Take an idea and turn it into something with meaning, value, and real-world application—and get credit for it—with immersive learning.

You can have distinctive experiences through numerous English department opportunities and in courses through the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry. Other programs at Ball State such as Building Better Communities Fellows offer immersive learning opportunities for students from all majors.

Here are a few examples of how students enrich their education and make a difference:

  • The annual Digital Literature Review project trains our students to think, research, and write like academics, but also helps them to form bridges between these always valuable skill sets and the types of writing, design, and communication skills they need in today’s workplace and society.  Students develop skills that will be vital for their success in the digital workplace: visual communication, website design, writing in digital environments, and marketing their work through traditional and social media.   
  • Students in the Creative Writing in the Community course tell stories on behalf of people who are rarely heard, such as disadvantaged children, the disabled, and the elderly.
  • Students get hands-on experience running a literary magazine, The Broken Plate
  • Kecia Thompson, an English professor, led the Virginia Ball Center project that produced Mintonette, a documentary exploring the impact of Title IX.
  • In Fall 2013, Dr. Andrea Wolfe led a seminar on sustainable agriculture at the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry (VBC).  The main product to emerge from the class was a 25-minute film entitled Down to Earth: Small Farm Issues ina Big Farm World.  The students in the seminar also developed a website containing recipes for foods that are locally available and more than 60 articles meant to serve as supplementary materials to the film.  In addition, they built a four-week curriculum on sustainable agriculture and implemented it in an after-school program for elementary students at the Roy C. Buley Center in Muncie.
  • In Spring 2013, Dr. Merrielle Turnbull lead a seminar on animal welfare at the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry (VBC). The students in the project prepared a variety of educational materials for 2nd -8th grade teachers, brochures and handouts for shelters, and two videos, including a video for children and a documentary.