Digital Humanities: Immersive Realities


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Digital Humanities: Immersive Realities


This workshop on innovative pedagogies sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council will focus on the use and adoption of virtual reality technologies for the humanities at Lindenwood University and surrounding educational institutions that will include resources, examples, and provide access to the technology. Guest speakers presented on a variety of topics to better engage with students and each other in more effective and immersive ways.

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Dr. David Neville (https://doktorfrag.com) is the Director of the Grinnell College Immersive Experiences Lab (GCIEL) and a Digital Liberal Arts Specialist at Grinnell College. He holds a PhD (2002) in German Language and Literature, with an emphasis in Medieval Studies and Latin, from Washington University in St. Louis and a MS (2007) in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University. He has published on topics related to immersive learning environments, instructional games and simulations, problem-based learning, and the medieval period in Digital Philology, ReCALL, The Foreign Language Annals, Simulation & Gaming, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Journal of Interactive Teaching and Pedagogy, and Mystics Quarterly. His research interests include situated cognition, virtual reality, and digital game-based learning approaches to second language and culture acquisition.

Enrique Cachafeiro has spent the last decade finding ways to evolve the state of the classroom as to take advantage of new instructional technologies and strategies. He specializes in the introduction of new technology, the use of innovative strategies such as blended learning and gamified learning, and in helping teachers and administration adopt these into their districts and classrooms. Mr. Cachafeiro continues to push the envelope by exploring emerging technologies, such as Virtual Reality and Virtual Worlds, as well as video games and their application to both training and compliance for children and adults. He continues to be an advocate for change in education.

Swati Chawla is an assistant professor at the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, O.P. Jindal Global University. She will soon finish her Ph.D. in modern South Asian history at the University of Virginia. While at UVa, she worked as a Pedagogy Specialist for the Digital Humanities Curriculum, and also held the Praxis Fellowship in Digital Humanities at the Scholars’ Lab. Her research is focused on migration and claims of citizenship in the Himalayan regions of postcolonial South Asia. Her work has been supported by the American Institute of Indian Studies, the USAID, the South Asia Institute at Columbia University, and the Institute for Humane Studies, among others. Swati is committed to taking her research to a wider non-specialist audience, and is actively engaged in public-facing scholarship through op-eds, podcasts, and a Twitter channel #himalayanhistories. She is currently a Sacred Writes fellow— a Luce Foundation sponsored program for training in public scholarship on religion at Northeastern University.

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