Upcoming Projects

What follows is a list of upcoming immersive learning projects. You can learn more about these offerings by contacting the instructor listed for each class. If you do not see a project that is right for you, please fill out our Immersive Learning Course Finder Form.


Looking for a unique and flexible learning experience this summer?

Look no further than our immersive learning class, NREM497: Environmental Education and Community Engagement! This hybrid course runs for just five weeks in the first summer block and includes virtual Zoom meetings for most weeks. 

In this class, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with our community partners, including the Ross Community Center, Ball State's Rinard Orchid Greenhouse, and Christy Woods, to develop creative and age-appropriate curricula and hands-on activities focused on environmental education.

Ultimately, you will conduct a five-day summer camp for students in grades K-5, which offers a fun and engaging way to dive deeper into the course material. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to expand your skills and knowledge!

For more information, contact Bowen Zhang, Department of Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources.

Class Flyer with Information First summer session ( May 15 June 16 Weeks 1 & 2 Meet via Zoom 10:00 am 12:00 Week 3 Meet with community staff on site 10:00 am 12:00 Week 4 Conduct camp Week 5 Meet via Zoom 10:00 am 12:00


Are you looking for a 400-level elective?  Are you also looking for an engaging, rewarding immersive learning opportunity?  Consider taking PSYS 495:  Recreation and Mental Disabilities! 

We will be working with the Center for Performing Arts to design strategies for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders as they participate in a recreational performance arts summer camp. As a team, we will evaluate standard recreational activity implementation (with a focus on performance arts). Ball State students aid the individuals and will gather and communicate important information regarding daily challenges and accomplishments. As a team, they will discuss ways in which the performers can reach their goals in the program. 

This class is open to BSU students who 

  • Have taken PSYS 100 and is of junior or senior status. 
  • Have a desire to build relationships with individuals with disabilities! 
  • Are enthusiastic and energetic! 
  • Want to help answer the question: How can we use what we know to help design strategies that assist individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders like autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities so that we can expand recreational opportunities to performance art and creative art activities? 

This class is set up for the full Summer Semester (May 15, 2023 through July 21, 2023) 

  • May 15 through May 26:  You will be reading your course book and we will meet via Zoom on an irregular basis. 
  • May 31 through June 23:  We will be in Carmel working with individuals in the creative arts camp. 
  •  June 25:  This is the public performance where we invite the public in to see what the campers have been developing all month long! 
  • July 3 through July 21:  We will meet via Zoom, or at BSU, or at The Center to meet with different types of therapists, as well as creative artists in the community to learn from one another and to share what we have developed. 

There is travel involved in order to participate in this class.  If you need assistance with travel, please contact me prior to enrolling in the course to determine if we can help with transport.

Check out the course flier!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Fischer, MA, LMHC, Department of Psychological Sciences.


Immersive Projects funded through Provost Immersive Learning Grants and Building Better Neighborhood Grants

  • App Development and Expansion of the Henry Gets Moving Project
    Faculty Mentors:  Nicole Koontz, Department of Kinesiology and Lan Lin, Department of Computer Science
    Community Partners:  Burris Laboratory School, Yorktown Community Schools

  • A Community Intervention: Interprofessional experiences addressing healthy eating, and physical activity
    Faculty Mentors:  Shannon Powers and Jean-Charles Lebeau, School of Kinesiology; Christina Jones, Department of Nutrition and Health Science
    Community Partners:  Harvest Christian Church, Muncie Housing Authority

  • Better Together
    Faculty Mentor:  Kiesha Warren-Gordon, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology
    Community Partner:  Whitely Community Council

  • Building a Mathematics Community of Practice: An Immersive Collaboration
    Faculty Mentors: Cresta Hancock, Department of Educational Studies and Andrew Gatza, Department of Mathematical Sciences
    Community Partner: Northside Middle School

  • Come Together, Act Together and Better Together:  Step Up Building Energy Efficiency Using Sustainable Materials
    Faculty Mentors:  Sarah Angne Alfaro and Jake Son, Department of Construction Management and Interior Design
    Community Partner:  Ross Community Center

  • Community-Engaged Games in a Transitional Curriculum
    Faculty Mentor:  Paul Gestwicki, Department of Computer Science
    Community Partner:  Minnetrista Cultural Center

  • Computer Science for Muncie (and surrounding) Schools (CS4MS+)
    Faculty Mentor:  Dave Largent, Department of Computer Science
    Community Partners:  Burris Laboratory School, Muncie Central High School, Northside Middle School

  • Conservation Tales
    Faculty Mentors:  Tom McConnell, Department of Biology; Barbara Giorgio-Booher, School of Art
    Community Partners:  Indianapolis Zoo, Mote Marine Laboratory

  • Creating a Financial Tool and Statistical Analysis for Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity
    Faculty Mentor: Catherine Frazee, Department of Mathematical Sciences
    Faculty Partner: Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity

  • iMADE Projects in Muncie, IN:  Locally Crafted Design-through-Production Projects with University, Industry, and Community Partnerships
    Faculty Mentor:  Kevin Klinger, Department of Architecture
    Community Partners:  Madjax, Minnetrista, Midwest Metals, Indiana Hardwood and Lumberman’s Association, Ecovantage, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

  • Interior Design Studio 5: Immersive Learning Course
    Faculty Mentor:  Shireen Kanakri, Department of Construction Management, and Interior Design
    Community Partners:  Engaging Minds Services Clinic, Hillcroft ABA Clinic

  • Interdisciplinary Teaching through Immersive Learning:  U. S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design and Build Challenge
    Faculty Mentors:  Pam Harwood, Tom Collins, Dan Overby; Department of Architecture
    Community Partners:  Englewood Community Development Corporation, ecoREHAB of Muncie

  • Sensory Well-Being Hub with Furniture for Children with Autism
    Faculty Mentor:  Shireen Kanakri, Department of Interior Design and Construction Management
    Community Partner:  Riverside Intermediate School (Fishers, IN), Southside Middle School (Muncie, IN)

  • Stance
    Faculty Mentor:  David Concepcion, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Community Partners:  EBSCO Information Services, The Philosopher’s Index, The American Philosophical Association, University of Louisville, Undergrad Philosophy Students from around the world

  • Using Research to Understand Work-Related Stressors & Positive Work-Related Experiences of Noblesville Firefighters
    Faculty Mentor: Katie Lawson, Department of Psychological Sciences
    Community Partner: Noblesville Fire Department

  • Write for Change:  Composition in the Community
    Faculty Mentors: Kathryn Ludwig, Laura Romano, and Darolyn “Lyn” Jones, Department of English
    Community Partners: Muncie YWCA, Muncie Mission, and Beyond I Can


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