JMU X-Labs is a model of education specifically designed to teach innovation with intention. Its transdisciplinary programming challenges students to take ownership of their education, pivot creatively, and confidently tackle problems that resist easy solutions. The “X” in JMU X-Labs represents the variable of discipline—any and every major is welcome.

At a time when higher education is trying to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs in industry, it is increasingly important to provide students with skills that go beyond traditional expectations. With its transdisciplinary courses, JMU X-Labs challenges students to investigate all aspects of a problem, collaborate with industry professionals and peers from different majors, iterate ideas and welcome meaningful failure to solve real problems. Courses are shared across departments and in collaboration with experts in various fields across the country.

Through collaboration, learners build
confidence and seize opportunities to innovate.

Our vision is to lead a global movement
that makes passionate problem-solving a way of life.

What is JMU X-Labs?

This is the future of education.

Seán McCarthy Associate Professor of WRTC

I wish education was more like this. It’s so much more rewarding.

Cassandra Hagstoz Computer Information Systems

This sort of study better prepares students for the real world and gives prospective employers confidence.

U.S. Special Operations Command Army unit

Never have I felt so accomplished in a college course!

Madi Schultz Independent Scholars and Media Arts & Design

[The students] were well-prepared and extremely articulate about the problem set, their teamwork, and how they arrived at their solution.

Andrea Limbago Chief Social Scientist at Endgame

JMU X-Labs is an important part of our current, and future, economic ecosystem. Keep growing, creating and innovating, JMU X-Labs!

Harrisonburg Economic Development Harrisonburg, VA

Since I took the JMU X-Labs H4D class, companies (IBM, Accenture, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton) are amazed when I tell them I’ve done iterative/scrum-type work for a government client already.

Cassandra Hagstoz Computer Information Systems

from 55+ majors

Faculty teams from
10+ departments

Partners from
29 organizations

Scholarly activity

See list of scholarly activity

2 Governor’s Technology Awards

For innovative use of technology in education

September 2017 – JMU X-Labs program
September 2018 – Autonomous Vehicles class

80 News features

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Administrative team

Nick Swayne
Founding Director

Kelsey Hartman
Assistant Director

Kim Fisher
Director of Communications

Emily Winter
Director of Programming

Aaron Kishbaugh
Lab Manager