Michael Daniels from the School of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Performance work with Mursion Coordinators Christine Wilson and Holly Fales to develop a new scenario to use in his social work and substance abuse classes.
Project INTERSECT (Interactive STEM Education Competence in Teaching), a a $599,939 NSF grant, will address the nature and role of discipline-specific discourse in the classroom. The goal of the project is to explore how training with immersive classroom simulation activities affect the ability of ECU math and science teacher candidates use of discourse as a means of instruction.
Mursion@ECU gave out “grants” to school districts to use up to 25 hours of Mursion for professional development purposes during the 2017-18 school year. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR. Click this image to download your application.
English Education Candidate, Makenzie Evans, teaches a lesson on symbolism to the Mursion class during a recent visit by Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Jay Golden.
The Social Work program is teaming up with the College of Education to provide Master in Social Work students an opportunity to counsel teenagers with addicted parents in a simulated environment using Mursion
Mursion’s unique blend of virtual reality technology and live human
performance creates powerful and immersive learning simulations.
Research suggests that this is the most powerful model for simulating
authentic interpersonal exchanges.
Mursion's technology is being used by more than 65 universities and other programs to prepare pre-service K-12 teachers for the challenges of teaching in today's classrooms. Similarly, K-12 school systems use Mursion to help teachers hone their skills once on the job.
A wide range of techniques can be rehearsed in Mursion's virtual reality simulator, including managing classrooms, working with children with special needs, practicing specific instructional routines relevant to a particular subject area, and leading difficult conversations. With a digital library of characters and immersive environments, Mursion simulates challenging interpersonal, on-the-job exchanges.
This middle school classroom was developed in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education, and includes many options for pre- and in-service teacher training. The children can be placed in rows or in a small group discussion. There are 8 youth avatars to choose from, including an English language learner,
Davi, shown below left; a child with a language-based learning disability,
Harrison, shown below, center; and a child with autism,
Nate, shown below, right. There is also an adult avatar that can be used for family conferences. These three children can be switched out with the child in the center of the class.
When scheduling, please choose
Middle School to use this setting.
If you would like to use Davi, Harrison or Nate, please mention this when scheduling in the the notes section.
This environment was created with funding from the National Science Foundation and designed in partnership with Educational Testing Service in order to improve preservice elementary teachers' ability to orchestrate discussions in science and mathematics; this set of upper elementary students can be used across content domains.
When scheduling, please choose
Upper Elementary School to use this setting.
The avatars used with this scene can be the ones seen in the picture or any of the 13 adult avatars available. If using with a class, each student that presents, can have a random group of avatars be a part of the meeting.
When scheduling, please choose Sunny Office to use this setting.
The avatars used with this scene can be the ones seen in the picture
or any of the 13 adult avatars available. If using with a class, each
student that presents, can have a random group of avatars be a part of
When scheduling, please choose Executive Office to use this setting.
When scheduling, please choose Teacher Break Room to use this setting.
There are several middle schools students that can be worked with individually. These students are great for adolescent counseling, tutoring, individualized instruction, and other one-on-on activities.
If you select Individual Students when scheduling you're session, you'll have the opportunity to select the student at that time, or cycle through the students. If your scenario causes for a particular student, please explain who in the Notes section.
The individual Middle School students are Davi, Harrison, Nate and Ava.
When scheduling, please choose Individual Students to use this setting.