Creating an Innovation Space to Solve Real-World Problems
James Madison University’s JMU X-Labs goes beyond making, encouraging students to tackle transdisciplinary challenges through collaboration, creativity and technology.
In higher education, we’re preparing students for the real world. This means giving them hands-on experience finding solutions to problems that they might encounter when they are in the workforce. At James Madison University in Virginia we took this approach when we created our version of an innovation space: JMU X-Labs.
If you want to have a program that truly prepares students — that is, one that teaches collaboration and critical thinking skills, draws students from all disciplines and supports innovative real-world projects — you have to start by making sure…