experiential learning

A Kent State Visual Communication Design (VCD) class is stepping outside the box this semester. VCD students from Assistant Professor Jessica Barness’ Interaction Design class have teamed up with a group of students from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) to reimagine the Akron Innerbelt.


On Tuesday, May 2, the Organizational Communication Training and Development in the School of Communication Studies will hold a showcase of its diversity research work on the third floor of the University Library. It is open to the public. Refreshments will be available at 12:15 p.m. with the program beginning promptly at 12:45 p.m. To help the class prepare for you, please RSVP. 

Professor David LaBelle and a group of five photojournalism students traveled to Kingsport, Tenn., on Nov. 22 to capture images and record footage of the Santa Train, the world’s largest Santa parade.

The Santa Train runs a 110-mile route from Pikeville, Ky., to Kingsport, Tenn., each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in celebration of the holiday season. The Santa Train makes 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, distributing more than 15 tons and $300,000 worth of clothing, food, candy, toys and gifts to thousands of people.

Imagine a future where a consumer scans an item through a window display and purchases it without entering the store. Groceries are ordered at a kiosk for delivery within the hour. Human voice assistance is a standard part of the online shopping experience. Predictive analytics help retailers anticipate a shopper’s behavior. All are examples of how technology will dramatically alter the relationship between business and consumers in the coming years.

The coursework and faculty in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University provide opportunities for students to participate in in-class experiential or service-learning projects to apply the knowledge and skills learned in communication in a practical situation.