Data-Driven Intelligent Agents for Personalized Training on Design & Computational Thinking Skills

Computational thinking, i.e., the ability to formalize and solve problems with the assistance of computers, has become crucial in a growing range of jobs. Recent research in education has provided encouraging evidence that the development of computational thinking is the most effective when it is taught in the early childhood, and that game-based learning (GBL) technologies are extremely valuable in this context. However, children often need help when learning with GBL software.

Braiding new possibilities for co-existence: holding spaces for difficult conversations

This project uses social cartography as its main methodological and collaborative tool to map practices that enable or hinder successful collaborations in spaces of socially engaged art between members of various communities in historic dissonance. These include artists from Indigenous and other racialized communities. More specifically, this project explores the potentials of post-representational uses of social cartography, as forms of “cognitive art” that are socially engaged in ways that challenge dominant forms of representation and agenda setting.

One Child at a Time One Family at a Time

Early-years educational programing is linked with greater educational, career and life outcomes. The One Child at a Time One Family at a Time program seeks to assist families in overcoming barriers and giving all children equal access to early-years learning. The home visiting program connects children and their families with individualised support and guidance tailored to a families unique needs and home situation and relevant to their culture and background.

Making scholarship more practice and policy relevant: Analysis of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies’ peer review process and its implications

This project examines the peer review process of a leading Canadian academic journal focused on international development, with the goal to better understand how research knowledge is made accessible and relevant – or not – for policy makers and practitioners. The intern will analyze systematically the texts of submitted articles, comments provided by the scholars asked to evaluate these articles, journal editorial guidelines and the revisions the authors undertake, for evidence of efforts to make research accessible and relevant.

Creation of an AI framework for the Restorative Action Program

The Restorative Action Program (RAP) is an incorporated, community-based initiative that provides support to students and staff within public and Catholic school systems, to address conflict and bullying through conflict management and leadership development. The organization has been in existence since 2003 and is currently serving approximately 9,000 students per year and growing. The addition of an intelligent analytical platform will help move the program forward.

Designing the Evaluation of a Conservation Education Service Learning Program

This research project will evaluate the experiences of participants in the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) new Canadian Conservation Corps (CCC) program. The CCC is designed to engage Canadians between the age of 18-30 in an experience-based, environmental education program which involves an outdoor excursion, field work with environmental organizations and a public outreach project.

Schools as Potential Sites of Prevention & Intervention for Youth Homelessness

Youth homelessness exists across Canada and schools represent one site of interaction with youth who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. Decreasing the number of homeless young Canadians means the implementation of innovative, youth-informed practices and policies within institutions, services, and places throughout communities that serve as points of interaction with homeless and at-risk youth (such as schools).

The Acquisition of Music Reading Skills in Novice Students

Music reading is a very challenging and frustrating aspect of learning music that often leads to the cessation of lessons in the early stages of music learning. Despite this, there has been very little experimental research to understand the music reading process. To address this need, we will administer a group of cognitive and music reading tests to young novice piano students. The results of this project will form groundwork for a much-needed understanding of the music reading process, which in turn will enhance our understanding the most effective approaches in teaching this skill.

Career Stage, Age, and Gender on Employees’ Ethical Challenges: a Canadian Perspective

Corporate employees face a range of ethical pressures and challenges; in some cases, employees fail at these challenges, and the result is often bad for employees, for employers, and for the Canadian public. Ethics education in post-secondary settings and corporate ethics training may help, but needs to be designed in a way that takes account of the specific kinds of challenges and pressures employees actually face. First-hand testimony suggests young people (in their 20s) face special challenges and special risks because of their junior status in the workplace.

Performance-Based Design Guideline for Mid- to High-Rise Mass Timber Based Structures with Energy Dissipators and Base Isolators

In Canada, the need to address housing demand along the growing urbanization with consideration of environmental impact, motivated timber-based construction. Timber structures are known for their aesthetic, flexibility in achieving the innovative architectural designs, fast means of construction and environmental friendliness. In the past decade, significant research have been undertaken to use timber for mid- to high-rise structures. Mass timber-based structures, incorporating appropriate connections and energy dissipators, can extend the building heights in timber-based construction.

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