A video walkthrough of the Experiencing Empathy Virtual Reality, created over Summer 2018 by DHi interns Hannah McLean, Nonso Mogor, and Julie Suk, as well as Phyllis Breland, Chaise LaDousa, and Janet Simons Oppedisano.
Experiencing Empathy 2018 was a .05 credit course combined with an oral history research project in New Orleans. The educational system in New Orleans has been reformed and fragmented post Hurricane Katrina. A nationally touted Charter Management Organization model for public high schools has now been in place for over ten years. In the next few years, New Orleans public school board will once again become administrators of the local school systems. The one week research on-site in New Orleans resulted in eighteen oral history interviews across high school, college, and community programs. These oral history interviews are being added to the Voices From The Water’s Edge archive (dhinitiative.org/projects/nola).
Hamilton students from the course and DHi Interns are constructing authentic narratives from the interviewees to be developed as virtual reality (VR) experiences that illustrate the themes and data emerging from this research. In developing the series of VR vignettes, students are learning how to document and develop authentic and ethical, digital representations of other's perspectives with the goal of conveying empathy. The 2018 virtual reality experience is a narrative constructed of and based on quotes from the New Orleans students interviewed during our research trip. Julie Suk '18, one of the students from the EE course, worked with DHi student researchers: Hannah McLean (Lead), Nonso Mogor, and Nathaniel Colburn and DHi's Lead Designer and Software Engineer, Greg Lord, to produce the current EE 2018 VR experience.
2018 Students in Experiencing Empathy Included:
Ysabel Coss ’18, Mackenzie Doherty ’18, Samantha Donohue ’18, Makayla Franks ’19, Ligia (Mayte) Mendoza ’20, Angelica Ramos ’20, Baillie Riggs ’20, Loren Rodriguez ’20, Emma Stout ’20, Julie Suk ’18,Shadae Tingman ’20, and Maura Torres ’18. Group Leads: Phyllis Breland, Chaise LaDousa, Janet Simons, and Forrest Warner.
Experiencing Empathy 2019 will be offered as a learning experience at Hamilton College this Spring. A call for student applications will be sent out to campus after Thanksgiving break. Experiencing Empathy is a collaboration among the Anthropology Department (Professor Chaise LaDousa), the Days-Massolo Center (Ms. Phyllis Breland) and the Digital Humanities Initiative (Janet Oppedisano).
A walkthrough tour of the Woodhull & Claflin VR experience developed by Skylar Havens '20 and Mike Borek '18. Created in the Hamilton College Intro to Digital Humanities course, taught by Janet Thomas Oppedisano, Spring 2018.
This project was developed in collaboration with Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) and Special Collections.
Sacred Centers in India
Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College
Prof. Abhishek Amar
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
A walkthrough video of the three stages of developing in the Sacred Centers in India: Vishnupada 3D/VR temple.
Part one shows the Matterport scan/360 photography material: both a textured 3D model and a series of 360 panoramic images.
Part two shows the combined 3D models in Unity, where they have been combined into a larger single scene, with each 360 image location added to fixed VR teleport points, letting a user see those positions in either 3D (the OBJ model) or 360 panoramic image.
Part three shows the final product, a VR viewer that lets users walk around in the combined 3D models, and, at each camera position (integrated here as VR "teleport" points) the user can switch views into a 360 panoramic image of that position, from the Matterport photos.