and academia with a special focus on evaluation of projects involving vulnerable communities.

Nancy Snow is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design and the REB chair. Her areas of research enquiry are design pedagogy, food studies, and knowledge exchange.


Learning the ROPES is part of Research Wednesdays speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad, or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Do you have a research experience that you would love to share with us? Contact Daniel Payne at (dpayne@ocadu.ca)

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000, ext. 217


"This is Research" Poster: one and the same
"This is Research" Poster: Depth Clouds
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

The Office of Research & Innovation is excited to announce the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness about research at OCAD University: “THIS IS RESEARCH.”

OCAD University faculty are engaged in inclusive, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that audaciously and responsibly pursues the questions of our time.

THIS IS RESEARCH features posters and media showcasing the many forms of research at the University. You can see the first set of these on the many screens across campus and our website.

In concert with provincial efforts being coordinated through the Council of Ontario Universities, “THIS IS RESEARCH” will help to raise the profile of research performed across faculties by the creative professionals, scholars, and strategic thinkers that make up our research community.

Please join us in celebrating research at OCADU!

If you would like your research to be profiled through “THIS IS RESEARCH” please contact our office at research@ocadu.ca.

"This is Research" Poster: Quipucamayoc
"This is Research" Poster: Monarch
"This is Research" Poster: INHABITAT
"This is Research" Poster: One Hundred Thousand Lousy Cats

Research Wednesdays: The Queer Publishing Project

Research Wednesdays, 1 to 2 pm in the Learning Zone. October 31: The Queer Publishing Project
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join Shamina Chherawala and members of the Queer Publishing Project to learn about their process of creating Handbook: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art & Design Education, the first student-authored resource book of its kind. The guide draws from anti-oppressive education models to enable faculty to unlearn and critically address oppression on the basis of race, gender, and sexuality, and transform their understanding of how to support queer and transgender students in the studio, classroom, and beyond.

Handbook is a creation of the Queer Publishing Project, a research group of over 100 students, alumni, staff and faculty at OCAD University.

Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff or faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our 2019 winter schedule (January to April). Send an email to Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca) and include:

  • brief 250 word description of your talk
  • indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you
  • list of technological needs
  • ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement
  • description of any participatory activities that may be used (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal)
Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext. 217

Kate Sellen

Dr Kate Sellen is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCADU and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair nominee. She leads the Healthcare and Resilient Experience Research Group at OCAD U. She is also Director of the Health Design Master’s Program. At OCADU she has served on several program committees, as well as university wide committees and initiatives, and several hiring committees. Kate spent her early career as an interaction designer leading design research, digital strategy, and interaction design in the private sector.

Jason Goodman, UX Instructor

Jason Goodman is a Sessional Instructor at OCAD University, having taught UX Design & Prototyping at the Masters Level, Toy Design at the Undergraduate level, as well as corporate training with both continuing education and OCAD Co. (the corprate/business training division). 

We’re all misfit consumers — we need inclusive design

Photo credit: Christina Gapic
Friday, August 26, 2016

We’re all misfit consumers — we need inclusive design” — In her article, Jutta Treviranus, director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University, discusses a course titled Unlearning And Questioning, part of the two-year master’s study in Inclusive Design, intended to question assumptions, unlearn conformity and remove boundaries to thought. The students from very diverse backgrounds are challenged with unlearning the fear of “drawing outside the lines” — the compunction to label, sort, rank, filter and conform. They relearn the priceless value of mistake-making and failure. The ultimate learning outcome is a “radical form of inclusive design” that is seen as the next generation of design thinking. The inclusive-design students imagine scenarios of successful innovation agendas, stretching into several successive generations. They consider the potential impact on the complex adaptive system that is our global society. The class soon discovers that if we are rethinking innovation, we also need to rethink common assumptions about entangled factors such as markets, customers, employment, design, research and development. Invariably, our inclusive design students propose that the innovation race we should embark upon is not a race against other countries, but a race against escalating economic disparity and environmental deterioration. They conclude that collaboration and inclusion are good economic strategies – and challenges that Canada is uniquely prepared to accept.

Kate Sellen

"My research broadly addresses design thinking and human factors for challenges in healthcare with a focus on resilience and creativity in innovation for safety critical and distributed healthcare. My research aligns with healthcare system goals of enhancing the efficient delivery of healthcare, preventing iatrogenic events, and assisting patients and home caregivers to effectively manage home care.

Jana Macalik

Jana joined the Faculty of Design in 2014 as a tenured Associate Professor in the Environmental Design program from her previous position in the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University. She holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. She has received the NCIDQ certificate and is a member of IDEC and ARIDO.

Alexander Manu

Alexander Manu is a strategic innovation practitioner, international lecturer and author.

Public Presentation: Patty Johnson,Tenure Track Candidate, Faculty of Design

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 3:00pm

Patty Johnson has 16 years of professional experience as a designer, curator, lecturer and teacher. Patty is currently working on two research projects that has relevance to OCAD. The first is a research initiative with the Rotman School of Management, the Designworks Centre and the North–South Project. The Second is the creation of a new design program for the interior space of the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Office in Toronto that will be rolled out in all offices across Ontario. Since 1998, Patty has taught at a variety of institutions including Sheridan Institute, School of Animation, Art and Design, the Royal Ontario Museum, and OCAD.

Venue & Address: 
Room 669, Level 6 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario