Spring 2021 - IAT 805 G100

Research Colloquium

Class Number: 6691

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    Enrollment in the SIAT graduate program.



Through an interdisciplinary speaker series, presents research topics relevant to the SIAT graduate program. Engages students in discussion and debate on the utility, results and methods of research. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


The Graduate Research Colloquium aims to be a forum for the building of community, for exposure to diversity of research work and method, for fostering understanding of disciplinary commonalities and differences. SIAT is a strongly interdisciplinary program and the Research Colloquium aims to reflect this by exposing students to a broad range of approaches to methods and research in the areas of Interactive Arts, Design, Science, and Technologies. Through this colloquium series, presentations by SIAT faculty, SFU non-SIAT faculty and outside visitors will be scheduled alongside presentations by students. Where possible, presentations by international visiting researchers will be integrated into the program. The emphasis is on a community of research which includes students. The Colloquium is seen as an important counterpoint to the introduction to the research methods course. Topics depend on the scheduling of presentations. A presentation schedule will be determined closer to the beginning of the semester. At times, the sequence may shift to accommodate visitors.

In Spring 2021, all sessions will be conducted remotely. Students are encouraged to join the live sessions during the scheduled course time if possible. The presentations will be recorded and shared in the course Canvas site for those who are not able to join synchronously.


By particiating in this course, students will:

  • Be introduced to their graduate cohort and SIAT faculty
  • Learn more about the different areas of research and faculty interests, allowing you a better basis on which to choose committee members and your own research direction.
  • Be exposed to the work of researchers and industry folks beyond the University, drawn from regional and international venues, to keep you informed about related research to the SIAT program.
  • Receive a platform for presentation of your own research, at whatever stage you may find yourself.
  • Be aware of the diversity of research areas, methodologies and practices relevant to the intersecting areas that make up SIAT locally and internationally.
  • Learn skills and knowledge to help you succeed as a SIAT grad student



Students will be evaluated on their participation in this course. Participation in Spring 2021 includes remote attendance at the weekly online presentations and discussion, or asynchoronous engagement (eg. written response or online discussion) with the weekly recorded session. Additionally, students might be required to make a presentation based on their own research and/or introduce a guest speaker. This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Failure to attend regularly will lead to course failure.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).