IC Fellows Cohort

Building the university
of the future

Our goal: All CWRU students have access to mixed reality by 2030.

With the support of the Provost, we began the first IC Fellows Cohort in the fall of 2021 with a group of eight instructors from all fields of the university. The group has become fluent in the application and best practices of mixed reality as a teaching tool as they received support in the design, build, and execution of customized mixed reality courses.

PLANETARY TOOLBOX

Dr. Steven A. Hauck, II, the chair of CWRU's Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences was also a Participating Scientist on the MESSENGER Mission to Mercury. During his work with NASA, he was able to collect high resolution topographical data that is now visible as a hologram. 

Meet the
IC Fellows

Our first IC Fellows Cohort members come from wide-ranging fields of the university – from art history to macromolecular science.

LAURA BRUCKMAN PhD

Department of Materials Science & Engineering (CSE)
3-D DataViz
A tool that displays data visualizations in 3-D as they are coded live from a web-based platform.

MAGGIE POPKIN PhD

Department of Art History & Art (CAS)

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A holographic reconstruction of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace in Greece.

MICHAEL HORE PhD

Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering (CSE)
HoloPolymer
A 3-D visualization of a polymer chain with encoded dynamic calculations of its movement and flexibility.

ALP SEHIRLIOGLU PhD

Department of Materials Science & Engineering (CSE)
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3-D Symmetry

An interactive 3-D symmetry game. Users place balls onto a grid to satisfy different symmetry conditions.

MICHAEL MARTENS PhD

Department of Physics (CAS)

Physics Playground

A multi-part interactive experimental space where analog instruments display holographic forces.

STEVEN A. HAUCK, II PhD

Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences (CAS)
Planetary Toolbox
A 3-D visualization of the planets in our solar system including planetary motion and topographic maps.

TIFFANY MCNAMARA MBA

Sears think[box]; Department of Design & Innovation (WSM)
Creativity Engine
A collaborative mixed reality module whereby students move from an abstract creative process to prototyping.
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SUDHA CHAKRAPANI PhD

Department of Physiology & Biophysics (SOM); Cleveland Center for Membrane & Structural Biology
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HoloMolecule

A 3-D nanoscale viewer of any molecule and its cryo-electron microscopy map for research into drug binding.

SANCTUARY OF THE GREAT GODS AT SAMOTHRACE

Dr. Maggie Popkin has spent many summers at the archeological site of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace, Greece. Now she is able to bring her students along by walking them through the reconstructed model of the site as it looked thousands of years ago.

IC Fellows
Cohort

We are looking to our brilliant and diverse community for the next big idea in mixed reality for higher education. 

The IC Fellow Cohort is designed for instructors at CWRU who want to build their own mixed reality apps to use in class, under the mentorship of the IC and TLT. There is no fee to participate and the group is limited to eight members.

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The cohort meets weekly for lunch and covers a variety of topics about the transition to teaching in 3-D. Each IC Fellow will create a storyboard and class plan, which will ideally be fully developed and launched the following academic year.

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Mixed reality can be an effective tool in both the humanties and sciences. The IC has developed applications for classics, dance, art history, physics, anatomy, crystallography, and more. Check out our projects page to see what else we've done.

Grow your
idea

Here are some thoughts on the benefits of mixed reality as a teaching tool, and how to make a great class in MR.

  • Introductions: HoloLens and mixed reality
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Mixed reality: the integration of digital content superimposed onto our real-world environment as holograms. Users continue to see the people and the room around them, the 3-D object(s), and remotely-connected users.

Microsoft's HoloLens: a standalone holographic computer that users wear on their heads to experience 3-D content. The IC is Microsoft's premier partner for developing mixed reality applications for higher education.

  • What makes a great idea for a mixed reality class experience?

First, it's important to play to the technology's strengths. One of the most impactful features of mixed reality is its capacity to show the invisible (e.g., the structure of an atom, the subterranean environment of the Earth, or a building located thousands of miles away.)

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Professor Mike Martens using mixed reality to teach electromagnetism.

Second, it's important for mixed reality classes to be shared experiences, where everyone sees the same thing in the same place at the same time. This allows for active and natural collaboration, discussion, and discovery — just like in a great, traditional learning environment.

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Medical students using HoloAnatomy® Software at the CWRU SOM.

Third, this is an Active Learning tool, not a 3-D chalkboard. Mixed reality classes work best when students and instructors are together, standing up and moving around to explore the holograms’ breadth, depth, relationships, and interiors. Chairs should be pushed aside.

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Dr. Martin Nweeia's Narwhal exhibit that was featured at the Smithsonian.

Future
of learning

Connected. Accessible. Fast. Seamless. Physical. Interdisciplinary. Empathetic. Exploratory. Visual.

We believe that shared experiences are transformative.

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"Teaching with HoloLens was life transforming. It will be very, very hard for me to make do with traditional media, when teaching about buildings. We are at a moment where we are at the cusp of the democratization of art, and this technology enables us to share monuments of cultural heritage from around the world and have the experience be as genuine as seeing the original."

DR. ELIZABETH BOLMAN

Professor of Art History, CWRU

Professor Bolman, the chair of CWRU's Art History Department, was one of the first people in thousands of years to lay eyes upon the painted interior walls of the Red Monastery in Egypt. She led the effort to restore the 5th Century Coptic masterpiece, and then digitally preserved it. Click 'Learn More' to read about her inaugural class in MR.

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