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David Neville is a Digital Liberal Arts Specialist in the Grinnell College Digital Liberal Arts Collaborative. He is also the founding director of the Immersive Experiences Lab, an interdisciplinary community of inquiry and practice exploring new ways to approach liberal arts topics through the research and development of extended reality (XR) experiences.

Originally trained as a medievalist and Germanist, David is the author of over 50 articles, posters, and presentations on topics related to immersive computing, digital game-based learning, blended learning, and the medieval German mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg. His research focuses on the ways in which the activity of interdisciplinary XR project teams can augment the undergraduate curriculum, and investigates how goal-directed user activity in three-dimensional (3D) and virtual reality (VR) environments can assist students in creating mental models that structure and guide the learning process. He has published in Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, Digital Philology, Research in Learning Technology, Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, ReCall Journal, Simulation & Gaming, The Foreign Language Annals, Mystics Quarterly, Computer Assisted Language Learning, University-Industry Innovation Magazine, and The Language Educator.

David holds a PhD (Washington University in St. Louis, 2002) in German Language and Literature and a MS (Utah State University, 2007) in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. Prior to his arrival at Grinnell College, David was Associate Professor of German and founding director of the Business German Program at Elon University.

In his spare time, David enjoys running, lifting weights, playing the classical and electric guitars, and practicing the traditional Japanese martial art of aikido, in which he holds the rank of shodan.


MSUtah State University (Logan, Utah, USA)
Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
Concentration in Computer Science; Business Information Systems
PhDWashington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA)
German Language and Literature
Concentration in Latin Language and Literature
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit├Ąt (Munich, Germany)
DAAD Annual Scholarship (Jahresstipendium)
AMWashington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA)
German Language and Literature
Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah, USA)
German Language and Literature
Minor in Russian Language and Literature

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