The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies is home to multiple learning 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) is a learning laboratory and enterprise for research, teaching and service in technology usability. Here you’ll receive hands-on training conducting usability studies in real-world settings as our faculty and student practitioners share their knowledge and experiences.
Our workshops deal with the “big picture” of usability and its importance in our lives, while our usability and design courses provide a detailed study of usability and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). We cover a variety of usability methods including Think Aloud, Task Analysis and Information Horizons. You’ll learn how to design your own studies and get hands-on training with usability software.
Full-day workshops, usability focused courses, and internship opportunities are a few of the things that make the midwest’s only usability laboratory the place to expand your knowledge of usability and human centered design.
The MU I.C.E. (Innovate, Create, Educate) Lab is a Makerspace located in Townsend 101G in the Reflector (Computer Lab and Library) of 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.