The Responsible End-User Licensing Lab (REUL Lab) is a “continuous course lab” in sections of Dr. Brian Larson’s course LMC 3403 Technical Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The purpose of the lab is to perform research and inform consumers and businesses about end-user licensing agreements and related texts (EULAs). REUL Lab aims to be at the forefront of research on EULAs, addressing concerns in law, technology policy, ethics, human-computer interaction, and technical communication theory.
Through our research we will:
- encourage responsible license-agreement practices in industry
- increase consumer knowledge of EULAs
- better understand consumer interactions with EULAs
- introduce undergraduates to team-based research projects using frameworks, including communication ethics, from the humanities.
Each semester, students in the lab perform work related to the lab’s objectives, advancing projects as far as they can before handing them off to the next semester’s students. Because EULAs implicate technical communication principles, students learn technical communication theory and communication research methods, and they get hands-on practice with these principles working on the lab’s projects. Students’ final projects include formal reports on their projects that function to hand the projects off to the next semester’s students. These efforts began with Dr. Larson’s spring 2016 section of LMC 3403. They are continuing with the sections in academic year 2016-17.
The work of REUL Lab is funded in part by a grant from the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC) of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. DILAC is funded in turn by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as other sources. Legal research is funded in part by support to Dr. Larson from the office of the Executive Vice President for Research at Georgia Tech.