Instrumentation for Gauging Computational Thinking in Elementary Grades

Computational thinking is a recent and very popular addition to elementary school curricula. Computational thinking projects students undertake include five basic parts: identifying key features of a problem (decomposing), creating a model of relationships among factors (modeling) in a causal system or data, designing steps (algorithm) to solve the problem or analyze data, trying out and repairing missteps (debugging), and generalizing findings.

Designing Student Success: Building a Mobile Application to Improve Student Retention and Persistence

Ipse offers self-help to students transitioning to college or university to achieve their goals in a way that suits their personality. It uses machine-learning and crowdsourcing to recommend action plans to the students. The proposed research in collaboration with Ipse is aimed at furthering our understanding of personality traits and identification of suitable action plans based on those traits. Specifically we will survey a target population to identify common student traits and the associated action plans.

Progress on Quantitative Analysis for OCT Angiography

The light-sensing portion of the human eye, called the retina, is a highly complex structure that is nourished by several layers of small blood vessels. Diseases that lead to blindness, including Diabetic Retinopathy (which affects approximately one third of people with diabetes), often damage this network of blood circulation, causing changes to manifest in specific regions within the retina. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCT-A) is a relatively novel technology which can be used to visualize the retinal microcirculation in three dimensions.

Personalizing gamification strategies to improve young adult life skills training. Part 2; support worker needs analysis and design of clinical interface

Facing Dragons is a mobile health game that gives quests and challenges to young adults (17-29) to help them figure out what to do with their lives, gain an empowered sense of self and unlock their purpose in life.

One of the key research innovations in this game is the addition of a special interface for support workers and caregivers that helps them get to know the young adults they work with.

Evaluating the Impact of Robotics Education on Young Children’s Cognitive Development and Self-efficacy

Our project will be the first research in Canada that draws the techniques and resources from four disciplines - education, psychology, psychometrics and computer science - to investigate the effects of robotics education (RE) on child cognitive development, self-efficacy and enjoyment. Hence, our research findings will help Robokids School to understand the long-term effects of RE and to make a better decision on their investment.

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Task Force on Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and Graduate Education

The Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) has created aTask Force on Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and Graduate Education (Reconciliation Task Force). This Reconciliation Task Force will examine the implications for graduate education in relation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Calls to Action, to reflect on the role of graduate education in promoting reconciliation between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples in Canada, and to conduct a systematic review of reconciliation graduate educational practices from across the country.

Evaluating Canadian Competency-based Specialty Medicine Training

Specialty medicine training in Canada is transforming to a competency-based model. This is the biggest change in specialty education in a century. The new education system emphasizes the abilities to be acquired of specialist physicians, the sequencing of skills (from foundational to complex), tailoring of training to meet the needs of the individual, and assessment systems that capture and adjudicate successful, authentic practice of specialty medicine. There are numerous assumptions underlying this complex educational intervention.

Beaver Hills Biosphere Communications: Advancing place-based heritage appreciation and stewardship

The Beaver Hills Biosphere is a newly established biosphere reserve that needs to communicate why it is a special place to its residents and visitors. The UNESCO Biosphere program wants biosphere reserves to promote the exchange and transfer of knowledge on environmental problems and solutions, and to foster environmental education for sustainable development. Research related to environmental education, public history, Indigenous histories and communications efficacy can highlight the importance of personal place-relationships within a biosphere.

Engaging More Men in Mentoring

A key factor in fostering the resilience of children and youth is the presence of at least one caring adult who holds high but reasonable expectations of them. In some instances, this relationship is formally facilitated by an organization in the form of mentorship. Despite the documented positive effects men have in the lives of children, the majority of mentors are women. Many organizations report having significant difficulty recruiting and retaining male mentors despite a growing demand. To date, virtually no research has been conducted in Canada to explore this issue.

Assessing the impact of STEM programming on children and youth.

In the twenty-first century, coding literacy provides individuals with a host of useful skills and competencies as well as accompanying psychological benefits. Yet, at present, very few pedagogical models or curricula include coding literacy as a central focus. STEM interventions, often found in after-school care programs and summer camps, help address this gap by offering targeted programming aimed at developing these competencies in children and youth.