On Dec. 12, KMDI celebrated its 7th bi-annual poster session. Both KMD classes 1001 and 2002 presented their projects to a team of judges.
Members of the KMDI faculty, community and students filled the East Common Room at Hart House to also celebrate the end-of-term. Individuals were able to go from poster to poster to learn about the solutions students created over the course of the term.
The Poster Session began in Dec. 2013 as an opportunity for Knowledge Media Design students to be able to create user design solutions based on the techniques cultivated in their KMD classes.
After hours of review, “Opening Doors to Data: Using Design Thinking to Improve Data Literacy” from KMD 2002 and “Cycle Toronto – A Knowledge Media Design Solution for Toronto Cyclists” from KMD 1001 are the 2016 fall winners.
Professor Anthony Wensley, Director of the KMDI Collaborative Program and Dr. Steve Szigeti, Instructor for KMD 2002 reviewed the KMD 2002 posters and were impressed with the work that was presented at Hart House.
“It goes without saying that this was a significant challenge as all the poster projects were well thought out, addressed interesting issues and problems and represented a very significant amount of work on behalf of the students,” Wensley said.
The overall assessment was based on the originality of the issue/problem, the quality, breadth and originality of the proposed solution, the quality and completeness of the poster and the presentation provided along with responses to questions.
KMD1001 winning poster Opening Doors Dec. 2016
Specifically on “Opening Doors to Data – Using Design Thinking to Improve Data Literacy” Wensley and Szigeti had the following notes:
As described by the team this project involves the “[development of] an educational program geared to improving data literacy.’
This project focuses on analyzing the challenge of providing a flexible and responsive approach to developing data literacy. Rather than either assuming a given level of data literacy, assuming that users will develop data literacy and fluency through use or assuming that there will be inter-mediating individuals who will ‘translate’ users data needs this group looks to the users themselves. This approach has a number of benefits including directly empowering users, providing for developing a wide range of different data literacies leading to the further development of a variety of different apps/platforms/interfaces providing varied functions for a wide range of different user requirements.
KMD2002 winning poster Cycle Toronto Dec 2016
Dr. Olivier St-Cyr, one of the judges for KMD1001, was impressed with “Cycle Toronto – A Knowledge Media Design Solution for Toronto Cyclists”:
“This year, the KMD1001 project required students not only to present a research protocol, but to execute it. Steps involved: conducting a literature review on the topic, defining the research questions, creating a data collection protocol, collecting data with representative end-users, and drawing some conclusions on how findings could inform design. In that sense, we were looking for a poster that conveyed not only a good research idea and proposal, but also how well the research was conducted, with who, how results were analyzed, explained, and presented, and how findings were translated into future design recommendations.
The winning poster this year did an excellent [job] in conveying all these aspects. Moreover, the visual presentation was extremely well-done and appealing.”
Special thanks to our team of judges and everyone that joined us for a memorable night.
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