Explore the Learning Innovations Lab - DI's Newest Node

Design Innovations’s newest node brings the future of education to campus.

The Learning Innovations Lab, located in White Hall, joins 25+ DI nodes at Kent State. The node’s divergence from the traditional makerspace - technology in the lab largely focuses on education - gives it a distinct presence on campus. 

student drawing on board

“I think the lab really is a catalyst for change, to help inspire students and faculty alike to try new things, collaborate with students and staff and to learn from one another,” said Julee Henry, Ph.D., director of Technology and Instructional Resources in the College of Education, Health and Human Services

The space gives preservice teachers, health sciences students, faculty, staff and curious people alike access to cutting-edge classroom technology. Some featured technology includes Ozobots, interactive screens that take a new approach to remote learning and Merge Cubes that allow students to hold “a galaxy in the palm of their hand,” “fossils and ancient artifacts” or anything the user wishes. Making this technology available to students is bound to enhance the STEM experience on campus.

student working on laptop

“The Learning Innovations Lab gives our students an advantage, because they are afforded hands-on experience with emerging technology,” Henry said. “So, they are not only capable, but also skilled in writing their lesson plans and building curriculum around using technology. Whereas students at other universities who haven't had the same experience with these emerging technologies have to bridge a gap in their education.”

The Learning Innovations Lab is located in White Hall, Room 210 and is open to all Kent State students. Contact Julee Henry, Ph.D. via email (jahenry2@kent.edu) for more information.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 10:28 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 03:02 PM
Alton Northup