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The Immersive Learning Office is a service unit that supports immersive activities across campus. Ball State defines Immersive learning projects as high-impact learning experiences that involve collaborative student-driven teams, guided by faculty mentors. Students earn credit for working with community partners such as businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to address community challenges through the creation of a product that has a lasting impact.

A project is considered to be immersive learning if it:

  • Is offered to Ball State University students for credit in a course that meets enrollment requirements of 10 students or more
  • Is conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • Fills a need or solves a problem for a community partner
  • Results in a specific outcome or deliverable
  • Is conducted by a team or teams of undergraduate students (in classes of 10 or more) working collaboratively

Whether you are a student, faculty member, or community partner, we have the resources to help you prepare for and engage in an immersive learning project that blends your interests and educational focus with societal needs. For more information, contact Suzanne Plesha, Director of Immersive Learning.

Advisory Boards

The Immersive Learning program is guided by the knowledge and insights of experienced immersive learning students, faculty, and community partners. Learn about these advisory groups, their responsibilities, and the nomination process.


Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry

The immersive approach began at The Virginia B. Ball Center (VBC) in the early 2000s. Today, the VBC continues to facilitate innovative learning experiences in the form of semester-long, transdisciplinary seminars exploring complex ideas and community challenges.


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