Ryerson University

Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 44,500 students, including 2,400 master’s and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education.

The Centre for Communicating Knowledge (CCK) from the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD), will play a key role in The Conversation and work with all Ryerson faculties to develop new ways to communicate research, assist in the development of multiple media platforms and create innovative outputs.

The CCK’s aim is to find new ways to explore knowledge mobilization. Engaging FCAD students, the CCK will conceptualize and develop various communication assets such as infographics, videos, and animations to enhance our faculty members’ stories.

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The Canadian government wants to offer financial assistance to the news industry. How will it define what’s journalism? . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Funding journalism means defining who’s a journalist – not a bad thing

The Canadian government has announced a new policy of providing financial assistance to the country's news industry. With any financial support will come a need to define who exactly is a journalist.
A new study funded by the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation will investigate the use of learning technologies such as streaming media for people with dementia and those at risk. (Shutterstock)

Study hard and you might lower your chances of dementia

Higher education for seniors shows promise – for combatting social isolation, increasing well-being and delaying the onset, or slowing the progression, of dementia.
People, including the activist group Code Pink, hold signs at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia during a protest about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

In the end, it was Khashoggi’s ‘friends’ who silenced him

Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was no ordinary reporter. His contacts included the Royal Family as well as known terrorists.
The Ontario government “back to basics” approach to the curriculum will not best serve children who need a mixture of traditional and discovery learning methods. Shutterstock

No matter what method is used to teach math, make it fun

Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education Lisa Thompson have told elementary school teachers to expect curriculum change directives for "back to basics" mathematics, a move that could hurt students.
A woman gets back into her flooded car on the Toronto Indy course on Lakeshore Boulevard in Toronto on July 8, 2013. Housing developers are building housing on known flood plains in cities around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Building housing on flood plains another sign of growing inequality

Cities around the world, including Toronto, are building housing on flood plains knowing the risks in the era of climate change. Here's why that will contribute to growing inequality in our cities.
Crazy Rich Asians depicts cosmopolitan rich Asians with complex humanities. Warner Bros.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ – a movie and a movement

Crazy Rich Asians is an entertaining film, but also has been a long time coming. The struggle for Asian representation in Hollywood and Broadway started more than 55 years ago.
Specializing in a specific sport at an early age is not necessary to become an Olympic athlete. In fact, the opposite is true. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The secret formula for becoming an elite athlete

Should athletes who dream of making it to the Olympics start their journey as young children? Research shows that specializing in a specific sport at a young age is not the best approach.
Density is an idea sold to us by corporate developers who want to build on every last bit of green space. To fully enjoy our city now and for the future, we need more public green space.

Toronto needs more beauty in its waterfront designs

As Toronto hurtles towards its population dense future, the making of significant green communities for its waterfront needs to be urgently considered.
Underneath the façade of the Caribbean carnival, historical, cultural and political undercurrents run deep. A parade participant performs during the Grand Parade at last year’s Toronto’s Carnival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Joyous resistance through costume and dance at Carnival

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival reclaims alternative ideals of beauty while building community in Toronto.
President Donald Trump delivers a lot of information through Twitter. Here he speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, March 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The math behind Trump’s tweets

Networks of keywords are analyzed in Donald Trump's tweets from 2015 to the present.
Video games have inspired a revolution in university teaching. Pictured here is a scene from the popular game Fortnite Battle Royale. (Sergey Galyonkin, Epic Games Berlin via Wikimedia Commons)

How playful design is transforming university education

University course designers are harnessing the addictive quality of video games to develop 'Serious educational games' that engage and motivate students.
Jong Seok Kim, a player for the London Spitfires team in the Overwatch League, which gets primetime coverage on ESPN. Will e-sports soon be part of the Olympics? Robert Paul/Blizzard Entertainment

Why e-sports should not be in the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee recently hosted a meeting on e-sports -- organized video competitions. Should e-sports be in the Olympic Games? An Olympian says no.
Will facial recognition software make the world a safer place, as tech firms are claiming, or will it make the marginalized more vulnerable and monitored? Shutterstock

Big Brother facial recognition needs ethical regulations

Facial recognition software is an Orwellian concept that will monitor and regulate the public. Most disturbing is the recent announcement by China to use it in school systems.
Mario Mandzukic celebrates during Croatia’s victory over England in the World Cup semifinal. Croatia’s emphasis of team over individual goals was crucial to its success. AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

What businesses can learn from teamwork at the World Cup

The importance of the team is fundamental in sport -- and in business. A look at how some over-achieving squads performed in the recent World Cup can provide a valuable lesson for business leaders.
The author, Joe Recupero, as he competed in the Tough Mudder race in 2014. Alison Webb

How to use anger as a defence against ageism

Sports can be a healthy place for aggression and combat. It can also be a space for us to build community, test our limits and build resilience - no matter what our age.

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