New Material from the OCAD U Research Ethics Board

  • New ROMEO Ethics Application and Researcher Guide - The on-line application for ethics approval was overhauled and improved with clearer instructions and more specific questions. The intention was to help researchers think through their research plans and provide the REB with the information required to make a decision. An accompanying guide was developed to help researchers navigate the new application and provide clarity for each section of the application.
  • New process for ethics applications - All researchers applying for ethics approval will now be required to attach their TCPS2 CORE completion certificate on every application they submit.
  • New process for responding to the REB - In order to increase efficiency in reviewing resubmissions, the REB has developed a new process that researchers should use to provide responses to the REB. A tutorial for this process is available.
  • REB guidance “Autoethnography and Research Ethics” and guide questionnaire - This document provides guidance on the conduct of autoethnographic research and related ethical considerations. It is important to note that individuals who feature in a researcher’s autobiographical experiences, and provide data required for the researcher to address the research question are to be considered human participants for Research Ethics Board (REB) purposes. As such, these individuals should be afforded the same rights as all human participants, as described in the TCPS 2– namely, justice, concern for welfare, and respect for the individual.
  • OCAD U's Policy on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Human Participants – The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to the OCADU community on the ethical conduct of research involving human subjects.

For additional new material from the REB, please see https://www.ocadu.ca/news/updates-ocad-university-research-ethics-board

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Inside Art & Design: Summer Seminar Series

Early this past spring, the OCAD U Research Office expanded on the This Is Research campaign and conducted 16 short video interviews with research-active faculty exploring aspects of their current research, in particular how it applies to the Coronavirus crisis and shifting social priorities. A number of these interviews were included in a free online summer seminar series hosted by OCAD U’s Office of Continuing Studies. The series was promoted widely on and off campus and registered a total of 158 people including many of OCAD U’s students, faculty and staff, along participants from the general public. The current series has been extended to July 17th, and plans are in the works to include the remaining faculty interviews in a second series that will be launched this coming August. You can find more information on the Continuing Studies webpage.

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This is Research: V5

A collage of the three this is research posters .

The Office of Research & Innovation is excited to launch the fifth iteration of the "This is Research" campaign to raise awareness about research at OCAD University. This volume features work by Julian Haladyn, Ranee Lee, and David Griffin. To view each poster in the Open Research Repository, please see below. For our official announcement, visit https://www.ocadu.ca/news/research-v5

 

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Wapatah Launches its Virtual Roundtable Series

A poster for the Indigenizing the Museum event. Black text on a background photograph of hands holding a bird sculpture

Indigenizing the Museum: Language, Vernacular, and Lexicon with Bonnie Devine, Peter Jemison, Arni Brownstone, and Stephen Inglis - Wapatah Launches its Virtual Roundtable Series!

On June 17th, 2020, Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge hosted its first Virtual Roundtable as part of the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art (VPIA) project and its latest Indigenizing the Museum event series. 

Moderated by Gerald McMaster, this Roundtable brought together Bonnie Devine, Peter Jemison, Arni Brownstone, and Stephen Inglis with the aim of addressing questions around language, lexicon, ownership, repatriation, land, and research as ceremony. The roundtable discussion focused and expanded upon the shift in language used to talk about Indigenous artworks.

The Roundtable Series, Indigenizing the Museum, has been developed as a way to increase Indigenous community and institutional awareness of and involvement in the VPIA as a resource and a knowledge building tool. 

The VPIA is a custom digital platform currently in development by Wapatah at OCAD University, designed to facilitate Indigenous access and contributions to Indigenous artworks in museum and gallery collections around the world. Using a wiki-style approach, the VPIA allows institutional artwork records to be transformed into living documents that integrate Indigenous knowledge, language, and protocols.

Wapatah Team: Dr. Gerald McMaster, Dr. Michael Rattray, Natalja Chestopalova, Brittany Bergin, Mariah Meawasige, Rezvan Boostani, Yiyi Shao, Maya Filipp, Panya Espinal Clark, Alessia Pignotti, Jananda Lima

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COVID-19 Printable Project Wins Award

The COVID-19 Printable Project from Dr. Kate Sellen and the Health Design Studio has recently been awarded an IIIDAward from the International Institute for Information Design. The project’s infographic, plain language printables on COVID-19 testing, self-isolation, and self-management are available in over 40 languages and are being downloaded and used in emergency departments, refugee services and community health centers across the world. The project received IIID’s COVID-19 Award as well as a Silver Award in the Emergency/Safety category. The project will be published in the fourth edition of the IIIDaward-book and will be featured in the upcoming IIIDaward-Tour around the world, the first stop for which will be the designforum in Vienna’s Museumquartier. Congratulations!

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DESIGN MANIFEST.O. AND CREATIVE PRACTICE AS PROTEST

Image of Youth participants working in groups as part of the Creative Practice as Protest Workshop held at OCAD U in January 202

“It was nice to see everyone coming together to solve problems that not many people take time to figure out. I think that workshops like these enable us and make us feel that our voice does matter” - T. Alexander, Youth Participant, Photographer and Artist, Toronto.

Associate Professor Cheryl Giraudy, Faculty of Design and Assistant Professor Saskia van Kampen, School of Design (San Francisco State University) hosted the workshop ‘Creative Practice as Protest’ (CPP) with SSHRC grant partner Colloqate Design, an award-winning platform for racial, social, and cultural equity of public spaces and places. Co-founder Bryan C. Lee Jr. architect and activist joined the research team including Lead Research Assistant Lena Phillips (Urban Development Planner), assistants Nicholas Sagar (Photography) and Jun Li (Digital Futures) to welcome youth ages18–25 from across Toronto to share collective aspirations for a more just and equitable Toronto. CPP is one of several events aligned with the research project Design ManifesT.O. (DM2020) launched at DesignTO in 2019. The project is a two-year effort to learn about grassroots initiatives fostering respectful design for placemaking, and place-keeping, and has engaged over 100 participants to date, including community youth leaders attending the workshop. 30 youth participants registered for the event and a further 42 were on a waiting list. The response indicates the need for greater opportunities for youth to come together to vision a future based on real world experience and imagination of what can be. Listening to the deep and heartfelt stories of trying to keep and make spaces/places in the city reflect and respect the communities they serve via the open forums and workshops is yielding both expected and unexpected outcomes. DM2020 continues to gather the creative endeavours with an aim of co-designing community-based, socially-driven design tools for inclusive placemaking across Toronto and elsewhere.

To learn more about the CCP and this research please visit https://www.ocadu.ca/news/design-manifesto-and-creative-practice-protest and https://www2.ocadu.ca/research/cgiraudy/project/design-manifesto-2020

Photo by Saskia Van Kampen.

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How Dr. Jutta Treviranus and the Inclusive Design Research Centre are Responding to Curren

Dr. Jutta Treviranus, director of OCAD University's Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC), provided an interview on her recent essay (It’s time to drop “Darwinism” and listen to Darwin and his successors on human evolution), recent interview (‘Designing a Future Where Everyone Counts'; on The Laura Flanders Show), and the effect the current pandemic has had on the work of the IDRC.

To read about ways in which the IDRC is working to respond to current challenges, please read 'Defending the vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.'

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THIS IS RESEARCH V4

Sarah Tranum, "CleanCube Project" Poster
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 11:30am

The Office of Research & Innovation is excited to launch the fourth iteration of the "This is Research" campaign to raise awareness about research at OCAD University. This volume features work by Julius Manapul, Veronika Szudlarek, Sarah Tranum, Pam Patterson, Cindy Poremba, and Nithikul Nimkulrat.

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.

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Julius Manapul, "Erasing a Country: An On-Going Series of Research" Poster
Nithikul Nimkulrat, "Experiential Craft: Handmade and Gestural Knowledge in Analog-Digital Material Practice" Poster
Pam Patterson, "Land Liminality Loss" Poster
Cindy Poremba, "VVV: Volumetric Video in Videogames" Poster
Veronika Szudlarek, "Virtual Paint Jam" Poster

OCAD University to Participate in CRAM

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:45pm

On April 5, 2019 OCAD University will be participating in CRAM.

CRAM is the very FIRST event of its kind - a research learning festival for the public that opens the doors to the transformative thinking of Toronto’s universities. University of Toronto, OCAD University, Ryerson University and York University will be participating. It’s about universities working together to bridge the gap between research and community by sharing the research that goes on in these institutions to promote public engagement with a changing world. The public is aware of only a small fraction of the research that goes on in Toronto’s universities. This event will create the opportunity to showcase creative and critical thinking across a multitude of disciplines to better inform the public of how knowledge generated from research will impact our lives. Come join us on April 5, 2019.

To view the CRAM splash page go to https://cramtoronto.com .

THIS IS RESEARCH

"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.

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