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Center for Student Innovation

Design Lab of CSI

Welcome to the Center for Student Innovation!

The Center for Student Innovation (CSI) is a newly developed space located on the lower level of Booth Library. It includes three large areas: an Active Learning Classroom with integrated Design Lab and adjoining breakout rooms; an Innovation Gateway and Community Wall; and a Collaboratory. Renovation of the first phase of the CSI project -- the Active Learning Classroom, Design Lab and breakout rooms  -- was completed in November 2020.

Renovation of the first phase was possible thanks to a grant from the Charleston Area Charitable Foundation. The renovation included new flooring, electrical and Internet upgrades, updated lighting and paint. The space is home to a variety of new technology, including a podcasting studio, gaming computers, 3D printers, Google jamboard, large computer monitors and a green screen, purchased with a grant from the Illinois State Library. Patrons who would like access to the CSI technology should make an appointment with one of our staff members.

In addition, a Technology Checkout Station opened in February 2021. Students with a valid Panther Card may check out technology such as laptop computers, mifi hotspots and webcams for a limited period of time. During the fall semester of 2021, the CSI in Booth Library is open from 2-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 2-4:45 p.m. Friday. The satellite location in Thomas Hall is open from 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Funding for this program was provided through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund.

Programming in the CSI is expected beginning in the fall semester of 2021. The Faculty Development and Innovation Center plans a series of Teaching and Learning Communities to meet in the Active Learning Classroom. Graduate assistants have been hired to oversee the space and implement the technology checkout system. More information on the availability of the CSI will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

To contact the CSI staff, email or call 217-581-6073 during CSI open hours. You may also reserve space in the CSI or make an appointment with one of our experts.


Halloween photoshootsPhotoshoot flyer

Students: Have you ever dreamed of being in the cast of your favorite movie or TV show? Are you creating your spooky and imaginative costumes for Halloween? Stop by the Center for Student Innovation for a photoshoot!

Students who visit the CSI in costume can pose in front of a green screen for a photoshoot, and then share their photos on social media with #CSIHalloween. We’ll even provide instructions on how to use Photoshop to drop your photo into a background that you choose.

Dressing as a spooky ghoul? Insert your image into a frightening background. Appearing as your favorite cast member of “Squid Game”? Place your image right into a scene from the show. We will show you how!

Photoshoots will be offered from Oct. 24-31. Just stop by the Booth Library CSI (first floor) from 2-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday or 2-4:40 p.m. Friday. Or, stop by the Thomas Hall CSI (first floor) from 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

For more information, contact the CSI staff at or 217-581-6073. Follow the CSI on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Wall graphic

Special thanks to Samantha Osborne, assistant professor of graphic design, and EIU graphic design students Kelly Cothern and Katie Lewis, who designed this graphic for the north wall of the CSI.

wall graphic

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