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Virtual Avatar Laboratory

Virtual Avatar Laboratory

AUM’s College of Education is proud to provide Alabama’s only Virtual Avatar Laboratory (VAL). This blend of technology and human performance creates a fully immersive and challenging simulation environment in which learners can take risks (without harm) and learn how to improve day-to-day performance with immediate, evidence-based feedback.

The VAL is provided through Mursion, Inc. and is known to some as the TeachLivE technology engineered by the University of Central Florida, who has been successful in leading the research in teacher simulations. Mursion’s mixed-reality platform employs a combination of artificial intelligence and live actors to deliver powerful simulations that mimic the most challenging interactions that teachers face on the job.

The AUM College of Education recognizes that the development of a competent, committed, and reflective educator means the development of a Professional Educator.

Benefits

In addition to its use by College of Education students, this immersive training simulator is also used by a wide range of partners who need to improve or customize an interpersonal learning environment. These partners include colleges, non-academic units, school systems, the Alabama State Department of Education, and other outside organizations.

This innovative, personalized learning tool is effective because it is:

  • Authentic and hands-on. Models what research says works best for adult learners.
  • Targeted. Focuses on discrete skills and produces common performance errors.
  • Interactive. Promotes self-reflection and accelerates professional growth.
  • Personalized. Meets partners where they are and enables them to practice skills they can use immediately.

The VAL is located on the AUM campus in the College of Education, Room 100. It is available by appointment from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, depending upon availability.

Contact: Dr. Paul Hard
(334) 244-3240
phard@aum.edu
Related videos and links
TLE TeachLivE (links in place)

Mursion, Inc.

TeachLivE Compressed

VAL Demo

Recent Publications in Teacher Simulations

Related forms
VAL Interest Form

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