Minecraft at NIU

NIU students, faculty, staff and alum join us to build the NIU campus in Minecraft. Contact Aline Click aclick@niu.edu for builder access....

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Oculus Rift

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The goal of this project was to create an inexpensive virtual reality experience to help users...

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Community Engagement

Through funding from the NIU Great Journeys Strategic Plan the Digital Convergence Lab was able to purchase hardware and software to provide the NIU community with educational experiences focused on new media and technology.

Our goal is to bring members from the surrounding community to the Digital Convergence Lab, the NIU Libraries, and the NIU campus by hosting community workshops, special interest camps, intellectual digitization products, research and development opportunities to "strengthen and extend NIU’s regional impact".

Check out our Community Workshops, and our Game Development Lab for after school programs and summer camps for children in the community.

The DCL is proud to participate in STEMfest each October at the NIU Convocation Center.

Faculty and Staff

Join the team!

NIU faculty and staff are invited to contribute their enthusiasm and expertise by partnering with the Digital Convergence Lab as a faculty coach or by participating in shared research. Contact Aline Click or Drew Vandecreek to learn more about how you can get involved.

Faculty Coaches:

Pi-Sui Hsu, College of Education - Online Argumentation, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 

Todd Reeves, College of Education - Text Mining & US Civil War Analysis, Fall 2014

Tom Smith, College of Education - Science Lab Safety, Design Team, Spring 2013,  Fall 2013, 

Cindy York, College of Education, Literacy in Motion Design Team, Spring 2012, and Mobile App Project, Spring 2014

Hayley Mayall, College of Education, Literacy in Motion Design Team, Spring 2012

Wei-Chen Hung, College of Education, Picodroid and Literacy in Motion Development Teams, Fall 2011, Fall 2012

Rhonda S. Robinson, College of Education, Lady in Red and Black Development Team, Spring 2011




The Digital Convergence Lab provides students with the tools to become sophisticated analysts and users of interactive media and emerging technologies.  Students who work in the lab will be interacting with real clients on products that will be completed and put into production. If you are interested in working in the Digital Convergence Lab or eLearning click here and complete the form. We'll be in touch!

DCL Needs Your Help!

Internship or Independent Study Opportunities are Available!

The Digital Convergence Lab is looking for students for experiential learning projects. Contact Jason Underwood junderwood@niu.edu or Aline Click aclick@niu.edu for more information.

Summer Paid Internships

Each summer the DCL offers video games design and development camps to middle and high school students. NIU students going into K-12 education are needed to help with these camps. Knowledge of game design and proficiency with GameMaker, Second Life, Paint.NET, Audacity, and Unity 3D, all of which are free to download, preferred. Interested education majors should contact Aline Click aclick@niu.edu with a resume.

Please visit our Experiential Learning Lab, Games and Virtual Worlds Camps, and Community Workshops pages to learn more about student opportunities.

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