Thanks to Sean Hauze, Polly Card, and James Frazee for organizing such an amazing event! The CSU Immersive Learning Summit hosted attendees from 23 California State University campuses as well as industry leaders. Special thanks to Ethan Garcia and his crew for creating this awesome video about what we are doing at SDSU. A special shout-out to my students David San Juan and Dwayne Wilkes who are featured in this piece.
Two days ago, I was privileged to share how I am incorporating VR and AR into my Humanities 409 class with San Diego State’s Center for Teaching and Learning. This journey began last year with Dalton Salvo’s invitation to experiment with Virtual Reality, and has evolved into a Humanities class that now has “lab time” built in.
We use VR and AR to physically to explore theory and to practice responsive critique to examinations of middleware. Below is a snapshot from one of the course syllabi.
These explorations allow for social constructions to be interrogated in innovative and improvisational ways. By incorporating dedicated time in class to experimentation, and students reflecting on those experiences, I hope to collect data that will help create a new structure to specific Humanities classes-a format that supports Digital Humanities experiential learning and students’ ability to express their ideas.
Untitled (Your body is a battleground), 1989
Photographic silkscreen on vinyl
Sharing a statement from the Department of Women’s Studies at SDSU on November 15, 2016.
We are the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University, and in light of the unprecedented presidential campaign and election, we want to reaffirm unambiguously who we are and what we believe in. We cannot and will not endorse a leader whose campaign was built on hate and abuse. We will continue to point out and challenge the many ways that sexism undermines the accomplishments of women and silences their voices, and we will never stop fighting for all women to be able to control their own bodies. We reject any attempt to normalize sexual assault, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, and Islamophobia, as well as the vilification of immigrants and the disabled. We believe that affordable college education is a powerful vehicle for fighting widespread ignorance and hatred, and we remain committed to teaching for social justice and critical consciousness. We are in solidarity with all communities who have been marginalized, ostracized, and made more vulnerable by this election. Our feelings and our fears are valid. We are heartsick, we are appalled, and we are resolute. We are feminists of all genders, sexualities, races and faiths, and we will continue to fight.
I’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!
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.