Carnegie Mellon University

Our Mission

CMU student sharing reflections about translation studies for International Translation Day Open House.

Learning

The room operates as a flexible learning space for Modern Languages and other departments within the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Studies. The aim is to develop an active curriculum using technology to facilitate student projects which utilize digital tools and creative media.

Stephan Caspar with interactive map of Poland.

Teaching

Each semester we invite faculty to use the Askwith Kenner Global Languages & Cultures Room for their teaching. We ask that your course reflects the aims of the room, that it explores language learning, cultural understanding, and themes of identity; and is facilitated by the technology in the room. You may want to run the entire course here or just a few sessions, as required.  To find out more, please view the online submission form which will be reviewed by our Curriculum Committee.

Guests exploring VR technology during open house event in Askwith Kenner Global Languages & Cultures Room.

Research

The Askwith Kenner Global Languages & Cultures Room offers the opportunity to study the use of XR to support teaching and learning. We are keen to understand the affordances of such technology and how we can better develop resources, experiences, and activities as a result of student and visitor interactions. If you have a research project that seeks to explore the use of XR in language acquisition and cultural understanding, please get touch. We intend to use data from the room to successfully develop a pedagogy for XR within the Digital Humanities. We invite you to be part of this work.

“We want to invite people to this space to explore the technologies in this room and share stories, capture experiences, and reflect on the cultures, identities, and groups that connect Pittsburgh and CMU to the rest of the world.”

- Stephan Caspar, Director of Askwith Kenner Global Languages & Cultures Room