VR & AR in Humanities Teaching

I want to thank ALL of my wonderful students from THE FUTURE (Humanities 409 and Humanities 409 Honors) at San Diego State University for their energy, enthusiasm, and intellectual curiosity! You are always the inspiration and the guiding force for the design of my courses.

A very special thanks to Ethan Garcia and Polly Card for creating and producing this video to feature my classes. Always a big thanks to the crew at ITS! Especially James Frazee, Sean Hauze, Ku Moua, Boun Moua, Antonio DeNinno, Aurora Jones, Leo Lopez, Wang Yang, and Carol Tohsaku!!!

A BIG Thank You to Stacey Sinclair for always supporting my work with Honors students! AND, last but not least, by DH Family at the SDSU Digital Humanities Initiative and my Classics & Humanities Department!

 

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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.

Augmented Reality in the Classroom

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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.

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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.

American Culture (HUM370) goes totally ONLINE this Summer!

Day 1 of Summer Session 2 begins at SDSU today and we enter our virtual interactions via ZOOM, Tumblr, and WordPress to engage with 20th-century American Culture.

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Solidarity

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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.

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!