The Technology, Education, and Communication Hub (SIS TECHub) is a lab designed to be interdisciplinary and collaborative.


SIS TECHub is housed in the School of Information Science (SIS), an academic unit encompassing instructional communication research (ICR), information and communication technology (ICT), communication and information studies (CIS), library and information science (LIS), and information studies (IS). The lab, serving staff, faculty, and students in the School, serves to advance the School’s ability to conduct research and to address forward thinking research problems using cutting edge technology. Technology contained in this lab allows for recording interactions, displaying stimulus materials, collecting continuous responses and psychometric data, virtual reality equipment, and more. The possibilities for research and learning are limitless with these tools in the hands of our students and faculty.

SIS TECHub was the recipient of a small grant and ongoing study, “Incorporating Virtual Reality Into the Classroom: Student and Faculty Perspectives and Outcomes”, which allows researchers more opportunities to study VR and the learning capabilities behind it. For example, researchers from the TECHub recently conducted a campus session titled “Back to Virtual Reality: Enhancing Students’ Speech Rehearsals and Performance Through Technology”


Recent Publications

Here we've highlighted recent research coming out of the SIS TECHub. You can find these articles on the uky libraries page ( See information below on how to locate them.

     Vallade, J. I., Kaufmann, R., Frisby, B.N., & Martin, J. (2020). Technology Acceptance Model: Investigating students' intentions toward adoption of virtual reality for public speaking rehearsals. Communication Education. doi:           10.1080/03634523.2020.1791351

     Frisby, B.N., Vallade, J.I., & Kaufmann, R., Frey, T.K., & Martin, J.C., & (2020) Using virtual reality for speech rehearsals: An innovative instructor approach to enhance student public speaking efficacy. Basic Communication           Course Annual. 33, 59-78.


TECHub at STEM Camp 2019

TECHub members participated in the See Blue STEM Camp and introduced virtual reality to the student campers. This was an excellent tool to teach these students about the technology behind VR and spark their creativity.

For more information on the camp and our involvement, see the following links:

Contact Us

Brandi Frisby and Renee Kaufmann co-direct this valuable resource for the School of Information Science. For more information regarding SIS TECHub contact them at brandi.frisby [at]  or  Renee.Kaufmann [at] .