Putting Theory Into Practice Using Simulation Scenarios

Concurrent Session 8
OLC Award Winner

Brief Abstract

Imagine, during an online Blackboard course, having your students put theory into practice by interacting with avatars in a virtual classroom. Through a mixture of human control and specific programming, each avatar has its own back story and personality. Online adult learners interact in real time in an unscripted fashion with the student avatars to apply effective practices in a safe environment where they can learn from their mistakes before working with actual students. The MS in Education with a specialization in Special Education (SPED) program at Walden University in collaboration with Laureate’s Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) team and Mursion/TLE TeachLivE™ conducted two pilots using simulation scenarios with avatars.

Extended Abstract