At a press conference in 2017, Professor Ron Morris discusses the Carmel Walking Tour App developed by a team of Ball State students.
Immersive learning is an academic experience that goes beyond the traditional classroom. Under the direction of a history department faculty member, Ball State history majors are given the opportunity to work with students from other departments to present history to the broader public. Through teamwork and problem-solving, our students learn how to unpack their skill set as researchers and writers, while also honing digital skills through computer app design and filming. Therefore, they will often be working with telecommunications and even computer science majors.
Professor Ron Morris has successfully led multiple immersive projects, including: Crossroads Connect, Indiana’s first digital social studies textbook for fourth grade; The World of George Rogers Clark video series; and mobile device tours of Carmel; and several state parks in Indiana.
Save Historic Memory while Learning New Skills
In 2015 and 2017, Michael Doyle, Director of the History Department’s Public History Option, led two different teams of students in filming the accounts given by African-American alumni of their experiences at Ball State University. History students were given the opportunity to learn documentary film production techniques, as well as refining their oral history interviewing skills. The recorded interviews with the alumni are available at Ball State University Libraries’ Digital Media Repository. Listen to the interviews.