IxD + Caltech Collaboration Takes On A Life of Its Own

February 23, 2021

As courses continue to move online, what aspects of a student’s college experience are missing now that we’re all at home? In collaboration with California Institute of Technology (Caltech), students in IxD’s Immersion Lab, worked with  faculty Jenny Rodenhouse and Santiago Lombeyda to reimagine life online.  They jumped on the SecondLife platform to concept, design and build a shared virtual campus created for this new world of higher education. The studio has taken yet another life — it was recently accepted into the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference.

In a recent interview with Interaction Design instructors Santiago Lombeyda and Jennifer Rodenhouse, who conceptualized and designed the course, Rodenhouse states

“Populations in online multiplayer platforms have increased significantly (now larger than some countries) and are accessible by most computers or phones. While they might seem just fun or strange, they are also places to seriously research and design for. Each multiplayer site has its own cultural history, economy and governance, making a SecondLife, AnimalCrossing or Fortnite an exciting space for artists and designers to test, publish, sell and engage a global community of us-as-avatars.” Read the entire interview…