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Robert Luke

Vice-President, Research & Innovation, OCAD University

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Robert Luke is Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University. His expertise is in human-centered knowledge media design, working at the intersections of education and information science to produce useful and useable technology to support education, health and innovation systems. Human-centered design and participatory design (PD) offer a broad set of methodologies that encompass ways in which end users of systems are engaged in co-creation of artifacts describing their work, often leading to changes in practice. This is a design approach that seeks participant engagement as a means by which technologies and their operational contexts can be co-created, developed and deployed. In recent years PD has given rise to Participatory Innovation, design-centered approaches to fostering intentional innovation for social and economic development.

With over 15 years of experience working in progressive and growth-oriented academic environments, Luke is a recognized leader in research, innovation and research administration. Prior to joining OCAD University Dr Luke was Vice-President, Research and Innovation at George Brown College, where he used the principles of human-centered design to create a nationally recognized applied research center. Under his leadership, from inception in 2007 until 2016 the College conducted applied research with over 780 partners and provided research experience to 7592 students, raising over $96M in public and private funding to support applied research in firms, hospitals and the nonprofit sector.

At OCAD University Dr Luke is responsible for the strategic leadership, implementation and expansion of the university’s research and research-creation capacity, including its research infrastructure and the development of academic business and incubation initiatives. His current focus is on public+private partnerships for research and development aligned with the use of mechanisms such as Technology Readiness Levels and change management practices to support product, process and organizational innovation. This work prioritizes the role of innovation intermediaries, the ability to form and foster partnerships within an organization, region or cluster, and the teaching of the skills and competencies required to support and sustain innovation-related activities.

Dr Luke served as Expert Panelist, Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel review of Science and Technology in Canada, 2011-2012, and is currently serving on the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel Review of The State of Science and Technology and the State of Industrial Research & Development in Canada. 2016-17. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canadian education and innovation.

Select Publications and Contributions

Luke, R. Budget critics miss the point: The future of education is the foundation for innovation. Re$earch Money. Number 5, Volume 31. April 27 2017

Carey, T., Luke, R., and Maxwell, A. The Innovation-Enabled Graduate as an Undergraduate Degree Level Expectation. Research presentation for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2016 Conference. London ON, June 2016

Luke, R. Innovative proposals for an innovation minister. Re$earch Money. Number 10 / Volume 30. June 23, 2016

Luke, R. Online Badges for Skills and Achievement in Applied Research. Advancing Learning. Ottawa, On. 3-5 June 2015

Luke, R., Berthiaume, D., Luiken, M., Trauttmansdorff, C., van den Berg, B. Supporting Industry Innovation Through a Network of Technology Access Centres. Colleges and Institutes Canada Annual Conference. 30 May – 1 June 2016. Quebec, QC.

Luke, R. 2013. Measuring Innovation Skills Acquired by Students in Colleges and Polytechnic Institutes through Applied Research. Technology Innovation Management Review. October 2013: 36–43.

O’Grady, L, Wathen, N., Charnw-Burger, J., Betel L., Shachak, A., Luke, R., Hockema, S., Jadad, A. (2012) The use of tags and tag clouds to discern credible content in online health message forums. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 81(1), 36-44.

Atack, L. & Luke, R. (2011). The impact of validated, online health education resources on patient and community members’ satisfaction and health behaviour. Health Education Journal. Published first online on January 7, 2011: doi:10.1177/0017896910393785

Solomon P, Baptiste S, Hall P, Luke, R., Orchard C, Rukholm E, Carter L, King S, Damiani-Taraba G. (2010) Students’ perceptions of interprofessional learning through facilitated online learning modules. Medical Teacher, 32, e384-391.

Luke, R., Solomon, P, Baptiste, S, Hall, P, Orchard, C, Rukholm, E, Carter, L. Online Interprofessional Health Sciences Education: From Theory to Practice. J. of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 29 (3) Summer 2009. 161-167.

Fok, D, Polgar, J, Shaw, L, Luke, R., Maudich, A. Cyberspace, Real Place: Thoughts on Doing in Contemporary Occupations. J. of Occupational Science, 16(1) April 2009. 38-43.

Atack, L. & Luke, R. (2009). Improving infection control competency through online learning. Nursing Times, 105, (4), 30-32.

Atack, L., & Luke, R., The impact of an online course on nurses’ and allied health professionals’ competency in infection prevention and control (2008). J of Advanced Nursing, 63 (2), 175-180.

Atack, L., Luke, R., Chien, E. “The evaluation of patient satisfaction with tailored online patient education information.” Computers, Informatics, Nursing Sep/Oct 2008. 26(5) 258-264.