Current Partners and Projects
Digital 3D Models in Anatomy & Physiology Lab
In partnership with Kelly Washington, college associate professor of biology, we use photogrammetry to create digital 3D models of some of the anatomy models used in the anatomy & physiology lab. Photogrammetry is a method of transforming physical resources into digital assets. Digital 3D model repositories allow students to access digital representations on or through mobile devices and computers with amazing precision. This technology provides several benefits to student interaction with learning tools at their desk in the classroom, virtually, or from their dorm room.
Research in Virtual Reality
Abilene Christian University offers many biblical studies courses, including those specifically related to the narrative message of the Old Testament. It is difficult for students to visualize distant locations described in the Bible, and a picture or video representation is often a flat experience. The Innovation Foundry is working with Steve Hare, instructor of bible, missions, and ministry, to determine the impact of virtual reality on memory, student engagement, and learning experience. Participating students will explore Moses’ Tabernacle through virtual reality. Other faculty have created assignments for students to experience Herod’s Temple.
Adobe Faculty Fellows & Certifications
Fostering creativity, as a part of increasing digital literacy, plays a role in preparing students for success beyond school. The classroom is a great place to not only obtain information and knowledge but also engage and interact with that information in creative ways. There are several opportunities, resources, and ideas available to ACU faculty to help promote creativity and creative problem-solving in the classroom through creative digital assignments. Students can also validate their digital skills by taking one or more Adobe Certified Professional exams free of charge.
The Innovation Foundry finds itself to be in a unique location, as the University it serves has a wide variety of creative software it makes available to faculty, staff, and students. From the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Office 365, Google G Suite, and much more, there are not too many things those who are on campus could need in their creative endeavors. However, to say that everyone is on the same playing field when it comes to digital literacy would be a huge assumption. The Innovation Foundry has been able to provide hour-long sessions dealing from basic to more advanced instruction in various tools available to them.