Research

 

Learning to Code and Engage with Open Data

8016173672_0e006b2dcb_o-1Learning to Code and Engage with Open Data is a pilot project funded by the Council for Research in the Social Sciences at Brock University (2015-present). The project aims to document experiences at hackathon and social coding events.

A co-design and research workshop at Civic Tech Toronto is currently being planned for April 25th, 2017. Further information is available to explain the workshop activity and research.

Previous stages included a survey and interviews with learners, mentors and instructors from Ladies Learning Code’s 2015 National Learn to Code Day and participant observation and a survey related to the TOProsperity Hackathon in fall 2016.

Photo by: Just Grimes via Flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

The eQuality Project

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The eQuality Project is a 7-year partnership grant (2015-2022) funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (PI: Dr. Valerie Steeves, University of Ottawa). The project explores equality issues, such as privacy and cyberbullying, in the digitally mediated lives of youth. Dr. Karen Smith’s role is to act as a project collaborator, with responsibilities related to the youth project advisors.

 

Privacy Badges

IPAddressTracer_Transparent02-150x150Co-designing Open Badges for Privacy Education with Canadian Youth was a participatory research project to create curriculum and to prototype open badges to enhance privacy education for teens in Canada. Dr. Karen Smith was the Principal Investigator for the Mozilla held grant, funded by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada through their Contributions Program. Eight teen peer researchers, Mozilla staff and academic collaborators made up the project team.

 

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Digital Literacy and Open Source Software
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From 2013-2015, Dr. Karen Smith was a Mitacs Elevate post-doctoral fellow with Mozilla in Toronto. Dr. Smith contributed to building the Hive Toronto digital literacy network with over 60 organizational members. Additionally, she supported research and knowledge synthesis relevant to web literacy, open source software and civic media.