By Tamara Scott
Published: September 13, 2017, 6:32 pm
Updated: September 13, 2017, 9:38 pm
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"Congratulations! Now go forth and do great things for improving undergraduate STEM pre-service education" said the National Science Foundation project officer in her email to Dr. Dan Dickerson, PI of the newly funded "Improving STEM Discourse Implementation for Pre-service Teachers Through Immersive Simulation Classroom Activities". The project addresses an aspect of teaching that is both difficult to master and has a positive impact on student learning outcomes -- the nature and role of discipline-specific discourse and argumentation. The project will examine the effectiveness of immersive classroom simulation through Mursion versus more traditional role play.
With this grant, Drs. Dan Dickerson and Carrie Lee from the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE) and Christine Wilson and Holly Fales, Instructional Technology Consultants in the Office of Assessment, Data Management, and Digital Learning will determine Mursion's effectiveness in helping teacher candidates and new teachers in our partner schools better engage and deepen students' STEM learning.
On July 27th, the Mursion team in the College of Education hosted leaders from six counties who have decided to take advantage of an offer made available to schools and districts to use Mursion@ECU as part of their professional development plan for the 2017-18 school year.
In the spring, ECU's College of Education offered "grants" to up to 15 schools or districts for up to 25 hours of Mursion time for professional development. Awardees included Beaufort, Edenton-Chowan, Gates, Hertford, Lenoir, and Pitt Counties as well as Pactolus Elementary.
The workshop was an opportunity for leaders from each group to work out the details for their professional development plans with Mursion, see how it worked, and develop scenarios they would be able to use throughout the year. "The atmosphere was very friendly and fun. It made doing the "work" of the scenario fun and doable." Cindy Olson, Edenton-Chowan.
We are currently looking for a skilled individual to fill that role.
East Carolina University (ECU) has become the first of 17 campuses within the University of North Carolina (UNC) system to use virtual and mixed reality to train future K-12 teachers. Students within ECU's College of Education are currently using a virtual reality program that simulates a typical classroom environment, giving students the opportunity to practice classroom management techniques and instructional strategies.
ECU students do not wear headsets or other devices with the technology, the university told Campus Technology. Instead, students stand in front of a large screen that projects a virtual classroom. They can interact with the avatars, receiving immediate feedback from both peers and instructors. Additionally, the program provides "easy-to-capture analytics that can inform future training plans," according to the company's website.
By Tamara Scott
Published: January 29, 2017, 5:28 pm
Updated: January 29, 2017, 11:11 pm
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