Virtual Immersive Teaching & Learning

Yesterday was my first prep day experimenting with the capabilities of AH1120 that will be basecamp for Humanities 409 [Honors]. The course, entitled “The Future”, engages with speculative, pop-ontological, and techno-anxiety inducing sci-fi to explore the broad spectrum of realities presented in visual as well as written narratives, and to critique the social constructions of bodies and spaces in futuristic narratives. Last year we had the privilege of being introduced to VR thanks to Dalton Salvo (Ph.D. candidate, U.C. Irvine), who was creating his M.A. thesis in Virtual Reality and generously shared the experience with my Humanities class and many others. The experience of VR connected the course’s theory work in the exploration of reality from Jean Baudrillard, Lewis Carroll, Alan Turing, and Albert Einstein (to name a few). It gave the students a physical space to engage with theory, ultimately providing an active learning experience. To view my student’s Jessica’s Vlog reflection, please click here.

Thanks to the hard work and innovative ideas of Rudy Arias, Sean Hauze, and Polly Card from ITS, VR has become a present actuality in the classroom and beyond at SDSU. Not only do we have access to VIVE, but Rifts, Hololens, and 360 Cameras. AH1120 now operates as an interactive learning space AND a lab. With this capability, our class can continue engage in discussion with digital visualizations operated through 5 screens, iPads, and airplay but also pivot gears and dive into physical explorations of social constructions, testing boundaries and borders of contrived realities.

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Digital Communication Across the Curriculum at SDSU

CTL CL Poster_finalI’m so very excited about our upcoming showcase of digital pedagogy projects that have been implemented this year-and even more honored to have a few of my students showcase their work and present with me!

Digital Tools Workshop Pedagogy Ideas

The Digital Tools Workshop at SDSU that I led yesterday spurred some great ideas from the attendees! Love meetings when the creativity is flowing! Thanks to Jessica Pressman for inviting me to present-looking forward to my next tools workshop in the new year. Notes are linked here to out Center for Teaching and Learning Blog.

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Digital Tools Workshop Pedagogy Ideas

The Digital Tools Workshop at SDSU that I led yesterday spurred some great ideas from the attendees! Love meetings when the creativity is flowing! Thanks to Jessica Pressman for inviting me to present-looking forward to my next tools workshop in the new year. Notes are linked here to out Center for Teaching and Learning Blog.

Digital Humanities Tools

This Friday I will be leading a Digital Tools Workshop at SDSU. All faculty, members of the SDSU Digital Humanities Community, and graduate students are welcome! I will be demonstrating two tools that I began using initially to help me with research for my thesis and that evolved into platforms that I have incorporated into the classroom.

The first tool that I will discuss is timerime. This is a…

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Digital Humanities Tools

This Friday I will be leading a Digital Tools Workshop at SDSU. All faculty, members of the SDSU Digital Humanities Community, and graduate students are welcome! I will be demonstrating two tools that I began using initially to help me with research for my thesis and that evolved into platforms that I have incorporated into the classroom.

The first tool that I will discuss is timerime. This is a digitized timeline platform that is open-sourced and free to use. Its beauty as a DH tool is that it allows for multi-modal information to be incorporated into a linear format that is easy to display. Initially I used this platform to demonstrate the historiographical information that I was working with in my thesis research- and then to overlap important musicians and musical events and look for post-structural overlap in the intellectual and performative plains. Its second utilization was in my thesis introduction itself as a static PDF with an active hyperlink to my interactive data. My artifacts within the timeline are images (JPGS), music (Mp3s), YouTube videos (Mp4s), and dates of publications, performances, as well as events.

In my undergraduate History classes where we discuss United States History up until the Reconstruction, the timeline has become an integral part of our historical conversations. Student Digital Facilitators, that lead our class discussion and direct the historical inquires that take place in our 50 minute classes, plot dates, events, images, people, and anything else that they deem important into the timeline. This is projected so that the whole class can participate, analyze, and discuss the context of the material we are talking about. Below is an example of one of the timelines (we have multiple timelines per class).

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The second tool I will discuss is FREEMIND which is a mind-mapping tool. This free platform allowed me  to create a non-linear outline for my thesis which can be easily shared for presentations or as an attachment. These simple features make it a great tool for graduate students planning their work and needing to share it with others. The platform also helps organize materials on your computer by creating short-links. This feature is extremely helpful when you are organizing articles, primary sources of all types, as well as linking to external sources. EVERYTHING is at your fingertips with this tool. Life-saving.