Carnegie Mellon University

Stephan Caspar

Stephan Caspar

Associate Teaching Professor in Media Creation and Multicultural Studies

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Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics
4980 Margaret Morrison St
Posner Hall 341
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Post-graduate Diploma, Independent Film Production, Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)
B.A., Visual Arts and French, Middlesex University


I have a training in creative media and design, initially embarking on a career in filmmaking before transitioning into the educational sector. My experience spans film production and television broadcasting, notably as a Content Producer at the BBC, before assuming the role of Head of Creative Arts at Fareham College in Hampshire, UK. In 2014, I took up a leadership position at the University of Southampton, heading the Digital Learning Team. This award-winning, innovative team supports researchers and educators in developing learning materials and media content while fostering the integration of emerging technologies in teaching and research.

In 2018, I moved to the U.S. and joined the Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics at CMU as the Director of the Askwith Kenner Global Languages & Cultures Room. In this space, I champion language learning and cultural exploration through immersive technologies. Beyond my professional endeavors, I continue to engage as an artist, specializing in XR creation, immersive storytelling, film and media production. My work has been highlighted in various publications and journals, including podcasts and talks, and I am a regular contributor to The Playful Learning Conference in the U.K. I'm interested in sharing thoughts about my work, and write a weekly newsletter "The Spaces in Between."

    • Immersive Media
    • Storytelling
    • Creative Arts
    • Technology Enhanced Language Learning
    • Multimodal Language Learning

    • 82-284 Multicultural Pittsburgh: Exploring Language and Culture through Virtual Reality
    • 82-285 Podcasting: Language and Culture through Storytelling
    • 82-888 Topics in SLA: Language Learning and Technology - Digital Storytelling in French
    • 82-287 Multicultural Immersion: Relating Your World in VR
    • 82-288 Everyday Learning: Designing Learning Experiences in Times of Unrest and Uncertainty
    • 82-265/76-207: Whispers & Echoes: Third Cinema, People Language & Culture in Documentary Storytelling

  • ALT Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technologies - CMALT
    • Director, Askwith Kenner Global Languages & Cultures Room, Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics, CMU
    • Impact Committee Member, Humanities@CMU
    • Member, Fulbright U.S Student Committee
  • Caspar, Stephan. (2021). Exploring the pandemic through language learning and multicultural studies. In Plutino, Alessia; Polisca, Elena (Eds), Languages at work, competent multilinguals and the pedagogical challenges of COVID-19 (pp. 113-118).

Department Member Since 2018