PennImmersive is a Penn Libraries’ initiative launched in concert with Penn’s Year of Innovation to engage the campus in a year-long, public research project to explore the potential of virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D modeling in teaching, research, and learning. We believe it is worth critically examining technologies as well as existing and potential connections across disciplines as a community.

Learning in the Open

Our intent is to share what we are learning as we go and to create a space for new collaborators (“researchers”) to join us at any point along the way (sign up for the listserv). We are posting our documents, feedback, slides, photos, and videos freely available online.


A One-year Initiative

Technologies evolve quickly. This initiative spans the 2017-2018 academic year at Penn. We have teams of students, faculty, and staff who are examining technologies, applications in academe, and published scholarship on the efficacy of immersive technologies in teaching, research, and learning. In addition, we are organizing events to provide the Penn community with opportunities to experience augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D modeling/scanning/printing first-hand to inform conversations and debates.

We look forward to traveling on this journey with you!