Virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D digital environments are witnessing explosive growth in research and teaching, but faculty and staff who could benefit from these techniques do not have equal access to the tools they need. Hardware and software used in the creation of 3D environments is expensive; institutional policies and commitment are highly variable; and some who would benefit lack confidence with the technology. The Immersive Global Middle Ages Institute provides a diverse cohort of medievalists with both theoretical and practical training in the creation and implementation of 3D objects and environments for research and teaching. The Institute will meet online three times each semester and will have two in-person four-day summer workshops over a two-year period (January 2022-November 2023). By the end of the Institute, participants will have considered the research around using 3D environments, developed 3D object assets and worlds, and authored teaching resources to pass on their new skills to students and colleagues.
Given that many participants will lack the necessary robust computing hardware and software needed to participate in the workshops, the Institute will award technology stipends to participants for the purchase of an Alienware computer customized for immersive technology, monitor, keyboard/mouse, and a 3-year onsite support/warranty; an Oculus Rift headset; and a two-year license for Trimble SketchUp Pro modeling software.
Initial details about the Institute can be found here: https://grants.uccs.edu/igma/
All are welcome to apply. Recognizing the need to address digital divides in higher education, this Institute will prioritize the professional development of participants who are members of underrepresented ethnic, cultural, and religious communities; women; diverse gender identities; and those who work at institutions serving those communities. Expenses to attend the in-person workshops are also covered by the institute.
We will begin accepting formal applications for the institute in late September 2021. To receive updates on the application process, please send your name, position, institution, and email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.