Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences
College of Agriculture
2020 TLT Faculty Fellow
Focus Area: Student Engagement
Hoffman, an assistant professor of landscape contracting in the Department of Plant Sciences within the College of Agriculture, will use her project to work towards increasing students’ sense of investment in their education through immersive technology.
“Current health concerns and limited resources make study abroad and study away programs challenging, if not impossible,” said Hoffman. “Studies of immersive technology and virtual field trips have uncovered some advantages. So, it’s important to continue working to understand how these tools can help provide out-of-the-classroom experiences essential to student growth and development.”
Hoffman and her team will look to create engaging work for students by having them film significant regional landscape design installations, create an immersive tour, and conduct a lesson focusing on the site’s design principles and elements. Another goal of the project is the creation of a Faculty Learning Community to share lessons and best practices of engaged, place-based learning across disciplines.
Nick Smerker – Project Lead