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COLLEGE OF INNOVATION + DESIGN — Dean’s Report
MEDIA AND MOBILE
Our graduates use their skills in
immersive “game” technologies to
solve complex challenges in industry,
education, and the community.
Using a unique apprenticeship and experiential
training model, our GIMM major builds skills in
hardware, software, and human interaction in
alternative reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)
across a suite of technology platforms to create
transformative training and engagement
experiences. Success of the GIMM program is built
on strong community partnerships that informs
curriculum and bridges graduates to the workplace.
GIMM entered into a partnership with Gear Up
Idaho to work with over 200 middle and high
school students from across the state on the
development of tools for children with learning
disabilities. Four different therapy tools were
created and will be distributed for free to any and
all who need them in the summer of 2021. This
partnership is a first step in our commitment to
working meaningful with Gear Up to help Idaho
students see how technology can be used to help
Old Coot and Maggie Foundation
Area High Schools
Boise State Nursing Program
City of Boise
Idaho Fish and Game
James Castle Museum
NASA Space Suits Program
Old Penitentiary Museum and the World Museum
Top 16 major at Boise State for new freshmen.
Welcomed new faculty member Jack Polifka and new
academic advisor Griselda Raymundo.
Launched the free app ABC Stories to help kids learn
handwriting by combining augmented reality with old-school
Setup remote access for our labs, which included purchasing
10 additional Alienware Aurora towers for students to avoid
purchasing expensive software and computers while learning
at a distance.
Established an equipment shipping program to provide GIMM
equipment (tablets, VR headsets, cameras, microphones) to
students during the pandemic.
Held virtual Senior Showcases for the graduating classes of
2020 & 2021.
Hired 11 student employees as TA's for faculty and staff, and to
assist 6th cohort as Peer Mentors.
To learn more:
Dr. Anthony Ellertson, Faculty Director