Advancing Informatics Programs
The iSchool includes Informatics Programs, which fosters cross-campus, interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement involving the application of computing and information in diverse areas. Programs include the PhD in Informatics, MS in Bioinformatics, and minors in Informatics and Game Studies & Design, as well as the CU Community Fab Lab, a makerspace for tinkering, design, and prototyping.
Informatics Programs prepares students for the ubiquitous application of information-based technologies. For example, the minors engage faculty expertise across disciplines in engineering, humanities, science, media, fine and applied arts, business, agriculture, education, and medicine. These agile programs bring opportunities for the iSchool to lead new interdisciplinary initiatives around emerging sociotechnical concerns, to democratize what counts as legitimate ways of knowing and doing, and to build frameworks for the critical thinking and complexity needed to solve global challenges.
The CU Community Fab Lab is committed to creating an open, collaborative, and capacity-building makerspace that builds a dynamic experiential learning environment. The courses offered by the lab utilize hands-on, playful, and experiential learning approaches with a range of technologies. The Fab Lab has significant potential to make the iSchool a destination for learners who are pursuing careers in makerspaces in libraries, education, and youth services, as well as to be a key provider for the iSchool’s lifelong learning and K-12 pipeline efforts.