The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies is home to multiple institutes and laboratories where graduate students gain hands-on experience with the technologies and theories used in their fields. SISLT believes in not just teaching theory, but putting theory into practice. Under the guidance of our exceptional faculty students will gain real-world experience doing what others only talk about.

Adroit Studios
Mission Hydro-Science Unit 4 Screenshot
Mission Hydro-Science Unit 4 Screenshot

Adroit Studios is an interdisciplinary team devoted to researching and developing video games. Working with our team can provide valuable project based experience for a wide range of skills and interests. The Design team leads brainstorms, writes documents, and works with curricular experts to envision the best possible game experience to accomplish each learning objective. Our Art team uses cutting edge software to make 3D models, 2D graphics, animations, and special effects; used to create our beautiful, exciting 3D worlds players will want to explore. The Development team uses Unity and Perforce, both industry standard technologies, to bring the worlds to life and create custom gameplay interactions. Once we have a playable demo, our Usability team conducts user testing collecting screen recordings, eye-tracking, psychophysiology measures, and interviews to get formative feedback for the game design and development. During the user testing, the Learning Analytics team gathers logs of user behaviors during gameplay, and uses machine learning algorithms to analyze them for patterns of success or patterns of players who need some kind of help. Also every project has a Curriculum team of subject matter experts to set learning objectives, design solutions, and review the curricular implementation to assure it has the impact we’re aiming for.

Visit the Adroit Studios Gaming Lab website or contact Joe Griffin at GriffinJG@missouri.edu for more information.

Digitization Station

Audio tape with label "Love that radio KOPN"The Digitization Station supports SISLT’s collaboration with KOPN Community Radio in providing access to time-based public media. As a participant in the IMLS-funded Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowships (PBPF), the MU iSchool is committed to students’ skills-building with audiovisual archives. Students in the Archival Studies emphasis encounter audiovisual topics and issues throughout their coursework, in preparation for professional practice. Through ongoing activities including Audio Preservation Workshops and Research Discussion at The Bridge, the Digitization Station provides students with research experiences related to the expression, digitization, preservation and study of a community archive of national significance. Our KOPN subcollection in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting continues to expand at https://americanarchive.org/special_collections/kopn-women.

Contact Dr. Sarah Buchanan at buchanans@missouri.edu for more information.

Information Experience Laboratory

IE Lab Team — Research Assistants and Director: (left-to-right) Yen-Mei Lee, Nathan Riedel, Minh Pham, Carl Hewitt, Gayathri Sadanala, Hao He, and Isa Jahnke (Research Director).The Information Experience Laboratory (IE Lab, founded in 2003, first usability lab in Missouri) is a learning design and user experience laboratory, as well as an enterprise for research, teaching and service in technology and pedagogical usability. The IE Lab has the mission to improve learning technologies, information and communication systems. We conduct research and evaluate digital technology for clients in diverse fields such as journalism, healthcare, computer science, engineering and education. The IE lab offers hands-on training conducting usability studies in real-world settings as our faculty and student practitioners working on projects with clients together.

The IE Lab has expertise in:

  • human-centered design (Human-Computer Interaction, HCI),
  • usability evaluation,
  • user experience (UX) and learner experience (LX) in the field of learning design and technologies, and
  • sociotechnical integration analysis — how technology impacts workflow change.

We apply a variety of usability and UX methods including Think Aloud, Task Analysis, Focus Groups and experimental settings. We also offer workshops, professional consulting, usability courses, and internship opportunities.

Visit the IE Lab website for further information, contact us via email at ielab@missouri.edu or Dr. Jahnke, jahnkei@missouri.edu, phone at (573) 884-1568. Meet us in our new location in 119 Townsend Hall, on campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia.

WeMake — Design & Learn Lab

wemake design learn lab pdf icon, click to downloadThe WeMake — Design & Learn Lab is a makerspace located in 101A Townsend Hall. This lab offers all students at MU hands on experience with 3D printing, Scanning, CNC routing, and the makerspace culture. In lab, students are given the opportunity to see their creations and class projects come to life. By first teaching students how to use the 3D printers in lab, they are then challenged with creating designs and CAD drawings of their own to prototype on the printers.

At the moment, the lab houses two Afinia H800 printers, a Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer, a Carbide Nomad 883 CNC router, a computer to run the modeling programs, and countless past projects and prints to inspire the students.

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