Develop critical job skills, foster professional connections, and solve real-world problems through an immersive learning experience.
Immersive learning—the hallmark of a Ball State education—pulls together interdisciplinary student teams guided by expert faculty to create unique, high-impact learning experiences that result in real-world results for community partners. These transformative opportunities are woven into the curriculum, enabling you to earn academic credit as you build a foundation for a successful, fulfilling career.
Top executives are looking for employees with the professional experience and intangible skills at the core of the immersive learning philosophy, according to a recent national survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The ability to think critically, analyze complex projects, and collaborate with others toward a solution are all skills that will set you apart in today’s workforce.
“Knowing that my graphics were being used in practical and powerful ways fueled my passion for information design,” Shea says. “From day one, Circle of Blue has treated us like professionals, and we all have risen to the challenge. It was amazing to leave college with such real-world experience.”
—Kelly Shea, ’11, journalism graphics
Hear from our students about how immersive learning has enabled them to make a lasting impact, gain professional experience, and establish professional connections.
We are eager to help you prepare for and engage in an immersive learning project that blends your interests and educational focus with societal needs.
Building Better Communities (BBC) and the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry work to connect faculty and students with community partners ready to participate in immersive learning opportunities. Departments also generate projects, so contact your academic advisor or department to learn more about upcoming projects in your area. Immersive learning opportunities are also often posted on the Ball State Communications Center under the Immersive Learning category.
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