Education News

Students from Franklin County Public Schools came out for the inaugural days of the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab on the Virginia Tech Roanoke campus in April.
When the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab opened in Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region in fall 2016, planners were hoping the facility would average 2,000 student visits per year. That estimate was a tad short. In two-and-a-half years, more than 17,000 visitors have walked through the doors of the lab...
Stephen Dixon demonstrates his design of the artifacts and projects section of the online ePortfolios course his graduate class created.
Stephen Dixon, a December 2018 graduate of the master of arts in instructional design and technology program in the Virginia Tech School of Education, demonstrated how to work through his online module about what artifacts and projects to include in an effective career-focused ePortfolio. “...
Simeon Gwayi, director of studies for Mzuzu University, discusses library designs with Virginia Tech students and Mzuzu delegates.
The ashes of burned books formed piles that looked like small mountain ranges. Melted metal beams lay in heaps, and broken glass littered the ground. “It was eerie,” said Amanda Milella, one of five Virginia Tech architecture students who visited Mzuzu University in Malawi in October. It was the ...
Carol Mullen
A stereotype perplexed Carol Mullen. Was there any truth to the notion that the intensive focus on standardized testing meant that Chinese learners lacked creativity and the capacity to be imaginative, innovative, and inventive? After studying this topic in China during her first Fulbright Speci...

Reading Between the Lines

Mary Tackett
The stories were raw and honest. Charged with emotion, words pooled out from the study participants, who were parents and teachers involved with educating students with autism in remote, rural Appalachia. They spoke of both the hardships and the strengths in which tightknit rural communities can com...

Thinkabit Inspires a New Lab

A boy and a girl sketch out a concept together
“This was better than Disney World! Do we get to come back?” a Cedar Point Elementary School student exclaimed after visiting the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech back in April. Cedar Point Principal Mark Marinoble, a Virginia Tech Class of 1995 graduate, felt the same excitement as his stud...
The fraternity Theta Delta Chi Brothers United, in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research , hosted a picnic this past spring for youth and families affected by autism.
The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, in conjunction with local businesses and campus organizations, is embodying the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by working to make events friendlier for youth with sensory challenges. Center director Angela Scarpa, an associate professor of psych...
Two students test their roving, robot vacuum topped with stuffed animals in the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab.
Crafts and tools line the walls inside brightly painted rooms at the end of the first floor hall in Virginia Tech’s Falls Church campus in the National Capital Region. It’s here in the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech that, since 2016, more than 4,000 students and teachers, primarily...
Amy Azano, an assistant professor in the School of Education, spoke about autism care in rural America at TEDxVirginiaTech's 2016 event.
The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research will host a one-day symposium Sept. 15 in Falls Church, Virginia, bringing experts on autism spectrum disorder from Blacksburg to the National Capital Region. The event is geared toward scientists, professionals, educators, students, and health-care pr...
Gerard Lawson
Gerard Lawson, an associate professor in the counselor education program of the Virginia Tech School of Education, assumed the presidency of the American Counseling Association on July 1. Lawson is a past president of both the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and the Virginia C...