Digital Project Design

Virtual reality in the Research and Design Studio

The Research & Instructional Design team’s instructional technologists work with faculty and students to develop a deep understanding and proficiency with creating and analyzing media.

How R&ID Can Help

3D Modeling and Printing

Design and print your own 3D objects using our two new 3D printers. Download free 3D models or build your own using 3D software available at the Research & Design Studio. Discover more via our 3D printing and scanning resource guide and 3D modeling resource guide.

When you're ready to print, please fill out our 3D Printing Request Form.


A multitude of resources are available to help you capture and edit audio along an exciting continuum of length and complexity.

An introduction and links to our support documentation is located here.

Digital Photos

Photography is a compelling means of communication and powerful form of visual expression: it can tell a story in a single image or with a series of images.

Many resources are available to help you capture and edit imagery.


Our video resources and support will enable you to create:

  • feature length movies to short clips
  • multiple-camera projects
  • green-screen scenes
  • mashup and new media projects
  • and much more

Please visit our resource page for documentation and more information.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is an explosively popular new medium for communications and it's available to explore in the Research and Design Studio. An HTC Vive, a device at the forefront of VR technology, has been installed in the Studio. Contact us to set up an appointment. 

This curated list of HTC Vive applications might best introduce you to some of the possibilities of the medium.

GIS, Maps, and Spatial Analysis

Geographic Information Systems and other mapping tools will help you locate, present, analyze, and interact with data that is spatially located. These tools are used in many fields such as environmental studies, geography, geology, natural resources management, demographics, public health, economics, history, and many more.  We have a site license for all ESRI products and can proved instruction and support in using ArcGIS, Story Maps, geographically-referenced data, and other mapping tools.

Please visit our comprehensive GIS and mapping webpages, where you'll find ideas, resources, and much more!

Large Format Posters

A poster is a vital communications tool that truly bridges the disciplines: students and faculty in most academic divisions use posters to communicate their ideas in course projects, at academic conferences, to the public, and beyond.

Accordingly, our large format poster service involves far more than printing. Posters require a thorough, careful design process, and we partner with individuals and classes at every step: from a poster's humble beginnings as a Powerpoint slide, to selecting colors, to designing an effective layout, to considering the environment in which you'll display the poster, to helping you find appropriate images, to helping you print your work.

Though we strongly encourage you to contact us for assistance, we have a page with resources to help you design a poster.


Are you interested in creating your own website? We have a few options for you to consider.  If you would like to learn more, please send an email to course-support@hamilton.edu.

Option One: SiteManager
Websites can be created using Hamilton College's proprietary site building application,  SiteManager. Photos, audio, and video can be added using built-in modules. SiteManager allows individuals with little to no coding experience to learn how to apply basic design and information organization skills to a website that can be made publicly accessible through the courses.hamilton.edu web server.

Option Two: WordPress
Websites can also be created using WordPress, a popular blogging and site-building content management system. WordPress sites are not hosted on the Hamilton College main site, which means that non-Hamilton College contributors can participate in building and editing the site. WordPress is used by both professionals and amateurs worldwide.

Find documentation about blogging with WordPress here and find information about creating websites in WordPress here.


Blogs are online public forums where one or more administrators post entries to which others may contribute comments. They are good discussion tools when it is desired to preserve a sense of authority for the original topic posting. Blogs can work well for discussions where divergent thinking is desired.

Option One: Blackboard
Blogs are supported within the Blackboard course management system when it is desired to restrict access to the blog to the students in a particular class.

Option Two: WordPress
Blogs can be created using WordPress. These blogs are visible to anyone with an Internet connection. Access levels can be set to control who can edit the blog, submit posts, respond to comments, etc.

Wikis (Google Docs)

Wikis are designed to decentralize authority over content by providing anyone who had edit-level access to the wiki with the ability to add, modify and even delete any text on the wiki.

Option One: Blackboard
Wikis can be created in Blackboard. Blackboard wikis are a good choice for wikis where content will only be shared amongst class participants.

Option Two: Google Docs
Google Docs, when used as a wiki, can work well for collaborative writing assignments where convergent thinking is desired. The content generated in a shared web-based document, when complete, can then be presented to a larger intended audience in a website.

Contact Information

Research & Instructional Design Staff

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