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The Center for Instructional Technology Solutions in Industry and Education



CITSIE is a research and development center with a focus in the following areas:

  • Design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences
  • Distance learning
  • Health promotion
  • Preparation of instructional technology professionals
  • Innovations in technology

Our mission is to provide instructional technology research and outreach in cooperation with clients and partners in

  • Community health settings,
  • K-12 education,
  • Higher education, as well as other
  • Private sector and government settings.

IDEAS research group explores critical and creative thinking


In support of the proposed Center for Creative Technologies in the Arts, a CITSIE-sponsored research team led by Dr. Kathy Cennamo has been laying the foundation for future instruction in critical and creative thinking. The Integrated Design/Education/Arts Studio (IDEAS) will be an integral part of the Center, providing instructional materials for classrooms from preschool to high school. The Studio will create a unique academic environment that develops research methods and learning models in creative technologies to advance creative and critical thinking skills through the merger of arts and technology, with a focus on improved learning and performance in all subject matters.

The IDEAS research team has explored similar centers around the country to determine Virginia Tech’s niche in studying creative technologies in the arts. While other centers combine two of the three components of arts, technology, and education, no one else combines all three in the way the proposed Center plans to work.

In addition, the IDEAS research team has examined current research in critical and creative thinking and found that researchers do not agree on the definition of this kind of thinking. In response, the team examined hundreds of definitions and combined them into a conceptual model that will be used as the foundation for conversations between teachers and artists who want to develop curriculum to teach critical and creative thinking.

In addition to Dr. Cennamo, the IDEAS research team includes Instructional Design & Technology doctoral students Liesl Combs and Sunha Kim, and Dr. Phyllis Leary Newbill.

Contact Information

CITSIE is located in Smyth Hall.



144 Smyth Hall (0488)
Blacksburg VA 24061