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Looking to try something innovative (or even disruptive) to enhance student learning in your course? Want to empower your students through hands-on exploration of future technologies? Want to take a no pressure, no cost, introduction to virtual reality, artificial intelligence, gaming, media production, and a variety of maker technologies? The CITL Innovation Spaces are for you! We are located on the first floor, east side of the Armory building and have something for every discipline.

The Innovation Studio (172 Armory) is a 25-seat space lined with VR headsets, gaming computers, 3D printers, video wall, laser cutter, robots, drones, metaverse examples, artificial intelligence, and more.

The Virtual Reality Lab (173 Armory) is a small research and design lab, where people can reserve time/space/computing to work on virtual (and extended) reality research and projects. It also houses a green screen and streaming station for broadcasting and photography.

The CITL IDEASpace (182 Armory) is an experimental teaching space where CITL experts work with instructors to try new and innovative ways of teaching in person, online, or hybrid. Got an idea and need a space to try something new for your teaching? Let us know!

And finally, the Media Hub and Learning Lounge (156 Armory) are located in a multi-use space where instructors can learn more about media hardware to maximize their online presence without breaking the bank develop, and design or redesign a course with assistance from CITL teaching and learning experts.

CITL Innovation Spaces are free and open to all.

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Get involved

The CITL Innovation Spaces offer unique opportunities for everyone to get involved in transforming teaching and learning at the University of Illinois. Here are just a few ideas.

Faculty: Work with our consultants to explore an emerging technology or re-imagine your teaching. Share your passion in our Teaching Innovations Seminar Series. Partner with us on project-based activities or let CITL serve as your client for real-world learning opportunities. Schedule your course or class session in one of our new CITL Innovation Spaces.

Students: Explore the latest technologies in our hands-on, interactive exhibits. Stop by to try a virtual reality experience. Collaborate with your teammates on project-based work in a high-tech ideation space. Practice your presentation skills at open mic night or share your expertise through student-led workshops.

Campus Units: Reach more students with a sponsored exhibit in the Innovation Studio. Join the consortium of open-access spaces on campus for cross-promotion and referrals.

Corporate Partners: Increase exposure to your latest products through a featured exhibit or in-kind donation. Sponsor a showcase event to highlight the educational impact of your products and services. Work with us to gather student input and feedback.

We'd love to hear your ideas! Contact Us using the button below.

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