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 the liberal arts through immersive three-dimensional (3D), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) technologies.
Originally trained as a medievalist and Germanist, David is the author of over 40 articles, posters, and conference presentations on topics related to immersive computing, digital game-based learning, blended learning, and the medieval German mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg. His research synthesizes constructivist teaching methodologies, theories of situated cognition, and digital game-based learning approaches to investigate how goal-directed activity in 3D/VR/AR experiences can assist students in creating mental narratives that structure and guide the learning process.
David has a Ph.D. (Washington University in St. Louis, 2002) in German Language and Literature and a M.S. (Utah State University, 2007) in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. Prior to his arrival at Grinnell College, David was an Associate Professor of German and founding Director of the Business German Program at Elon University.
In his spare time, David enjoys running, lifting weights, and practicing the traditional Japanese martial art of aikido, in which he holds the rank of shodan.
(Photo by Justin Hayworth/Grinnell College)