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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.

Location & Contact Info

VAL on AUM Campus

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.

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Paul Hard

Department Chair

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Virtual Avatar Laboratory

VAL Demo

  • AUM simulations
  • Instructional Leadership-Budget Negotiations for Principals and Central Office
  • Instructional Leadership-Enforcing the Zero Tolerance Policy
  • Instructional Leadership-Parent/Teacher Conference and Bullying
  • Kinesiology-Dietary intake and Healthy eating
  • Psychology-Behavior Management Techniques
  • Special Education-Explaining to a parent their child has a disability
  • Special Education-Teacher interviews
  • Special Education-Practicing the 5 Steps of a Verbal Reprimand
  • Special Education-Explaining student test scores
  • Special Education-Practicing model, lead, test, retest
  • Special Education-Parent/Teacher conference for low student academic performance
  • Special Education-Delivering empathetic statements to parents
  • Counseling Education-Traumatic training (k-12)
  • Elementary Education-ELL training
  • Other simulations
  • Mt. Meigs-Working with difficult students
  • Montgomery Public Schools-Principal workshop-Working with difficult parents
  • Air Force Chaplains-Dealing with deployment; monetary issues
  • Air Force AU-Leadership by design
  • Air Force SOC-Working with difficult groups
  • Air Force EAKER-handling social media; LGBTQ; chain of command
  • Trenholm State Community College- Student empathy
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