January 18, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Elizabeth Cappello, Mount Saint Mary College adjunct art
professor, will kick off this semester’s Investigating Research on
Campus (iROC) series with “Virtual Reality in the Art History
Classroom” on February 2 at 12:45 p.m.
The talk will take place in the Kaplan Family Library and
Learning Center at the Mount, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh. It is free
and open to the public.
The concept of virtual reality has enjoyed a boom in the last
few years. Cappello will highlight examples of incorporating this
kind of experience in the art history curriculum. She will also
explain basic fundamentals of virtual reality as it exists
“Using Google Glasses in a virtual reality environment, students
are experiencing art history in an incredibly vivid and connected
way,” explained Cappello. “In the Fall 2016 semester, I began using
virtual reality as a way to increase student engagement with a
subject some are learning for the first time.”
There will be several Google Glasses for attendees to try. All
that is needed is a cell phone and the apps Google Cardboard and
Google Street View for optimal viewing.
Cappello has been an adjunct at the Mount for five years in
digital art and, most recently, art history. She works in
technology for the Newburgh School District and is pursuing a
Masters of Fine Arts in New Media and Web Design.
The goal of iROC is to “provide a forum for Mount faculty,
staff, and students to showcase their research endeavors with both
Mount Saint Mary College and the local community in a manner easily
understood by attendees,” explained series coordinators Evan
Merkhofer, assistant professor of biology, and Jennifer Park,
assistant librarian for access and outreach services. Presentations
include research proposals, initial data collection, and completed
Mount Saint Mary College is ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S.
News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree
programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social
services, communications, media, and the liberal arts.