Immersive Learning

Immersive learning—a distinctive opportunity at Ball State—pulls together interdisciplinary student teams guided by faculty mentors to create unique, high-impact learning experiences that result in real-world solutions.

Distinguishing characteristics synthesize disciplinary knowledge with application. Students and faculty work together to turn knowledge into judgment and judgment into action through projects and programs that benefit business, community, and government partners across the state and around the world.

Local and Global Reach

Each year, more than 4,000 students complete up to 1,500 immersive learning experiences throughout Indiana, across the U.S., and as far away as Hong Kong, Venice, and Malawi. Featured projects range from rehabilitating vacant homes into housing for low-income families to creating an original musical that made its professional debut with the same production company that launched Annie.

Several immersive learning projects have developed into ongoing programs. Schools within the Context of Community is an 18-credit-hour semester that places students in high-need elementary schools as they examine the context in which children learn and grow, a critical component to effective teaching. Students work with community partners to identify, develop, and implement strategies to support children and families through education and service.

Getting Started

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.

  • Faculty members interested in proposing an immersive learning class can contact Jennifer Blackmer, director in the Office of Immersive Learning. 
  • Students seeking immersive learning opportunities can contact Suzanne Plesha, assistant director in the Office of Immersive Learning. 
  • Community organizations and businesses who would like to partner on immersive learning programs can obtain more information from Kelli Huth, director of Building Better Communities Fellows.

Rocket Fuel

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Class unearths diversity for documentary on life of Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark.
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