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HUMBER’S RESEARCH & INNOVATION QUARTERLY | ISSUE #4 | JULY 2022

From Curiosity to Classroom VADA + AR/VR Ingredients for Student Success Seeds of Sustainability


Contents ISSUE #4, JULY 2022

Ginger Grant, PhD Dean, Research & Innovation Anju Kakkar, KMbS/Managing Editor, Humber Press, Research & Innovation Saran Davaajargal, Editorial Assistant, Humber Press, Research & Innovation Andrea Chan, Graphic Designer, Research & Innovation Felipe Narcizo, Social Media & Marketing Coordinator, Research & Innovation Humber Press 205 Humber College Blvd. Toronto, ON M9W 5L7

VADA + AR/VR

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Associate Dean’s Message

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Editor’s Note

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Humber's Visual and Digital Arts Program Enhances Students’ Learning Experience Through AR/VR

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Ingredients For Student Success: Interdisciplinary Collaboration + Creativity

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Cultivating Seeds of Sustainability in the Classroom


Seeds of Sustainability

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Ingredients for Student Success

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It Gets Even Better!

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Innovation Workshop Buffet

Extras

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Develop Your Spark

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Quips and Quotes

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Some Fun

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Article References

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ORI Highlights

It Gets Even Better! Now in-person and virtual sessions

Researcher's Corner 48

What “Upskilling” Means for the Future of Work



Land Acknowledgement Humber College is located within the traditional and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Known as Adoobiigok [A-doe-bee-goke], the “Place of the Alders” in Michi Saagiig [Mi-Chee Saw-Geeg] language, the region is uniquely situated along Humber River Watershed, which historically provided an integral connection for Anishinaabe [Ah-nish-nahbay], Haudenosaunee [Hoeden-no-shownee], and Wendat [Wine-Dot] peoples between the Ontario Lakeshore and the Lake Simcoe/Georgian Bay regions. Now home to people of numerous nations, Adoobiigok continues to provide a vital source of interconnection for all.

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Associate Dean’s Message WELCOME TO OUR FOURTH ISSUE of SPARK, a place where faculty, researchers and students are supported to follow their curiosity for innovation and research. As Associate Dean of Research & Development, I am proud to be a part of such a vibrant research culture here at Humber, where faculty find support and are encouraged to take risks because we believe “there are no mistakes…only research.”

Dianna dinevski, MBA, MA, PhD (abd), Associate Dean, Research & Development, Research & Innovation

One of our newest ventures includes the newly formed “PhD study group” of approximately 16 faculty members and staff, who are all pursuing doctoral degrees while working full-time/part-time. Our second newest venture is our pilot summer inclusive innovation challenge to discover and celebrate Humber College’s front-line hidden innovators. We continue to support faculty growth in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). We are relaunching our Scholar’s Café in the Fall, where faculty will regain the opportunity to meet monthly and discuss scholarly literature related to teaching and learning. It is always a pleasure to serve the research community. Have a lovely summer!

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Happy summer dear readers, FIRST AND FOREMOST, LET US all take a moment to express gratitude for the warmth of the sun, the blooming flowers, the lush trees and the blue sky. As we all continue to rise above the challenges of the past few years, we deserve to take a break to acknowledge and appreciate the beauty surrounding us. “Beauty” is a word I do not use lightly. I find beauty in both the most extravagant and the simplest things. Anju Kakkar. KMbS/Managing Editor, Humber Press, Research & Innovation

“A person can achieve everything by being simple and humble.”—RIG VEDA There is beauty in education and research as well. As you scroll through this issue of SPARK, we are humbled by the efforts of Humber’s researchers and faculties who translate their curiosity into actionable results for students in their classrooms. There is beauty in learning and observing. We have heard you, our dear readers, and we have learnt that you want to see, hear and feel what happens behind the scenes. So, we bring you video content to ignite your senses. Let SPARK inspire you. Enjoy the issue that we have passionately put together. Remember, we are all researchers, and we are all innovators. Get in touch with us if you have a story to share. In kindness, Anju Kakkar

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FROM CURIOSITY TO CLASSROOM HUMBER COLLEGE RESEARCHERS CHAMPION EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING THROUGH INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION By Saran Davaajargal

THE HALLMARK OF A HUMBER COLLEGE EDUCATION is the focus on helping students develop the skills and the knowledge necessary to become career-ready citizens— strategic pillar #1 defined in Humber’s Strategic Plan 2018-2023. To this end, Humber College faculty members, researchers, and staff are constantly introducing new and innovative ways of transforming the initial spark of curiosity and developing impactful projects that help students master new skills and gain a competitive edge in the workforce of the 21st century. In this SPARK issue, we highlight three interdisciplinary initiatives that nurture and foster experiential learning at Humber College.

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“ My main two goals are sparking curiosity and building confidence.” —DAVID NEUMANN, PROFESSOR, FMCA

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HUMBER'S VISUAL AND DIGITAL ARTS PROGRAM ENHANCES STUDENTS’ LEARNING EXPERIENCE THROUGH AR/VR By Saran Davaajargal

ON AN EARLY MARCH DAY in 2022, Humber’s Visual and Digital Arts’ (VADA) Interactive Art class students gathered at the Humber Art Commons, an open concept studio space at Humber’s Lakeshore campus, to embark on the journey of using Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR). For the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts (FMCA) team, this day had been long in the making. In 2019, Steve Cober, professor in the FMCA, started redesigning the interactive art curriculum for the VADA program. An integral component of the redesign was to provide students with the opportunity to explore art beyond just the sense of sight through immersion in 3D space. As part of the new curriculum, the students would create virtual paintings that would be built in 3D space and displayed as installations on campus using AR. Asked about the goals of the redesigned curriculum, Steve responds, “We wanted to bridge digital art tools with traditional ideas of art such as looking at the human form in life drawing, looking at landscapes and painting light. The goal is for the students to be equally fluent in working with both physical and digital tools.” When the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the VADA curriculum plan was unexpectedly halted as students could not attend in-person classes. A year and a half later, Steve was eager to bring his ideas to life when he met David Neumann, professor in the FMCA, who was keen to work with faculty members on projects about emerging technologies.

STUDENT PROJECT RENDERINGS COURTESY OF VISUAL AND DIGITAL ARTS STUDENTS: GABRIEL ARRACHE, AISHWARYA CHOWDLU JAGADEESH, MEAHA CAUDLE-CHOI, ANNA SHIMIZU, EBRU KUR, MARTINEZ-VARGAS, KHAI PHAN, JESSICA SENEPHIMMACHACK AND PROFESSORS STEVE COBER AND DAVID NEUMANN

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SUPPORT FROM HUMBER’S OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

SPARKING CURIOSITY AND BUILDING CONFIDENCE

In 2021, David received funding from Humber’s Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) to conduct research on incorporating more emerging technologies into the classroom. As part of this endeavour, David has collaborated with multiple programs across Humber, from VADA to Baking and Pastry Arts to Fashion Management.

Motivated by their shared passion for using emerging technologies, Steve and David organized a workshop for using VR at the end of the Fall 2021 semester. They wanted to make it fun and engaging for the students, so they invited all interested students to join the workshop and build snowmen in the virtual space. The workshop was a big success as many participants were eager to learn more about incorporating VR into their arts.

Through proof of process multi-disciplinary research, the project team sought to bring together a group of industry stakeholders, students, and faculty from different disciplines and create a project that investigates a specific potential opportunity for emerging technology to be incorporated into the curriculum within one to two terms.

For some students, the experience helped them open up to the possibility of using technology in their art. Anna Shimizu, a VADA student who participated in the workshop, says the following about her experience:

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO

VIDEO OF STUDENTS’ ARTWORK FROM THE WORKSHOP. VIDEO COURTESY OF DAVID NEUMANN  HUMBER.CA.PANOPTO.COM/PANOPTO/PAGES/VIEWER.ASPX?ID=C2A00683-685C-4006-A8D5-ADFD011AB1B9

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“The Virtual Reality experience brought me to an entirely new imagination world. It was not the experience we usually go through on the surface of the computer. For me, it was more like a physical experience. I could create my own imaginary world by touching, enlarging or shrinking, or changing the colour with just one touch by hand. I knew it was a virtual activity, but I could feel the surface of the objects in the virtual world. This experience broke the mind blocks of using new technology in art practice as an artist. It gives me the confidence to dive into the virtual world.” —ANNA SHIMIZU, VADA STUDENT

DE-SILOED APPROACH TO COLLABORATION Steve emphasizes that the de-siloed approach to collaboration that reverberates throughout Humber has been an essential part of the endeavour. To bring the redesigned curriculum to fruition in the Spring 2022 semester, Steve worked closely with Michael Simmons, Digital Signage IT specialist at the FMCA. Steve and Michael facilitated the in-person class sessions at the Humber Art Commons, with Michael helping students resolve the technical challenges that they were experiencing. Steve notes, “Michael was truly present and active. It made such a massive difference for how we could do this.” He added, “For me, as a sessional faculty member, knowing that I have the support of the school has been instrumental. I can depend on Michael, and I can work with David, even though David and I aren't in the same program. We’re not caught in a silo, and it speaks to the cross-disciplinary collaboration that permeates the Humber community.”

PHOTO COURTESY OF ANNA SHIMIZU

INTEGRATION OF AR/VR IN THE CLASSROOM SESSIONS Over the second half of the Spring 2022 semester, the VADA Interactive Art class students worked on two projects that transformed their 2D arts into 3D. In the first project, the students explored the virtual identity that exists at the intersection of art and social media, while the second project invited students to reimagine access to art without constraints imposed by physical dimensions. Despite the weeks of preparation that went into planning the in-person sessions, the FMCA team encountered several technological and logistical hurdles along the way. In the face of these challenges, they pivoted, readjusted and persisted.

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VADA STUDENTS’ VIDEO GALLERY

Video by Anna Shimizu  youtube.com/embed/qrJ5nV0SblA

Video by Sofia Martinez-Vargas  youtube.com/embed/YntZHmJE6Dk

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Video by Jessica Senephimmachack  youtube.com/embed/eTaMxQof5Q0


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Video by Gabriel Arrache  youtube.com/embed/frH8HwV9dUk

Video by Meaha Caudle-Choi  youtube.com/embed/rmLunX_qsyg

Video by Khai Phan  youtube.com/embed/w-cpcdXCtwg

Video by Aishwarya Chowdlu Jagadeesh  youtube.com/embed/cd_uN4Ahd1c

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Reflecting on what helped them to stay focused and motivated in the face of the challenges, Steve and Michael stated:

“For me, getting to design and implement an interactive art course is a dream because one of my passions is the mix of creativity and technology. Everything that goes into the course is things I’m personally passionate about. My goal with the course is to empower students and give them wings.” —STEVE COBER, PROFESSOR, FMCA

“In my current role, I have the opportunity to share the experience of using VR headsets with students, and it’s been great to see how students interact with it and enjoy it. It was also exciting to see the progress students made in a short period of time. Whenever students are happy, I’m happy.” — MICHAEL SIMMONS, DIGITAL SIGNAGE IT SPECIALIST, FMCA

STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE WITH AR/VR Using AR/VR in the classroom has been a transformative learning experience for many students. For some of them, working in the 3D space enabled more opportunities to express their creativity. For others, the experience helped them to expand their perceptions of traditional artwork. Here are what current VADA students had to say about their experience using AR/VR in the classroom:

“Working in 2D formats can sometimes be limiting for designers who think in 3D. 3D visualizations are really useful to explain the idea, product or project you have designed to the other person. It feels like a real privilege to be able to see what you imagine in its actual dimensions and walk around it. There is almost no end to what can be done with this technology.” —EBRU KUR, VADA STUDENT

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BUILDING ON THE STRENGTH OF THE HUMBER COMMUNITY

“Using VR has helped me bridge the gap between tactile and digital creation. Being able to sculpt materials by hand makes 3D modelling much more accessible to an artist learning to work digitally. The digital work is then brought back to the real world with the incorporation of augmented reality. Traditional artworks can be expanded on with 3D models and animations. I'm optimistic about the future of AR in galleries and street art. AR and VR have become less niche and can be enjoyed by more people.” —MEAHA CAUDLE-CHOI, VADA STUDENT

As a result of their experiences, the students have been able to develop their knowledge of using Gravity Sketch, a 3D design and modelling software. Ebru Kur, a VADA student, states, “Gravity Sketch is a good starter program for those who want to try 3D design. Understanding the interface takes no more than 15-20 minutes, and then an endless creative potential awaits you.”

Steve shares that his next goal is to build a stronger network of students who can help champion AR/ VR to other students. One of the ways he hopes to accomplish this is through the Gravity Sketch Student Ambassador program, which provides educational resources, technology support and curriculum planning to partner institutions and students. Steve notes that he has recently recommended three Humber students to the Ambassador program. Looking ahead to the implementation of AR/VR in future classes, Steve says, “I am hoping that this integration of AR/VR into the curriculum will be a catalyst to make it a creative stream that builds a connection with other Humber programs and differentiates the VADA art program from other art programs.” CONNECT WITH US

Humber’s Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) can help you transform your initial spark of curiosity into a collaborative classroom project. We are here to help you deliver on the promise of Humber’s research and innovation excellence. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can support you.

Gabriel Arrache, a VADA student, added, “Working in 3D directly on a 3D environment is transformational. Although this workflow is in its infancy, it really makes you think about how silly it is to create a 3D project using only a 2D display. I think this really is the way to go.” PHOTO COURTESY OF AISHWARYA CHOWDLU JAGADEESH

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INGREDIENTS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS: INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION + CREATIVITY BAKING AND PASTRY ARTS PROGRAM CREATES CUSTOM MOLDS USING EMERGING TECHNOLOGY By Saran Davaajargal

IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN to the D building on Humber’s North Campus, you have likely walked by the bake labs, home of the Baking and Pastry Arts program. The glass walls of the bake labs are lined with the kind of pastries and confectionaries that are typically seen in baking competitions or Instagram accounts of high-end bakeries.

Humber’s bake labs have a lot of special equipment— including a chocolate enrobing machine and commercial grain mill—but the real magicians at work are the chefs and the students. In a recent initiative, characteristic of the Baking and Pastry Arts program’s interdisciplinary approach, Chef Kenneth Ku and his students collaborated with David Neumann, professor in the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts (FMCA), to create custom molds using 3D printing technology. The delicious results of the project are easily visible in the bake labs, but the inspiration for the collaboration was ignited at a place far from campus: Consumer Electronics Show (CES). David thanks Rudi Fischbacher, the former Associate Dean of Humber’s Faculty of Business, for the inspiration that occurred to him while attending the CES on behalf of Humber. As David saw the simple, low-end chocolate PHOTOS OF BAKE LAB BY FELIPE NARCIZO

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 COOKIE PACKAGING CREATED BY THE PROJECT TEAM.

mold makers at CES, he realized that they could be used by Humber students to enhance their learning experiences. The simple mold makers would make the technology available to a wider group of students. David proposed the idea to Chef Kenneth, who readily agreed to collaborate with him on the project. The project team brought together a diverse group of students to make the molds. Meagan Martinez of the Baking and Pastry Arts program worked as a confectionery/baking artist; Tiam Bennett Morrow-Rogers, a student employee at the Barrett Center for Technology and Innovation, worked as an industrial designer, while Paul Moon and Heesu Woo, students in the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts (FMCA) worked as a 3D artist and a 2D designer, respectively.

COOKIE PACKAGING IMAGES COURTESY OF CHEF KENNETH KU

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 CHOCOLATE MOLDS CREATED BY THE PROJECT TEAM.

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COOKIE PACKAGING CREATED BY THE PROJECT TEAM. VIDEO COURTESY OF: DAVID NEUMANN  YOUTUBE.COM/EMBED/ CZWHI5HAYMW

NURTURING STUDENTS’ CREATIVITY AND CONFIDENCE

Asked about her participation in the project, Meagan stated:

“I had an amazing time on this project, working with David, Chef Ku, and the other students. It was cool getting to see the whole process, from the idea stage to the design, and the testing. I encourage anyone who has The project team took it one step further by asking the opportunity to do something like this to some of the Baking and Pastry Arts program students take it! It's fun participating and doing your to join the design team. The students were then trained part but it's also great to see how everyone to use 3D modelling software to create their own 3D does their parts and how it all comes together mold designs. After learning the ‘behind-the-scenes’ technology, the students successfully organized a webinar in the end.” Chef Kenneth notes that the simple chocolate molds were only the beginning of a fruitful, collaborative endeavour. After the chocolate molds, the project team also created cookie mold designs and packaging.

in which they shared their learning journey with their fellow students.

—MEAGAN MARTINEZ, BAKING AND PASTRY ARTS STUDENT

Reflecting on the collaboration, David shared:

“Our role as researchers was to demystify technology, give students access and show them the possibilities of where they can go. Afterwards, the students were empowered to go on the learning journey by themselves. My main two goals are sparking curiosity and building confidence.” —DAVID NEUMANN, PROFESSOR, FMCA

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BAKING AND PASTRY ARTS STUDENT MEAGAN MARTINEZ TEACHES HER CLASSMATES WHAT SHE LEARNED THROUGH THE PROJECT.

CHEF KENNETH KU. PHOTO CREDIT: FELIPE NARCIZO

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE GROWTH

STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCES

It’s worth noting here that Chef Kenneth and the team voluntarily dedicated their time to the project outside of their full-time job responsibilities. The dedication is a powerful testament to their commitment to the students. Chef Kenneth states, “At Humber, I have the opportunity to share my passion with students. At the end of the day, I love teaching, and I want to make my students happy. My greatest accomplishment is seeing the students graduate and have successful careers.”

We asked Heesu Woo, an FMCA student who was in charge of the branding and packaging of the cookie project, what she gained from the experience. Heesu responded:

“I think the most fun and valuable part of working on this AR project was the collaboration with students from different disciplines as it added new perspectives, With a wealth of experience working in the hospitality new ways of thinking, and new approaches industry, Chef Kenneth is a dedicated faculty member to solving problems to ensure a seamless who joined Humber in 2015. Chef Kenneth states that transition of deliverables. As a designer, it it was his passion for teaching that ultimately drew him really did help me understand how different from industry to academia. Given his dedication to his disciplines work together and their needs, students, there is no doubt that Chef Kenneth and the team will be able to have an impact on a larger number of pain points, and preferences. I was happy students when the team has more resources available. to confidently participate in professional When asked what motivated him to dedicate extra time to design practice and management within a collaborative work environment.” the project, Chef Kenneth responded: “In the end, it’s all about the students. We want them to be successful. That’s what comes first.” —CHEF KENNETH KU, BAKING & PASTRY ARTS PROGRAM

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Tiam Bennett Morrow-Rogers, who worked as an industrial designer on the project, shared the following about what he learned from the experience:

“My role for this project was to create a Ferris wheel design that would be able to fit on two vacuum formed sheets so that the chocolate could be poured into molds. The biggest challenge of this project was trying to understand chocolate. I'm used to working with metals and plastics. I didn't know how much chocolate would expand after forming or how strong chocolate would be. At the time, there was a Netflix series by Chef Amaury Guichon, who is a well-renowned chocolatier. This actually gave me some perspective on how much leniency there was with the materials.”

CONNECT WITH US

Humber’s Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) can help you transform your initial spark of curiosity into a collaborative classroom project. We are here to help you deliver on the promise of Humber’s research and innovation excellence. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can support you.

— TIAM BENNETT MORROW-ROGERS, STUDENT AT HUMBER COLLEGE

VANILLA CRÈME BRÛLÉE Recipe Yields 3 Ramekins Ingredients 65 gram 45 gram 375 ml 1 piece 1 gram

Egg Yolks Granulated Sugar 35% Cream Vanilla Bean Salt

Method Heat 35% cream and vanilla bean to scalded temperature. Whisk egg yolks and sugar. Pour slowly hot cream into yolk/sugar mixture. Add salt. Pass mixture through sieve. Pour mixture into prepared ramekins. Bake at 325ºF/165ºC until firm in a water bath. Chill. Sprinkle sugar lightly on top, then with blow torch caramelize! Enjoy! Recipe courtesy of Chef Kenneth Ku

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CULTIVATING SEEDS OF SUSTAINABILITY IN THE CLASSROOM HUMBER’S FASHION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM COLLABORATES WITH GLOBAL PARTNER INSTITUTIONS By Saran Davaajargal

THE CREATIVE EXPRESSION OF HUMBER COLLEGE’S core values is manifested throughout the campus community. In particular, the value of sustainability—one of Humber’s six core values—is expressed in a myriad of ways, from program curriculums to student-led volunteering to collaboration with global partner institutions. In this article, we’d like to shine the spotlight on a series of Humber-led sustainability case studies developed by Rossie Kadiyska and Vladimira Steffek, faculty members in Humber’s Fashion Management postgraduate certificate program. Rossie and Vladimira are researchers and educators who are passionate about teaching and promoting sustainability inside and outside of the classroom. United by their shared passion for fashion and sustainability, Rossie and Vladimira started collaborating in 2019 when Humber introduced Fashion Innovation and Sustainability as part of the Fashion Management program.

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ADDRESSING THE GAP IN EXISTING CASE STUDIES Rossie and Vladimira's collaborative endeavour was ignited by three main questions: How can classroom learning be more fun and interactive? How can students be offered a global and cross-disciplinary opportunity? How can sustainability be communicated in an impactful way? As the team started reviewing existing literature from leading publishers, they found that there was a lack of sustainability-focused case studies. To address the gap, the team decided to create case studies based on examples of local entrepreneurs taking innovative approaches to sustainability in fashion.

Asked about the goals and challenges of the project, Rossie responded:

“We were inspired to create a library of local, sustainable fashion cases and bring these cases into the classroom. Through these cases, we aimed to invite local grassroots Reflecting on the motivations for undertaking the project, sustainability entrepreneurs and Humber Vladimira stated: alumni to share their real-world experiences “Our prime objective was to prompt and propel in sustainability with our students. As students to make a real impact in a conscious, researchers, the challenge we faced was sustainable future. As an academic institution, finding and selecting the cases. We found out we are instrumental in creating sustainably that some Humber alumni were already doing engaged and sustainably educated citizens. a lot in the sustainability space; thus, we We wanted to create a space for dialogue and wanted to represent the wide diversity of those knowledge exchange, thus merging theoretical cases to inspire and encourage our students. and practical application of skills acquired.” An additional challenge was recognizing — VLADIMIRA STEFFEK, PROFESSOR, FASHION MANAGEMENT PG that, generally, education and curriculum on CERTIFICATE, HUMBER COLLEGE sustainability is very context-bound.” — ROSSIE KADIYSKA, PROFESSOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR FASHION MANAGEMENT PG CERTIFICATE, HUMBER COLLEGE

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SEED AND CULTIVATE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FUNDS Rossie and Vladimira decided to create their first case study on KLWD, a Toronto streetwear brand, in 2019 by applying to the then-Teaching Innovation Fund (TIF) enabled by the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at Humber. The team was able to successfully create the case study, which paved the way for four additional rounds of TIF-funded case studies covering a wide range of areas from sustainable denim and bespoke tailoring to Indian fusion wear and sustainable furniture.

Scholarshi Teaching anp of Handbook d Learning

researchpr ojects@hum ber.ca humber.ca/ research

In 2021, TIF was restructured into the Seed and Cultivate Research and Innovation Funds to better address the needs of Humber’s growing community of researchers and scholars. Here is a video of Rossie and Vladimira giving a brief overview of the case studies:

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VIDEO OF ROSSIE AND VLADIMIRA TALKING ABOUT THEIR CASE STUDIES.  YOUTUBE.COM/EMBED/03BMTDJUPEA

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HUMBER LEARNING OUTCOMES Through the case studies, the research team sought to explore how to better prepare students for their future careers while developing their innovative thinking, creativity, engagement, and satisfaction with the learning experience. The pedagogy framework used in the case studies—which epitomizes Humber Learning Outcomes (HLOs)—is based on six main pillars: x Interdisciplinary learning x Internationalization at home x Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) x Systems design thinking x Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) x United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The case studies brought together students from various disciplines such as fashion management, fashion communication, furniture design, arts management, and public relations. Through exploring the case studies collaboratively, the students developed their knowledge of sustainability in fashion and applied the principles of circular economy and systems design thinking in reallife cases. By doing so, they learned to view the fashion industry through a new lens and developed their own suggestions and ideas on fostering sustainability in the fashion industry.

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WINTER 2022, COLLABORATIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING – SUSTAINABLE DENIM BUSINESS CASE STUDY, PARTICIPATION OF STUDENTS AND MENTORS FROM HUMBER COLLEGE (TORONTO) AND SENAC UNIVERSITY (SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL). PHOTO CREDIT: ROSSIE KADIYSKA AND VLADIMIRA STEFFEK

COLLABORATION WITH GLOBAL PARTNER INSTITUTIONS When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down in-person class sessions in 2020, the research team quickly pivoted and adjusted to the new reality by viewing the virtual environment as an opportunity. Thanks to the virtual environment, the team’s subsequent case studies became interdisciplinary, collaborative endeavours conducted in partnership with Senac University, Brazil and Nottingham Trent University, UK. Asked about the importance of the interdisciplinary approach to collaboration, Rossie and Vladimira responded:

“We want to show that in order to teach sustainability, you have to do it across the boundaries, whether it is imposed by the discipline or the physical location. We believe in dismantling the boundaries. That is what education for sustainability is for us.” — ROSSIE KADIYSKA, PROFESSOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR FASHION MANAGEMENT PG CERTIFICATE, HUMBER COLLEGE

“Although we have been hit by the new reality of lockdowns and closed campuses during the process, the online learning and the new reality, in fact, have enabled us to approach and connect with international partners because, in the virtual world, the physical borders no longer exist. We strongly believe that through forming cross-functional and crosscultural teams, we can enhance collaboration, creativity, and synergy.” — VLADIMIRA STEFFEK, PROFESSOR, FASHION MANAGEMENT PG CERTIFICATE, HUMBER COLLEGE

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Garima Gupta, founder and CEO of Artha Learning, shared the following about the collaborative endeavour:

SHARING KNOWLEDGE WITH THE WIDER COMMUNITY Rossie and Vladimira believe deeply in the importance of sharing their findings and insights with the wider community beyond Humber. All the case studies developed are open resources available to all who are interested. The team’s first case study, KLWD: Launching a Streetwear Start-up, has recently been published on Bloomsbury Fashion Central. The second case study about a sustainable denim company is scheduled to be published in Fall 2022. The case studies have successfully received an eCampus Ontario grant, which enabled the project team to create an instructor’s manual and a student manual, as well as an immersive design thinking experience created through collaboration with the private provider Artha Learning. The immersive experience, which has been designed to be used in the classroom, recently won a Gold Hermes Award at the Hermes Creative Awards for creative professionals.

“This project was a learning designer's dream; it allowed the Artha team an opportunity to take a vision and make it a reality. Our team worked closely with the Instructors, Vladimira Steffek and Rossie Kadiyska, to understand the required strategies and skills and build an immersive experience of it. We hope that the students will enjoy the gamification in this tool, and it will give them a fun experience to learn the necessary elements and techniques in Systems Design Thinking outlined in this interactive 360 environment.” — GARIMA GUPTA, FOUNDER AND CEO OF ARTHA LEARNING

Additionally, Rossie and Vladimira recently presented their research at the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI 2022) conference hosted by Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Here is a brief introduction video of the immersive design thinking experience created by the project team in collaboration with Artha Learning:

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YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOUT IMMERSIVE DESIGN THINKING EXPERIENCE.  YOUTUBE.COM/EMBED/19OUDPMHTGM

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A VISION FOR THE FUTURE Having successfully developed five case studies, Rossie and Vladimira are not planning on stopping anytime soon. They recently received a SoTL Cultivate fund of $10k, which they are using to create two new case studies about an Indigenous-led business and a local textile manufacturing facility using sustainable technology.

Reflecting on the connection between EDI and Indigenous learning in the case studies, Rossie states:

“We deeply believe that we cannot have sustainability unless we connect to the holistic principles of Indigenous learning. Sustainability cannot be separated from what land is about. When we bring that land acknowledgement into our classrooms, we always reflect, and we invite the students to reflect on the impact of what they make and what their responsibilities are in terms of preserving, protecting and connecting to the land that they are on now. That is the way for the vision forward.” — ROSSIE KADIYSKA, PROFESSOR AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR FASHION MANAGEMENT PG CERTIFICATE, HUMBER COLLEGE

Rossie and Vladimira have many fruitful plans for the future ahead, including: collaboration with another industry partner to tackle real-life business challenges related to sustainable fashion; submitting their third case study to Bloomsbury Fashion Central; and presenting at the Global Fashion Conference in Germany later in the year. Their future plan is to expand the case studies to be a comprehensive and open-access repository that different universities around the world can collaborate on and learn from.

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CASE STUDY 1: KLWD—TORONTO STREETWEAR BRAND In the first case study, the research team sought to understand the youth consumer market and its contributions in the fashion industry by analyzing KLWD, a Toronto streetwear brand founded by Stuart St. Hill. The case study was conducted using the lens of Theory U—a systems design thinking/change management method—as well as interdisciplinary learning, EDI, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals #8 (decent work & economic growth), #11 (sustainable cities & communities) and #12 (responsible consumption & production). The case study KLWD: Launching a Streetwear Start-up is currently available on Bloomsbury Fashion Central.

DECEMBER 2021, COLLABORATIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING – KLWD: LAUNCHING A STREETWEAR START-UP BUSINESS CASE STUDY, PICTURES OF KLWD BRAND, HUMBER COLLEGE (TORONTO) PHOTO CREDIT: ROSSIE KADIYSKA AND VLADIMIRA STEFFEK

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CASE STUDY 2: SIMPLY SUZETTE— SUSTAINABLE DENIM BRAND Inspired by the success of the first case study, the project team applied for their second SoTL grant to conduct a case study with Simply Suzette, a sustainable denim brand owned by Ani Wells, a Humber alum. The case study became an interdisciplinary endeavour of collaboration with FMCA faculty members Annette Borger-Snel, Professor & Program Coordinator, PR Grad Certificate program, and Anne Frost, Professor & Program Coordinator, Arts Administration & Cultural Management. In addition to the interdisciplinary collaboration at Humber, the research team also partnered with Luciana Chen, Professor & Program Coordinator, Production Design Graduate program, Senac University, Brazil, and her students. The case study was taught in the classroom with the participation of 29 students from Humber and Senac over a period of six weeks. The research team has compiled the results and successfully submitted the case study to Bloomsbury Fashion Central. The case study is scheduled to be published in Fall 2022.

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FROM CURIOSITY TO CLASSROOM WINTER 2021, COLLABORATIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING – SIMPLY SUZETTE: SUSTAINABLE DENIM BUSINESS CASE STUDY VIDEO SCREENSHOT, HUMBER COLLEGE (TORONTO) AND SENAC UNIVERSITY (SÃO PAULO – BRAZIL). VIDEO SOURCE: ROSSIE KADIYSKA AND VLADIMIRA STEFFEK  YOUTUBE.COM/EMBED/ A_XTOJXXPK4

WINTER 2021, COLLABORATIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING – SIMPLY SUZETTE: SUSTAINABLE DENIM BUSINESS CASE STUDY, LUCIANA CHEN TESTIMONIAL VIDEO, PROFESSOR AT SENAC UNIVERSITY (SÃO PAULO – BRAZIL). VIDEO SOURCE: A, PROFESSOR AT SENAC UNIVERSITY (SÃO PAULO – BRAZIL).  YOUTUBE.COM/EMBED/ PRODOICLR14

WINTER 2021, COLLABORATIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING – SIMPLY SUZETTE: SUSTAINABLE DENIM BUSINESS CASE STUDY, JULIA VIDAL CARNIELLI TESTIMONIAL VIDEO, STUDENT AT SENAC UNIVERSITY (SÃO PAULO – BRAZIL). VIDEO SOURCE: JULIA VIDAL CARNIELLI STUDENT AT SENAC UNIVERSITY (SÃO PAULO – BRAZIL).  YOUTUBE.COM/EMBED/ VOQOD0SJ6HU

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Senac student Poliana Santos who participated in the case study states:

“I thought it was amazing. Expanded horizons for so many different things, added so much! It was nice not only the cultural exchange but also the partnership and assistance here between us Brazilians. I feel very lucky to have been able to participate. In fact, it was a project that sparked a lot of hope within me.” — POLIANA SANTOS, STUDENT AT SENAC UNIVERSITY (SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL)

Humber student Anju Kallikattu Sebastian also shares:

“COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) was a valuable experience for purposeful professional development. This enabled us to develop relationships through engaging online. I feel that the experience has penetrated through the surface of so many problems in the denim industry. Taking part in a multicultural workshop has helped me to develop my ideas in many ways.” — ANJU KALLIKATTU SEBASTIAN, STUDENT AT HUMBER COLLEGE

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CASE STUDY 3: NICHOLAS SIMON TAILORING Spurred on by the collaboration with Senac, the project team decided to further extend their international network by partnering with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the UK. As part of the project, Humber’s Fashion Management students collaborated with Mary-Ann Ball, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham School of Art and Design and NTU’s Fashion Communications students. The project team provided consulting services to Nicholas Simon Tailoring, a luxury tailoring brand based in the UK. Over the course of four weeks, the team created a strategy for targeting the business customers and enhancing the brand’s online presence.

SUMMER 2021, COLLABORATIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING – NICHOLAS SIMON TAILORING, BESPOKE FASHION BUSINESS CASE STUDY, NICHOLAS SIMON WEBSITE IMAGES. NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY (NOTTINGHAM – UK) AND HUMBER COLLEGE (TORONTO). IMAGE SOURCE: NICHOLAS SIMON WEBSITE—HTTPS://NICHOLASSIMON.CO.UK

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Here is what a Humber student shared about participating in the project:

“NTU consultancy project was deeply immersive in terms of providing new skills and knowledge, but at the same time, it was also very fun. I loved getting different business perspectives from students and professors from NTU and Humber. This project has helped put my business-related knowledge to good use, that only further developed my love for the fashion industry. My favourite part of the project was when we got constructive criticism from our professors regarding our mock presentations because I could feel that the professors really believed in us and really wanted us to do better.” —KULPREET, STUDENT AT HUMBER COLLEGE


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CASE STUDY 4: FOLKLORE—INDIAN FUSION WEAR For their next case study, Rossie and Vladimira decided to collaborate with Sana Sapra, a Humber alum and the founder of Folklore, a sustainable fashion brand that celebrates the Indian culture of traditional craftsmanship. As part of the case study, the research team conducted an in-depth study of Folklore’s market position. It sought to understand how Folklore’s Indian fusion wear impacts Canada’s fashion scene. The project was also a collaborative COIL endeavour with Nottingham Trent University’s International Fashion Management students. Watch Sana Sapra introduce Folklore and discuss her passion for sustainable fashion in the following video:

Mehakpreet Kaur, a Humber student who participated in the project, shares:

“The experience was very rewarding. It gave us an opportunity to work in a cross-cultural, multi-ethnic environment at a global platform and share our respective perspectives. The process of collaborating virtually under the guidance of a competent faculty was extremely satisfying and unique as it incorporates various viewpoints on a given issue and helps in enhancing our collective wisdom. It helped me to introspect and understand my own talents and abilities. It was a great activity to improve socialization and develop interpersonal skills. Looking forward to more such collaborative projects from Humber College.” — MEHAKPREET KAUR, STUDENT AT HUMBER COLLEGE

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CASE STUDY 5: WYRTH & DIKTA: FURNITURE FOR A BETTER FUTURE For the fifth case study, Rossie and Vladimira decided to broaden their study subject from local apparel businesses to home furniture companies. The project team collaborated with Dikta, a Brazilian furniture company, and WYRTH, a Canadian furniture company owned by Humber alum Rachel Benitah. With participation from students in fashion design, furniture design, public relations and fashion management, the project was a COIL collaboration with Senac University in Brazil. Using systems design thinking, the students studied the role home fashion plays in the evolution of the furniture industry. The project team found that teaching sustainability using local case studies developed students’ engagement with their learning and helped them to be innovative and proactive while planning for their future. The project team concluded that the teaching materials allowed students to relate, observe and provide innovative solutions through applying their knowledge in real-world settings.

WINTER 2022, COLLABORATIVE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING – WYRTH, CANADA AND DIKTA, BRAZIL: FURNITURE FOR A BETTER FUTURE BUSINESS CASE STUDY. WYRTH’S STORE PICTURES. HUMBER COLLEGE (TORONTO) AND SENAC UNIVERSITY (SÃO PAULO – BRAZIL). IMAGE SOURCE: WYRTH WEBSITE - HTTPS://WWW.WYRTHHOME.COM/

The project team introduces case study #5.

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The researchers would like to thank Senior Dean, Alvina Cassiani, for spearheading and inspiring the fashion innovation and sustainability stream at Humber and for her continuous support and dedication for sustainable fashion.

Special gratitude goes to the following individuals Alphabetized by last name

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Here is what Meghan Myhal, a Humber student, shared about participating in the project:

“To me, it was very satisfying helping a sustainable company founded by a woman with their social media page. I think that looking forward to my career, I would like to work for an ethical company, potentially run by a woman or people who are generally underrepresented in the industry.” —MEGHAN MYHAL, STUDENT AT HUMBER COLLEGE

Senac student Julia Yukimi Sato Kameda stated the following about their participation:

“I loved the opportunity of having an experience with students from another country and with different cultures, especially being able to get in touch with professors from a foreign university! My mentor, Annette, helped our group a lot, with lightness, spontaneity, and a very interesting point of view as a PR professional, which made me get interested in her area!”

Rachel Benitah, Annette Borger-Snell, Deanna Ceelen, Renata Comin, Alanna Fairey, Anne Frost, Ginger Grant, Senay Habtu, Anouchka Huq, Peter Madott, Heidi Marsh, Somera Muzaffar, Cam-ly Nguyen, Laura Page, Sana Sapra, Bruce Sinclair, Sofiia Sopelnyk, Rebecca Trautwein, Brendan Wehby-Malicki, Siobhan Williams

Senac University, Sao Paolo, Brazil Luciana Chen, Leandro Mastropasqua, Myrna Nascimento

Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK Mary-Ann Ball, Elizabeth Bolt, Teresa Dymond, Amy Johns, Michael Marsden

Industry Partners Stuart St. Hill, Founder, KLWD Veronica Hinterregger, CEO Dikta, Brazil CONNECT WITH US

Humber’s Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) can help you transform your initial spark of curiosity into a collaborative classroom project. We are here to help you deliver on the promise of Humber’s research and innovation excellence. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can support you.

— JULIA YUKIMI SATO KAMEDA, STUDENT AT SENAC UNIVERSITY (SÃO PAULO – BRAZIL)

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IT GETS EVEN BETTER!

INNOVATION WORKSHOP BUFFET SUMMER 2022 SERIES NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION Humber’s Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) continues to deliver value-added offerings to our industry partners and our growing research and innovation community. As part of our efforts to nurture the research and innovation ecosystem, ORI is delighted to continue offering the Innovation Workshop Buffet series—freeof-charge, 90-minute long in-person or virtual training sessions developed and curated by our team of experts. In SPARK Issue #2, we shed light on the learning outcomes of the workshop sessions. In this issue, we invite you to not just read about the workshops but to hear directly from our team of experts facilitating the

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sessions. If you want to expand your learning, explore human-centred frameworks, re-think problem solving and learn how to effectively make an impact on your audiences, then join us in the Summer 2022 workshop series.

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“ To me, what I have sort of come to realize, what is the most innate in all of us is that ability to be able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and see the world the way they see it. That’s empathy. That’s at the heart of design thinking. When we say innovation is all about meeting unmet, unarticulated, needs of the marketplace, it’s ultimately the unmet and articulated needs of people, and organizations that are made up of people. And you need to have deep empathy.” — SATYA NADELLA, CEO OF MICROSOFT, ON DESIGN THINKING

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INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN-CENTRED DESIGN

We invite you to this introductory workshop to explore human-centred design, a design management framework that develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process. Understanding this framework is the underpinning of design thinking and a critical first step toward creating change within organizations. Regardless of your background…we are all designers! Facilitator bio: Camila Pérez Peña is a passionate Strategic Innovation Designer and Project Manager convinced that human relations, collaboration, and co-creation can change the world. She has the ability to create and shape innovative services, products, marketing campaigns, brands, or systems based on insights that she gets when listening to the customer's voice and integrating them with the organizational goals. All this by working with multi-disciplinary teams in which the client is an important member that fulfills an essential role by co-creating unique solutions. Interested in this workshop?  Register today at humber.ca/research/upcoming-events

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INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN THINKING

In this introductory workshop, we will have some fun learning the essentials of design thinking techniques and understanding the design thinking process. Design Thinking is a proven approach for creating solutions, i.e., problem-solving. This workshop is developed to provide you with essential design thinking techniques, mindsets, and behaviours to encourage you to solve problems. DT is a human-centred design approach to problem solving, which leads to innovation. Facilitator bio: Raeshelle Morris-Griffith holds a Master’s in Leadership from the University of Guelph, a double major honors Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Organizational Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and she is also a certified project manager (PMP). She is trained in Creative Problem Solving, Values-Based Innovation through Values-Perspectives, Design Thinking, Change Management and Human-Centred Design. She has also obtained her Green Belt in Innovation Strategy Management through Innovation 360. Interested in this workshop?  Register today at humber.ca/research/upcoming-events

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INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING— SIMPLEXITY

Join us for this introduction to solving challenges and opportunities. We will have some fun understanding why we work so well with some people and not so well with others. From this workshop, we will explore how the Basadur Simplexity Profile developed by Dr. Min Basadur sets the stage for optimizing how we solve challenges and opportunities individually and collectively. This intro workshop is a prerequisite for Simplexity Level 1 for Problem Solving. Facilitator bio: Debra Pickfield, MBA (Leadership), BA Social Sciences (Economics), is a dedicated “Minion” as she has facilitated Simplexity sessions for over ten years and watched groups navigate from frustration to “ahhh—we get it” as they explore what is the real issue seeking to be solved. Debra’s commitment to recognizing problem-solving as a key driver of innovation is what brings her to Humber College, and she is looking forward to sharing her passion and supporting anyone or any team as they learn new skills to approach any opportunity or challenges facing them. Interested in this workshop?  Register today at humber.ca/research/upcoming-events

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INTRODUCTION TO VALUES-BASED INNOVATION

This workshop explores the importance of understanding your own Values Perspectives. A value is a human quality to which we attribute importance that we express through what we think, say, and recognize in what others say and do. Values-based innovation refers to values, i.e., notions of the desirable, held by individuals or a social group that provide a basis for inspiring, directing, and evaluating innovation. Values may fulfil integrative, directive, and generative potentials for and within innovation projects. This workshop will explore your values perspectives and the importance of values alignment in nurturing the culture of innovation within organizations. Facilitator bio: Raeshelle Morris-Griffith holds a Master’s in Leadership from the University of Guelph, a double major honors Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Organizational Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and she is also a certified project manager (PMP). She is trained in Creative Problem Solving, Values-Based Innovation through Values- Perspectives, Design Thinking, Change Management and Human-Centred Design. She has also obtained her Green Belt in Innovation Strategy Management through Innovation 360. Interested in this workshop?  Register today at humber.ca/research/upcoming-events

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INTRODUCTION TO DATA ANALYTICS & STORYTELLING – EXCEL AND TABLEAU

This is where we will have some fun learning the essentials of data analytics tools and how to use them in telling a great story about your data. Data storytelling is the best way to use data to create new knowledge and new decisions or actions. It is an integrative practice that incorporates knowledge and skills from several disciplines, including communication, analysis, and design. Facilitator bio: Barath Roy Michel holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in Human Resources. He worked as an HR Business Partner in TVS ASL, with an opportunity to dive into multi-million dollar client projects located in the Middle East. His key deliverables were related to recruitment, training, quality improvement, HR budgeting, performance metrics, data maps, agile implementation, and data analysis. Barath is an emerging researcher with an interest in skills development. David Weisz is a data journalist and educator passionate about storytelling, spreadsheets and pandas (both furry and Python varieties). David is also the creator of Data Driven, Canada’s premier data journalism symposium. Currently exploring new ways to collaborate on data-driven storytelling as a co-founder and director of Humber College’s StoryLab. Interested in this workshop?  Register today at humber.ca/research/upcoming-events

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GETTING INTO RESEARCH BUT DON'T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN? As of April 1, 2021, Humber’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) was incorporated into the family of Humber’s Office of Research & Innovation (ORI). As of October 1, 2021, the Teaching Innovation Fund (TIF) was replaced by the new SoTL funding opportunities, Seed (an investigation-oriented funding program) and Cultivate (a design-oriented funding program). These programs are for emerging faculty researchers who are willing to embark on the research journey. Emerging researchers and their projects are Seeds that are planted and are waiting patiently to grow. When ready, they Cultivate into expert researchers who keep the field healthy for new seeds to come. As part of the learning process, the students are the ‘gardeners’, who work together to embrace discovery and propagate the knowledge acquired into new unexplored fields in the professional world. Read the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Handbook for complete information. (issuu.com/humber_research/docs/sotl-handbook)

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WHAT “UPSKILLING” MEANS FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK A RESEARCH STUDY LED BY BARATH ROY MICHEL, SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, HUMBER OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, SHEDS LIGHT ON SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WHAT DOES “UPSKILLING” MEAN FOR the future of work? Many experts believe upskilling is essential, but most people don’t know where to start. As the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, the topic of skills development has become increasingly urgent for the workforce. To shed light on this timely subject, Barath Roy Michel, Senior Project Manager, Humber Office of Research & Innovation, collaborated with his colleagues to conduct a study on skills gap. In 2022, the results of the research study A Study on Skills Gap: Beyond COVID were published in the Special Issue of the Journal of Innovation in Polytechnic Innovation (JIPE). Since its publication, the research study has been picked up by BBC Worklife, featuring quotes from Barath and insights from McKinsey and LinkedIn experts. Barath notes that upskilling can look different for everyone. He states, “Take a step back and see what’s happening in the wider industry and see how you can get yourself ahead of the curve.” You can read the BBC article for more great insights. We approached Barath for a few follow-up questions about the research study.

Firstly, why did you choose this research topic? Barath: My main interest in skill development and its linkage to economic growth.

What next? What is the perceived impact on this research study? Barath: I want to do an in-depth analysis between the courses offered at Humber College and the associated skill development. The long-term impact with continuous support would result in students being able to pick different courses irrespective of programs and get accredited by the respective educational institution.

About Barath Roy Michel holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in Human Resources. He worked as an HR Business Partner in TVS ASL, with an opportunity to dive into multi-million dollar client projects located in the Middle East. His key deliverables were related to recruitment, training, quality improvement, HR budgeting, performance metrics, data maps, agile implementation, and data analysis. Barath is an emerging researcher with an interest in skills development.

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DEAR AUTHORS AND RESEARCHERS, The Journal of Innovation in Polytechnic Education welcomes you. Have you participated in or conducted a research/innovation study? Do you have research you want to share? Every research project, study or initiative is a journey. Researchers and innovators embark on this journey and their work advances essential knowledge and changes the way we understand the world. Your research story must have led you to a point of discovery and impact, or the study could have resulted in a quest for further investigation. JIPE encourages you to share your knowledge and discoveries by publishing your work and adding to a growing body of knowledge. Your work builds on the research conducted by passionate researchers before you. We invite you to share your research story. Does your work focus on the scholarship of teaching & learning? Did you work closely with an industry or community partner? Was it applied research? Was it a social innovation research project? Did you conduct experiments at centres of innovation and/ or research labs? Whatever it may be, JIPE wants to hear about it. JIPE welcomes research stories and manuscripts from seasoned and emerging researchers. Students and research assistants are also encouraged and invited to submit in collaboration with a faculty member/researcher. Share your research with JIPE.ca


THE JOURNAL OF INNOVATION IN POLYTECHNIC EDUCATION (JIPE) SUBMISSIONS HANDBOOK IS OUT The Journal of Innovation in Polytechnic Education (JIPE), Humber Press, Office of Research & Innovation (ORI), has compiled a comprehensive and detailed JIPE Submissions Handbook which we have the pleasure of sharing widely with our research and innovation community. You may make submissions to JIPE.ca at any time. Have you participated in or conducted a research/ innovation study? Do you have research you want to share? Every research project, study or initiative is a journey. Researchers and innovators embark on this journey, and their work advances essential knowledge and changes the way we understand the world. JIPE welcomes research stories and manuscripts from seasoned and emerging researchers from across the polytechnic and community college sectors, both within and outside Canada. Students/research assistants are

also encouraged and invited to submit in collaboration with a faculty member/researcher. JIPE publishes original research papers, review articles, brief reports, book reviews and our “micro-dissemination” options, innovation spotlights and more. As part of Humber’s sustainability plan, JIPE will be published only electronically to reduce paper consumption. JIPE is an online, open-access journal for double-blind peer-reviewed submissions/manuscripts that mobilize knowledge and insights generated by the global polytechnic community. The articles published in this open journal are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Read it today: JIPE Submissions Handbook (https://issuu.com/humber_research/docs/jipe_ handbook)

JIPE SPECIAL ISSUE

Practical Innovation: Beyond COVID Featuring foreword by Chris Whitaker, President & CEO of Humber College; special contribution by Sarah Watts-Rynard, CEO of Polytechnics Canada; and interview with Gina Antonacci, Senior Vice-President, Academic, Humber College. This issue comprises 14 submissions, including Innovation Spotlights, Original Research Papers and Review Papers. Read the new issue (jipe.ca) to learn more about the ideas and insights that shaped the global polytechnic community’s response to COVID-19.


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WHAT’S ON OUR BOOKSHELVES

Anju Kakkar, Managing Editor of Humber Press, is an avid reader who has developed an eclectic taste for books over her years of travels. Here she recommends four of her favourite fiction and non-fiction books for SPARK readers.

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Title: Shantaram Author: Gregory David Roberts

About: “It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.” So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Title: Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

Author: Jostein Gaarder

About: A pageturning novel that is also an exploration of the great philosophical concepts of Western thought, Sophie's World has fired the imagination of readers all over the world, with more than twenty million copies in print. One day fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find in her mailbox two notes, with one question on each: “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” From that irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village.

Title: Meditations Author:

Title: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Marcus Aurelius (translated by Gregory Hays)

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About: Marcus Aurelius

About: The Tibetan

Antoninus (a.d. 121–180) succeeded his adoptive father as emperor of Rome in a.d. 161—and Meditations remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. With a profound understanding of human behavior, Marcus provides insights, wisdom, and practical guidance on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity to interacting with others.

Book of Living and Dying is the ultimate introduction to Tibetan Buddhist wisdom. An enlightening, inspiring, and comforting manual for life and death that the New York Times calls, “The Tibetan equivalent of [Dante’s] The Divine Comedy,” this is the essential work that moved Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions, to proclaim, “I have encountered no book on the interplay of life and death that is more comprehensive, practical, and wise.”

Sogyal Rinpoche

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re·search /’rēˌsərCH, rəˈsərCH/, noun Research is something that everyone can do, and everyone ought to do. It is simply collecting information and thinking systematically about it. Raewyn Connell

A SPARK of Humour Last month we shared a research comic panel. We asked the research team to come up with their own captions. Here's what they came up with!

But I don't know anything about research.

Don't worry; research is what you are doing when you don't know what you are doing.

I've got a long list of failures and I'm afraid to make more mistakes.

 Contributed by Eswaran

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Hey! There are no mistakes… only research!


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Liven up your home or workspace print this page out, cut out the quotes, or simply write them down on a sticky note

QUIPS AND QUOTES It's not a silly question if you can't answer it. Jostein Gaarder

Without data, you're just another person with an opinion. W. Edwards Deming

...learn not to overstretch ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations, but to simplify our lives more and more. The key to finding a happy balance in modern lives is simplicity. Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

The power of statistics and the clean lines of quantitative research appealed to me, but I fell in love with the richness and depth of qualitative research.

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Arthur Conan Doyle as Sherlock Holmes

It is a good thing for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. Konrad Lorenz

Brené Brown PHOTO: UNSPLASH/ANDREJ LIŠAKOV

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I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer. Douglas Adams

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Article References From curiosity to classrooms: Humber researchers champion experiential learning through interdisciplinary collaboration Anna Shimizu. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ annashimizu/ David Neumann. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ davidrneumann/ Ebru Kur. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ebrukur/

Hermes Creative Awards. (2022). Immersive Design Thinking Experience. https://enter.hermesawards.com/entry/immersive-design-thinkingexperience/ Humber College. (n.d.). Humber Learning Outcomes. https://humber.ca/ svpa/hlo/ Humber College. (2021). Teaching Innovation Fund Project Q&A with Rossie Kadiyska & Vladimira Steffek: “Writing Humber Fashion Sustainability-Specific Cases (HFSS).” https://humber.ca/research/ news/teaching-innovation-fund-project-qa-rossie-kadiyska-vladimirasteffek-writing-humber-fashion

Gabriel Arrache. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/arrache/

Humber College. (2021). The SoTL Effect or The SoLT Effect? https:// humber.ca/research/news/sotl-effect-or-solt-effect

Gravity Sketch. (n.d.). Gravity Sketch Education. https://www. gravitysketch.com/education/

International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes. https://site. iffti.org/

Humber College. (2018). Lead, Transform, Differentiate: 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. https://humber.ca/strategic-plan/

Luciana Chen. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucianachen-530aa02a/

Humber College. Faculty of Media and Creative Arts. (n.d.). Humber Art Commons Building. https://mediaarts.humber.ca/current-students/ resources/live-labs/humber-art-commons.html

Mary-Ann Ball. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-annball-15111559/

Humber College. Faculty of Media and Creative Arts. (n.d.). Visual and Digital Arts. https://mediaarts.humber.ca/programs/visual-anddigital-arts.html Meaha Choi. [LinkedIn page].https://www.linkedin.com/in/meaha-choi83b648221/ Michael Simmons. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ michaelpsimmons/ Steve Cober. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-cober/

Ingredients for student success: Interdisciplinary collaboration + creativity David Neumann. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ davidrneumann/ Heesu Woo. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/heesu-woo/ Humber College. (n.d). Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation. https:// humber.ca/barrett-centre-for-technology-innovation/ Humber College. Longo Faculty of Business. (n.d.). Baking, Pastry & Culinary Labs. https://business.humber.ca/current-students/ resources/learning-labs/baking-pastry-and-culinary-labs.html Kenneth Ku. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kennethku-a6607625/ Tiam Morrow-Rogers. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiammorrow-rogers-40aa9212b/

Cultivating seeds of sustainability in the classroom Ani Wells. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ani-wells/ Annette Borger. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/ in/%F0%9F%87%A8%F0%9F%87%A6-annette-borger-2aaa0142

Nicholas Simon Tailoring. https://nicholas-simon.co.uk/ Nottingham Trent University. https://www.ntu.ac.uk/ Rachel Benitah. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ rachelbenitah/ Rossie Kadiyska. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ rossiekadiyska/ Sana Sapra. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanasapra/ Senac University. https://www.sp.senac.br/ Simply Suzette. https://www.simplysuzette.com/ Steffek, V., Kadiyska, R., & Ceelen, D. (2021). KLWD: Launching a Streetwear Start-up. In Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved June 15, 2022, from http://dx.doi. org/10.5040/9781350934955.004 T. Anne Frost. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ tamasineannefrost/ Vladimira Steffek. [LinkedIn page]. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ vsteffek/ Wyrth. https://www.wyrthhome.com/

Researcher Corner: Barath Roy Michel Alvarado, G., Kannan, M., Lokre, P., Michel, B. R., & Subramanian, A. R. (2022). A Study on Skills Gap: Beyond COVID. Journal of Innovation in Polytechnic Education, 4(1), 57-61. https://jipe.ca/index.php/jipe/ issue/view/5/6/57 Humber College. ORI. (2021). Employee Spotlight: Barath Roy Michel. https://www.humber.ca/research/employee-spotlight-barath-roymichel/

Artha Learning Inc., https://arthalearning.com/

Lufkin, Bryan. (2022, April 18). What 'upskilling' means for the future of work. BBC. https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20220412-whatupskilling-means-for-the-future-of-work

Artha Learning. (2022). Immersive Design Thinking [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19oUDpmhtGM

Innovation Workshop Buffet

Dikta. https://dikta.com.br/ eCampus Ontario. https://www.ecampusontario.ca/ Folklore. https://www.folkloreshop.com/

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EXTRAS Harvard Business Review. (2021). Microsoft’s Satya Nadella on Flexible Work, the Metaverse, and the Power of Empathy. https:// hbr.org/2021/10/microsofts-satya-nadella-on-flexible-work-themetaverse-and-the-power-of-empathy Humber College. ORI. (2021). Employee Spotlight: Barath Roy Michel. https://www.humber.ca/research/employee-spotlight-barath-roymichel/

Humber College. ORI. (2021). Employee Spotlight: Raeshelle M. Morris. https://www.humber.ca/research/employee-spotlight-raeshelle-mmorris Humber College. ORI. (2021). Innovation Workshop Buffet. https://issuu. com/humber_research/docs/spark-issue002-rev/12 Humber College. ORI. (2022). Upcoming Events. https://humber.ca/ research/upcoming-events

Humber College. ORI. (2021). Employee Spotlight: Camila Perez Pena. https://www.humber.ca/research/employee-spotlight-camila-perezpena/

ORI HIGHLIGHTS

In June 2022, Humber’s Office of Research & Innovation hosted a “Values in Action” workshop led by Dr. Cheryl De Ciantis and Dr. Kenton Hyatt, co-founders of Kairios. ORI’s very own Camila Perez Pena, Senior Project Manager, co-facilitated this workshop. Through group interactions, attendees learned what values are, how they energize us, direct how we prioritize things, make decisions, and influence the actions we take every day. For latest events, please visit  humber.ca/research/upcoming-events or connect with us online: @humber_research

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