Annual survey of Ontario’s publicly funded education system

Over the past 15 years, People for Education has conducted a survey of Ontario’s publicly funded schools. From this large-scale survey, People for Education produces research reports on public education in Ontario that are widely disseminated to the public and have been instrumental to informing educational policy in the province.

Early Childhood Education project

Early Learning is an impotant undertaking in Canadian society and supporting young children as they move from home to early learning centres onto kindergarten classes is of particular interest and value to educators, helping us to ensure we provide the right environments and supports for all young children. This research will help us to provide the most appropriate learning experiences to young children in new Brunswick and beyond.

Evaluating the effectiveness of real time image filtering in multi-platform live broadcasting and interactive VR installations as means for artistic expression

There are several platforms that allow users to share real time video with the public. However, these platforms lack the tools that would allow creative professionals to create artistic video compositions extemporaneously. Our prior research assessed the potential for artistic expression within live video broadcasting by developing and integrating new creative tools within the Generate platform, a mobile tool for dynamic artistic video compositions. Behavioral analysis provided the information to determine the effectiveness and relevance of video art in an online real time nature.

An initial evaluation of the working memory impacts of a cognitive training program for children with learning disabilities

Learning disabilities (LD) are a significant area of identified disability for children in North America and worldwide. We currently understand cognitive processing weaknesses to contribute to the developmental difficulties that children with LD face in learning and beyond. One of these areas of cognitive weakness, working memory, is an important target for intervention because it not only impacts learning but other important aspects of life. This project examines the working memory effects of a cognitive training program for children with LD, the Eaton Arrowsmith school.

The Recess Project

Our goal is to continue to provide the solution to the problems that elementary schools are facing across Ontario. To re-define the existing culture of recess by providing healthy role models, options and equipment and advocating for spaces more conducive to play. Our research team is currently the only one in Canada dedicated to research on recess.

Smart Learning and Course Management System

This is a research and development (R&D) project. The primary objective is to develop a Smart Learning and Course Management System with a pilot demonstration of an entrepreneurship development course. The target audience for the course is students interested in learning the fundamentals of running a startup company. The secondary objective is to document and inform the development and learning analytics through design-based research.

Games as Analogical Scaffolds in Teaching and Learning

Games have, in the last decade, become an important tool for teaching in both the education and business section. The application of games, and game mechanics, in these areas is often called gamification. The aim of this project is to explore how games can be used to create rich, first hand, experiences that can be used by educators to improve learning.

University-to-Work Transition Project

Research on university graduates’ University-to-Work transition (UWT) is sharply polarized between two discourses: the smooth transition narrative and the crisis narrative. Proponents of the smooth transition narrative such as universities are reporting high-rates of student satisfaction, skill transferability as well as early-career earnings consistent with those of 1970s and 1980s’s graduates. At the same, the crisis narrative is pointing at rampant underemployment, a loose School-to-Work transition structure and a blunt lack of high-skilled technical labour.

Generation Z: Understanding Canada’s Newest Youth Generation

The differences among today’s multiple generations of workers, such as Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials have received a great amount of attention from the media, business best-sellers and academic researchers. Much of the recent existing research has documented perceived and observed characteristics of the millennial generation (those born in the 1908s and after), who are said to differ from preceding generations in their perspectives on work and life in general.

Interaction-Indexed Search for Classroom Electronic Whiteboards

Recent technological advancements have led to widespread usage of interactive and collaborative systems in educational settings. In particular, SMART Technologies’ interactive products are being widely used at schools and universities across the country. Although this is a valuable achievement, it also presents new challenges to evolve these systems to new user needs. For example, one of the main challenges of the teachers using SMART systems in classrooms is the need to “go back in time” and review missed meeting or class material.

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