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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Jahnke, email@example.com, phone at (573) 884-1568. Meet us in our new location in 119 Townsend Hall, on campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The 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.