inspired lab A research space for experiential learning in information technology

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A research space for experiential learning in information technology.

About Us

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

To nurture others toward achieving their full potential.

To develop servant leaders and change agents through a dynamic experiential learning environment where mistakes lead to new insights and learning opportunities.

InspirEd Lab is a community of students, educators, designers, researchers, and developers working on experiments ideated to advance the development of experiential learning in information technology into new spaces. The InspirEd Lab provides an open, collaborative environment for interdisciplinary exploration, where students and professionals learn together as a team.


We believe in challenges

"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something." - Randy Pausch

Our approach is an immersive learning experience, combining design thinking, lean and agile principles, iterative development, active learning, storytelling, and a healthy dose of experimentation.

Our most successful students are driven and motivated. They possess the curiosity and determination to drive and sustain a project from start to finish. They are comfortable with ambiguity and embrace change. They have a strong desire to raise the bar, discover challenging questions, and research their paths to the answers.

InspirEd Lab is an immersive learning experience where NIU students, faculty, and professionals collaborate at the junction of storytelling, design, and information technology. Taking on challenging projects, we research innovative approaches and develop solutions employing cutting-edge tools and techniques — validating learning along every step of the exploratory path.

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Our Values

"You can only create new value when you protect what is already valuable." - Jurgen Appelo


Shapeshifting, constantly adapting, evolving; self-motivated pursuit of knowledge as a lifelong process, from our interactions with our community and others


Making others excited and interested in the goals of the team; firing up the enthusiasm chords and inspiring collaborative work.


Give undivided attention to the people, problems, celebrations, and opportunities they encounter; make each situation the most important moment.


Mental and emotional strength enabling courage in the face of adversity; courage to do what is best and persevere while working on tough problems.

We rise up to the challenge, embrace change, and are energized by working on difficult problems worth solving. We believe in the process as much as the outcome.

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Read more about what we do and our philosophy. The work and results we achieved are the fruit our highly motivated team who is tenaciously committed to our vision.

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