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Grinnell College Immersive Experiences Lab Exploring new ways to approach the liberal arts @GrinnellCollege through 3D, VR, and AR technologies.


An important part of GCIEL activity is to research how immersive environments can support teaching and learning, and to articulate best practices for their use at liberal arts colleges. Below is a growing list of research that has emerged from lab activity. Please let us know if you are interested in presenting a paper on your experiences with immersive environments, would like to explore how immersive environments could benefit your field with a theoretical article, or would like to publish findings on research you have done. We would be happy to step you through the process, connect you with relevant research, and work on developing the paper with you.


Ramey, L., Neville, D, et al. (forthcoming). Findings of the immersive environments colloquium at Vanderbilt University, December 9-10, 2016. Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures.

Georgieva, M., Craig, E., Pfaff, D, Neville, D., & Burchett, B. (2017). 7 Things You Should Know About AR/VR/MR. Washington, DC: EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).

Neville, D., Kelty-Stephen, D., Marzluff, E., Purcell, S., & Rodrigues, L. (forthcoming). Using immersive computing technologies to expand teaching and research in the liberal arts. Redesigning the Liberal Arts: Innovative Program Design for 21st Century Undergraduate Education. Johns Hopkins University Press.


Kelty-Stephen, D. & Neville, D. (2018, May). Grinnell College’s Immersive Experiences Laboratory (GCIEL): Using virtual reality to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in the liberal arts. Presentation at the ELI Online Event | eXtended Reality (XR): How AR, VR, and MR are Extending Learning Opportunities.

Nakahira, S., Segall, Z., & Swoap, R. (2018, April). Visualizing difficult historical realities: The Uncle Sam Plantation project. Poster presented at Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium. Grinnell College, Iowa.

Neville, D. (2018, April). Virtual reality for the liberal arts and social good. Presentation at the HackGC Conference. Grinnell College, Iowa.

Neville, D. & Purcell, S. (2017, November). Visualizing difficult historical realities: The Uncle Sam Plantation project. Poster presented at HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities. Orlando, Florida.

Neville, D. (2017, April). Ab in die Zukunft! Blended learning and immersive environments for German language and culture instruction. Presentation at the Iowa American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Spring Meeting. Grinnell College, Iowa.

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