KMDI is currently involved in teaching through the Knowledge Media Design Collaborative Specialization (KMD CS). The KMD CS addresses the ways media and media technologies shape, and are shaped by, human activity. We design, build, use, evaluate, and critique the media and policies of our networked world. The KMD CS provides graduate students opportunities to collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds on interdisciplinary human-centred projects that explore the interaction between media, technology, design and society. KMD courses allow students to work with experts from across disciplinary boundaries to tackle complex socio-technical issues around the design, dissemination, preservation and interaction with knowledge systems, focusing on hands-on practices. Through experiential learning, students engage in each stage of the design thinking process – brainstorming, prototyping, and evaluation. Projects are geared towards real-world problems and give students opportunities to publish papers, deliver conference presentations, and in some cases, provide the ground work for start-up businesses.
What is a Collaborative Specialization?
Unique to U of T, the KMD Collaborative Specialization involves the cooperation of multiple graduate units (departments, centres, or institutes). In order to participate in the KMD Collaborative Specialization you must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Toronto at the graduate or doctoral level. The program is meant to be taken in addition or as an accompaniment to your graduate/doctoral degree and not as a stand alone.