The Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET) was founded in 1999 to study the potential of technology to improve teaching and learning.

The overall mission of RCET is to serve as the University and College’s flagship center for research, policy, and practice related to cutting-edge technologies in teaching and learning. Such technologies have included 3D, mobile learning, online and blended learning, games and simulations, and virtual reality.  RCET researchers explore the use and impact of these technologies while providing research, practice, and policy guidelines in three major settings:

  1. K-12 Classroom/Content Integration
  2. Teacher Professional Development
  3. Learning in out-of-school/informal settings (e.g. Medicine, Public Parks, Government, Military, etc.)

A core component of RCET’s work is the AT&T Classroom, created in 1998 to give Ohio students and teachers technology-rich classroom experiences, to support pre-service teacher education and teacher professional development concerning educational technologies, and to explore how the use of digital technologies affects teaching and learning.

Some of our current projects include:

Visit the following project websites to access information regarding recently completed RCET projects:


RCET History

Established in 1999, the Research Center for Educational Technology is housed in Moulton Hall on the campus of Kent State University. One of the five original buildings on the Kent campus, Moulton Hall opened in 1917 as a dormitory for women. New dorm construction during the 1950s allowed for the conversion of Moulton Hall to be used for administrative offices and classrooms until the aging building was closed in 1969.

Students use tablets as a valuable learning resourceFollowing extensive renovations, the building was re-opened in 1998 as the Moulton Hall Learning Technologies Center and designed to be a state-of-the-art hub for Kent State initiatives in the applied use of educational technology. Such initiatives included the Ameritech Classroom, now known as the AT&T Classroom.

With support from The Ameritech Foundation, the classroom was designed under the leadership of Dr. Dale L. Cook, who at the time held the positions of Associate Dean and Summit Professor in Learning Technologies. Additional funding from the Ohio Board of Regents and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation allowed for expansion of the initial facility in 1999 to include a research arm and network now known as The Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET).

Over the years, the mission and work of RCET has continued to advance with additional funding from numerous grants and foundations including the AT&T Foundation, GAR Foundation, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ohio Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Education.

 


RCET Project Partners

RCET values collaborative partnerships with other agencies and educational institutions who share the vision for exploring the use of innovative technologies to improve teaching and learning. Current partners include: