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EDGE lab welcomes Dr Victoria Henshaw as 2014 visiting International Research Fellow

January 30th, 2014

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The EDGE Lab is very proud to welcome Dr Victoria Henshaw who is joining us as an international research fellow, focusing on projects involving multi-sensory environments, design and inclusion. We recently had the privilege to host a visit from Dr Henshaw in Toronto who spoke with Ryerson’s Faculty of Design students about her work on urban smellscapes, which is focused on a ‘human-centred’ approach to the sensory dimensions of urban design and city centre management. As part of her urban design practice, Dr Henshaw described her practices with guided ‘smellwalks’ in towns and cities around the world. While it was too cold to enjoy a smell walk during the recent cold snap, we plan to invite her back in warmer times.

Among the unique highlights of Dr Henshaw’s visit was having the opportunity to smell some of her wonderful collected smells, including some rare Arabian Oud Oil and scents of Paris:

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You can learn more about her urban smellscapes at her blog, Smell and the City. Dr Henshaw is a lecturer in the department of Town and Regional planning at the University of Sheffield.

Prior to Dr Henshaw’s visit, EDGE lab director Dr Jason Nolan and doctoral researcher Melanie McBride presented a talk as part of Dr Victoria Henshaw’s ‘Designing with smell’ colloquium at the Design Principles and Practices conference in Vancouver.  Nolan and McBride’s talk advanced ‘neurodiversity’ as a standpoint from which to address inclusive sensory design principles and practices in relation to different ways of sensing that challenge, but also extend, the normative ‘sensory order.’  This talk furthers Nolan and McBride’s ongoing research into the conceptualization and design of technologically mediated multi-sensory environments and McBride’s doctoral research on smell as a neglected modality of digital communication and culture.

 

 

Bullying Prevention for Children with Differences and Disabilities

December 2nd, 2013

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Lab researchers Jason Nolan and Donna Koller are members of IMPAKT, and wish to invite members of the Ryerson community to this important talk: Bullying Prevention for Children with Differences and Disabilities by Dr. Debra Pepler

December 9, 2013, 3:30 – 5:00pm Main Auditorium – Hollywood Theatre 1rst Floor Black Wing, Room 1249 The Hospital for Sick Children

Topic: Children with differences and disabilities are bullied at a higher rate than their typically developing peers. Natural processes within children’s groups move these children to the margins, where they are at increased risk for victimization. Children with differences and disabilities want and need healthy peer relationships as much as any other child. The healthy development of all children depends on healthy relationships. It is our role as adults involved in the lives of children to redirect natural peer processes to ensure that children with differences and disabilities are fully included in positive peer relationships. We will explore critical strategies for promoting healthy relationships and healthy development for children and youth including: adults’ self awareness, building rapport with children and youth, scaffolding or coaching, social architecture, and systems change.

Dr. Debra Pepler is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University and a Senior Adjunct Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her research focuses on aggression and victimization among children and adolescents, as well as children in families at risk. Together with Dr. Wendy Craig, Dr. Pepler leads a federally funded national network, PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), that is Canada’s Authority on Research and Resources for Bullying Prevention and a National Centre of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization Network. PREVNet’s mission is to promote safe and healthy relationships and prevent bullying for children and youth.

More info at: IMPAKT Talk -DebraPeplerDec9-2013

Faculty of Community Services Student Achievement Event

November 19th, 2012

Students at the EDGE Lab recently showcased their work at the Faculty of Community Services Student Achievement Event. Interns Vivian Chan and Safiyah Nakhuda, featured the work they created during their field placement. Lab tech Rubina Quadri, presented a privacy divider built for a class research project about children’s privacy-seeking behaviour in group settings. Former intern Reilly Dow, created a poster summarizing what she learned at the Adaptive Design Association in New York when she was able to visit as part of her placement at the EDGE Lab.

These cardboard blocks made by Vivian Chan, are constructed to be a low cost alternative to expensive wooden block math sets.

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This assistive device, built by Safiyah Nakhuda, is used to help someone get out of a chair on their own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melanie McBride & Noah Keneally | TIFF Nexus: New Media Literacies

July 12th, 2012

EDGE Lab researchers Melanie McBride and Noah Kenneally presented together at the TIFF Nexus: New Media Literacies conference last April 12. Their talk, “Escaping the Creepy Treehouse: Whose games? Whose play?”, examined the role of ‘adultism’ in the conceptualization, design and social relations produced by adult-developed digital and offline playspaces.

excited to paint my sideways ‘longboard’ #stimmy rocker tomorrow. btw it rocks!

June 17th, 2012

Melanie McBride, EDGE Lab Research Assistant and graduate student in the Communications and Culture program at York University, is completing her first Adaptive Design build in our Adaptive Design this week, as part of her studies.

 

Governer General visits the EDGE Lab

May 20th, 2012

Jason Nolan, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Studies and Director of the Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab, presents student’s custom Adaptive Design creations to His Excellency The Right Honourable David Lloyd Johnston Governor General of Canada and Her Excellency Sharon Johnston on their visit to the EDGE Lab March 14, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDGE Lab at Science Rendezvous

May 20th, 2012

Science Rendezvous is a national event dedicated to featuring scientific research happening in Canada. Ryerson University was showcased at Yonge and Dundas Square and the EDGE Lab was there.

People were able to experience the conductivity of play dough by making music with a theremin, learn some basic cardboard carpentry skills and have a tour of the adaptive devices we’ve created.

Click here to view the pics.

 

Melanie McBride speaks at University of Toronto’s iSchool

April 24th, 2012

EDGE Lab researcher Melanie McBride was recently invited to give a lecture at University of Toronto’s iSchool as part of their 2012 Colloquium Series. Her talk,“Beyond -fications: The hidden and null curriculum of digital learning and play” was an overview of her lab research and MA coursework on gamification and informal game-based learning under the supervision of Jason Nolan.

 

 

 

Melanie McBride featured at the iSchool Colloquium Series

February 2nd, 2012

EDGE Lab Graduate student Melanie McBride will be presenting at the iSchool Colloquium Series at the University of Toronto on Thursday April 19, 2012. The session takes place at 140 St. George St., Room 728 between 4 – 6 p.m. If you would like to hear Melanie speak about the ‘hidden’ and ‘null’ curriculum of digital gaming and play, click here here for more details.

November 11th, 2011


Here are some pictures of EDGE Lab at Digifest featuring Vlad Cazan, Richard Lachman, Melanie Mcbride and Jason Nolan.