As a collaboratory, our main goal is to inspire and create opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration in studying and addressing the sociotechnical and technological aspects of wearables and emerging technologies by designing, deveopling, and evaluating innovative solutions for learners, educators, researchers, and organizations. Our current research activities go beyond the walls of Nolte Center from the Department of Writing Studies to several corners of the campus including LATIS and the Center for Educational Innovation.
Calling all students, faculty, and interested individuals
The beauty of a collaboratory lies in its fluidity. The WRC is part think tank, part laboratory, a dynamic space where ideas are born, bred, and brought to fruition. These ideas could take many forms: a pitch or plan for incorporating an emerging technology into a company, event, or course you are taking or teaching; a desire to play around with a wearable technology’s possibilities and limitations; or even just a general excitement about, or discomfort with, what technology is doing today.
Our meetings take many shapes based on who’s doing what, where, and when. Meeting time can consist of paper/project workshopping; partnering with other interested people, groups, companies, and organizations; research method instruction; and hands-on experimentation with the spectrum of technologies available at LATIS. Inviting these possibilities makes the WRC environment, and the work it inspires, particularly iterative, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural by employing a nonjudgmental approach when eliciting and offering feedback, in which critique and suggestions are not only welcomed, but considered critical to an idea’s growth. Whatever your aim—whether to observe, brainstorm, experiment, research, or exchange feedback—all you need to bring to the WRC is a curiosity about wearable technologies and their implications for how work, learn, and live.