First year Grad Student Linnea Zeiner has been recognized as a Faculty in Focus by San Diego State University for her work with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in the classroom. In her classes, students use VR and AR techniques to test theories they have been reading. To do so, the students experiment with screens, iPads and VR headsets.
Linnea is a counter-culture feminist historian and digital humanist conducting multi-disciplinary research in transmedia platforms of scholarship, presentation, and pedagogy. She earned her M.A. in History from San Diego State University (SDSU) and is a first-year doctoral student in Communication at the University of California San Diego. Linnea’s Master’s thesis, published in 2015, presents readers with a non-linear and interactive experience so as to open new interpretative opportunities for the digital classroom.
In addition to working on her PhD at UCSD, Linnea is a lecturer in the Classics and Humanities Department at San Diego State, where she works with the experimental and collaborative environment of the Learning Research Studios. Linnea is also part of the Virtual Immersive Teaching and Learning (VITal) faculty at SDSU, where she explores approaches to teaching Humanities that utilize transmedia, deformance, and mixed realities. Linnea has been a member of the SDSU Digital Humanities Initiative since its inception, working to help the San Diego region’s diverse learning institutions innovate Digital Humanities pedagogy and enhance the learning experiences of underrepresented student communities.