Com 174 – Big Brother/Big Data

Digital mapping and virtual reality (VR) applications are expanding the immersive potential of student learning and classroom instruction. The increasing availability of powerful, inexpensive tools to hybridize digital mapping and 3D imagery creates powerful incentives to produce pedagogical tools to bridge the divide between digital and physical worlds. This interdisciplinary project “Stepping into the Map: Using Virtual Reality and Digital Mapping to Increase Experiential Learning Across Disciplines” will integrate VR and digital mapping tools into two class projects. Students will produce shareable, mapped, immersive experiences that explore the surveillance culture and historical land use changes of Creighton University’s campus. In addition to offering an experiential learning opportunity for students, this project will test the potential of this hybrid strategy in the context of digital humanistic pedagogy and assess its added value for teaching and learning in communications studies and history.