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Blurring Boundaries and Dissolving Silos: Developing an XR Museum Project in Collaboration

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)'s team behind the XR Museum Project share their insights, tips, and expertise developing a collaborative XR project, mixing disciplines among faculty and students, thereby encouraging the dissolution of silos in a university environment. Presenters include faculty and students from the following disciplines: 3D digital design, computer science, fine arts, museum studies, music, and theatre.

Juilee Decker is an Associate Professor of Museum Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She has served as Editor of Collections: A Journal for Museums and Archives Professionals since 2008. She earned her PhD in 2003 from the joint program in Art History and Museum Studies at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Amanda Doherty is an Adjunct Professor in the department of 3D Digital Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She is a costume designer and historian who has been working principally in the entertainment industry and is now teaching character development and costume design for digital characters. She received her MFA in Design from Penn State University.

Joe Geigel is a Professor of Computer Science at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and co-director of the CS Graphics and Applied Perception Lab there. He earned his DSc. in Computer Science from George Washington University in 2000. His research interests focus on mixed reality multimedia projects that combine computer science, real-time graphics, art, music, and theatre to create interactive, live experiences.

Andy Head is an Assistant Professor in Theatre Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID). Most recently he has directed Stupid Fcking Bird, Cabaret, and I and You. Andy completed his MFA in Acting at Michigan State University and is a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.*

Gary D. Jacobs is an Assistant Professor of 3D Digital Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He has designed public spaces, stage productions, and themed environments for over 15 years. He is a certified LEGO® Serious Play facilitator and leads Design Thinking workshops for creative teams. Gary received his MFA in Entertainment Design from Pennsylvania State University.

Yunn-Shan Ma is an Assistant Professor of Music Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she programs concerts focusing on standard repertoire, film and video game music, and newer works. Ma’s work includes interdisciplinary collaborative projects involving technology. She is Director of Rochester Institute of Technology Philharmonic Orchestra and the Taiwanese Choral Society of Rochester. She earned her DMA in conducting at the Eastman School of Music.

Kunal Shitut is an MS in Computer Science student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). His interests focus on the research areas of computer science, computer graphics, and extended reality(XR) and their application to create innovative, immersive experiences.


Educators in VR is dedicated to integrating VR, AR, and XR into education and business. Join us for a welcome to the new educational year and to learn more about Educators in VR, their projects, and how to become involved.

Educators in VR started in AltspaceVR when educators came together to solve their common challenges, and has grown to over 2,500 members from around the world, 16+ Team Projects (special interest groups), and they host over 600 free and paid workshops, training, classes, and conferences annually in VR.

Join us for our weekly Educators in VR workshop featuring topics on VR, AR, XR, and MR in education with guest speakers and some of our popular Educators in VR training sessions.


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