So much fun! Almost 80 University of Ottawa students and high-school students joined Information Technology on July 25 to help craft University of Ottawa’s new vision for technology.
It was a day of firsts. The session inaugurated the high-tech classrooms in the new Learning Crossroads (CRX) building. Moreover, a new mechanism to obtain input was employed, design thinking.
It was a morning filled with lollipops, drawing superpowers and personas, and a guessing game all while testing the new tech! Leave your egos at the door, be open and honest, have fun, and enjoy yourselves were the only instructions for the participants.
The participants used design thinking to explain what technology is and how we can improve the uOttawa student experience. They had to dig deep. The session started by discussing generic ideas and then the focus switched onto specific concepts to identify the uOttawa student’s expectations, needs, and wants in terms of technology.
The participants worked in teams sharing ideas on interactive apps and screens. Inspiration came flooding in right off the bat. They explained what the future of technology on campus looks like, going
from what technology is to innovative ideas to change the world. The participants were not short on ideas! A uOttawa Augmented Reality (AR) and VR (Virtual Reality) campus map, VR-based teaching, uOttawa becoming the city fiber optics internet provider offering city-wide Wi-Fi, or having all students’ schedules synced up via a single app.
The event was also a great opportunity for members of several University services to work together and test the new tech. The input provided by the students will be essential to the development of uOttawa’s strategic plan for Information Technology for the next three years.