Research

dss3In addition to expanding innovations in digital storytelling, VirtualEYES is grounded in academic scholarship research and is focused on creating empirical research. Students share their findings in trade and professional publications, as well as in faculty-led, referenced articles.

Questions for both practice and scholarship include:

  • To what degree does VR/3D target messages at specific audiences while maintaining journalistic tenets?
  • To what degree can VR/3D enter a storyteller’s voice into reporting as a means of engagement?
  • How can journalists and strategic communicators use VR/3D to include graphics and text as data points to engage users in meaningful inquiry?
  • To what degree does the interjection of self into VR/3D storytelling guide users to particular messages?
  • What ethical and legal challenges exist in the use of the platforms to report and deliver information?

 

Recent Presentations

Marino, M. I., Bilge, N., Gutsche, Jr., R. E., & Holt, L. (2017). Creating (and examining) immersive environments in virtual reality. Accepted for presentation at Medios y Sociedad Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 3.

Gutsche, Jr., R. E., Bilge, N., Marino, M. I., Shumow, M., Holt, L., Castro, C., Ovalle, L., Falkenhagen, J., Hernandez, D., Garcia, E., de Armas, A., Forte, A., Hanna, T., Meléndez, C., & Reyes, L. (2017). “Creating (and examining) immersive environments and nonverbal communication in virtual reality,” FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts Research Retreat, Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden, Coconut Grove, Florida, March 31.

Castro, C., Ovalle, L., Falkenhagen, J., Hernandez, D., Garcia, E., de Armas, A., Forte, A., Hanna, T., Meléndez, C., Reyes, L., Holt, L., Bilge, N., Marino, M. I., Shumow, M., & Gutsche, Jr., R. E. (forthcoming). Creating (and examining) immersive environments in virtual reality. 2017 Conference for Undergraduate Research at FIU, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, March 29.

Gutsche, Jr., R. E., Black, S., Acosta, J., Gomez, J. (2016). The virtual reality of environment. Digital Scholar Studio opening, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, October 29.

Gutsche, Jr., R. E., Cando, C., Quiones, N., & Riveira, G. (2016). Capturing sea level rise through virtual reality, Sea Level Rise Expo, Sea Level Solutions Center Community Opening, Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, August 30. (Accepted; cancelled due to hurricane)

Gutsche, Jr., R. E., Albrecht, S., & Smith, S. (2016). Update: eyesontherise.org and the Mobile Virtual Reality Lab, School of Communication + Journalism’s Dean’s Advisory Board, Florida International University, North Miami, Florida, July 29.