Language Acquisition in Virtual Worlds Versus Traditional Classroom Environments: A Comparative Overview Between the United States and Russia by Jasmin B. Cowin and Dana S. Saulembekova

The book is out! And our chapter is published!

Multimodality, Digitalization and Cognitivity in Communication and Pedagogy
Editors:
Natalya V. Sukhova, Tatiana Dubrovskaya, Yulia A. Lobina
Presents new frameworks for studying multimodality and gives practical hints for educators
Suggests innovative approaches to pressing issues of psycholinguistics and language education
Combines multidisciplinary research

Part of the Numanities – Arts and Humanities in Progress book series (NAHP, volume 20)

Language Acquisition in Virtual Worlds Versus Traditional Classroom Environments: A Comparative Overview Between the United States and Russia by Jasmin B. Cowin and Dana S. Saulembekova

Abstract

The development of virtual worlds (VWs) in the field of language education evolved from purely text-based environments to two- and eventually three-dimensional spaces. VWs date back to the adventure games and simulations of the 1970s. Unlike traditional classroom settings, which are anchored in brick-and-mortar buildings, VWs give language learners the opportunity to practice languages in simulated, visually rich settings. Collaborative and communicative learning opportunities in VWs, together with the ubiquitous growth of online learning platforms and online degrees, raise questions on the long-term outlook for language teaching and learning in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Although both the Russian Federation and the United States have a multitude of programmes, education degrees and certifications with specific competency requirements for future language teachers and higher education faculty, are there common long-term concerns about domains and respective definitions in technology, multicultural education and language acquisition? To shed light on these questions, the authors analysed US and Russian national missions and second language teaching standards for communication study teacher preparation programmes.

Keywords

Virtual worlds Digital environments Traditional classroom environments Second language acquisition Russia US 

Cite this chapter as:

Cowin J.B., Saulembekova D.S. (2021) Language Acquisition in Virtual Worlds Versus Traditional Classroom Environments: A Comparative Overview Between the United States and Russia. In: Sukhova N.V., Dubrovskaya T., Lobina Y.A. (eds) Multimodality, Digitalization and Cognitivity in Communication and Pedagogy. Numanities – Arts and Humanities in Progress, vol 20. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84071-6_6

https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-84071-6#about

Introduction

This book positions itself at the intersection of the key areas of the modern humanities. Different authors from a variety of countries take innovative approaches to investigating multimodal communication, adapting pedagogical design to digital environments and enhancing cognitive skills through transformations in teaching and learning practices. The eclectic forms under study require eclectic approaches and methodologies, and the authors cross disciplinary boundaries drawing on philosophy, linguistics, semiotics, computational linguistics, mathematics, cognitive studies and neuroaesthetics. 
Part I presents methods of analysing multimodal communication in its different displays, covering promotional video in crowdfunding project presentations, multimodal public signs of prohibition and visuals as arguments. Part II explores varied teaching methodologies that have emerged as a result of and in response to modern technological changes and contains some practical hints for educators. It demonstrates the pedagogical potential of video games, virtual worlds, linguistic corpora and online dictionaries. Part III focuses on psychological and cognitive factors influencing success in the classroom, primarily, ways of developing students’ and teachers’ personalities. 
The volume sits at the intersection between Communication Studies, Digital Humanities, Discourse Analysis, Education Theory and Cognitive Studies and is useful to scholars and students of communication, languages, education and other areas of the humanities. This book should trigger scholarly discussions as well as stimulating practitioners’ interest in these fields.

Keywords

Methodology in Humanities Semiotic pragmatics Discourse Analysis Studies in Multimodality Cognitive Development Education in Digital Environments Pedagogical Design Foreign Language Teaching Online Lexicography Corpus Technologies

Dr. Cowin on “Reimagine and Redesign: Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and 21st Century Education” in the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology International Journal of Educational and Pedagogical Sciences Vol:15, No:02, 2021

Reimagine and Redesign: Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and 21st
Century Education
Author : Jasmin Cowin


Conference Title: ICLTTE001 2021 : International Conference on Language Teaching and Teacher Education
Conference Location : Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Conference Dates : February 17-18, 2022

Abstract : The future of education is reimagined and redesigned through new technologies and ways of interpreting the world. This reshaping of educational philosophies and their underpinning pedagogies transforms the modes of delivery in educational institutions worldwide. This paper explores new augmented reality digital technologies (ARDTs) and their use cases in reimagining education during the artificial intelligence (AI) age. The future of education and work will be a fluid panorama with no job or career guaranteed in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) environment. Structuring education as a menu of predefined disciplines and degrees in brick-and-mortar educational institutions may no longer be an optimal model. The convergence of three areas: ARDTs, big data and global demand of a highly qualified teacher workforce have far-reaching consequences in the field of education, raising fundamental questions about the nature of education and educators: what is taught, by whom it is taught, how it is taught, and where is it taught. The transformative way knowledge is generated, disseminated, and transformed into products and services comes on top of recent transformations in business processes enabled by data aggregation and networks. Learning centers are being transformed by computer-based intelligent systems. Algorithmic approaches to decision making are starting to permeate both institutional and personal spheres through decision support systems. In education, artificial intelligence (AI) and intelligent systems will become change agents with deep impacts not only on assessment, administrative functions, organizational strategic planning, student acquisition, and retention but also on curriculum design, personal learning networks (PNL), and the global competitiveness of educational institutions and their graduates. Keywords and changing terminology, such as Fourth Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, Augmented Reality Digital Technologies, terminal automation, nanomaterials, educational
transformation, frameworks, and emerging trends for a 21st-century education, globalization, Blockchain, Holochain, deep learning, personalized learning, machine learning, and gamification are indicators of a changing dialogue within the education landscape and among its professionals. Areas in which AI is already entwined in education include smart content, intelligent
tutoring systems, virtual facilitators, ARDTs, and yet-to-be-invented learning environments with the distinct possibility of blockchain or Holochain integration for administrative organizational purposes. Blockchain or Holochain integration has the potential to disrupt through the automatic recognition and transfer of credits, the tracking of intellectual property, the use of verified sovereign identities for student identification, and immutable certificates/micro-credentials. In conclusion, ARDTs have the potential to foster learning through simulations, digital kiosks, live virtual events, live interactivity, instructor-facilitated learning, AI-driven chatbots, and hyper-realistic experiences. However, there are yet-to-be-analyzed dangers around pervasive information capture, which is more than tracking a user’s browsing history. Ultimately, 21st-century ARDTs and computer assisted learning present significant opportunities and challenges to educational institutions and learners alike.


Keywords : artificial intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality Digital Technologies (ARDT), Blockchain, educational transformation, Holochain, Internet of Things (IoT)

Reimagine and Redesign: Augmented Reality Digital Technologies and 21st Century Education (waset.org)

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin on Education and Globalization: Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality Digital Technologies, and Distributed Ledger Technology Networks – Proceedings of the 15th International Multi-Conference on Society Cybernetics and Informatics: IMSCI 2021©

The convergence of data, computation, and globalization in education has far-reaching consequences for educational stakeholders, institutions, and learners. Terms such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence (AI), exponential technology, deep learning, personalized competency-based learning, and distributed ledger technology networks (DLTNs) are indicators of the changing dialogue between education stakeholders, businesses, and government aspirations on a global scale. Location-independent virtual environments promise an exponential expansion that goes beyond brick-and mortar schools, colleges, and universities.

It is my pleasure to share the publication of my most recent article:

Cowin, J. (2021). Education and Globalization: Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality Digital Technologies, and Distributed Ledger Technology Networks. Proceedings of the 15th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics: IMSCI 2021, 56–61.

About the Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics: SOIC 2021©
in the context of The 15th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics: IMSCI 2021©

July 18 – 21, 2021 ~ Virtual Conference

Many social, societal and organizational problems, in the information age, are interrelated and need to be solved jointly by means of multidisciplinary projects, interdisciplinary communications and/or trans-disciplinary concepts and methodologies.

Informatics, Cybernetics and Cyber-Technologies (ICCT) are, by definition and by nature, transversal to many disciplines and, as such, are special means for the multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary approaches required.

ICCT are helping in the solutions of an increasing social, societal and organizational problems, but they are also generating new kind of problems and raising unfamiliar questions. The processes of answering these questions and finding possible solutions to these kinds of problems require as much as of scientific/engineering approaches, as of conceptual/reflexive studies.

Both, analogical and logical thinking are also required, in different complementary studies, as well as combined in the same one. In this context logical thinking without the analogical one would be sterile, and analogical thinking without the logical one would be dangerous for being prone to hidden errors and mistakes.

In the context of this framework, the basic purpose of the Organizing Committee of SOIC 2021 is to a provide a forum for disciplinary and interdisciplinary communications, where researchers (in Social and Natural Sciences, as well as in Engineering), intellectuals, policy/decision makers and Consultants would share the results of their research, studies and thoughts, with regards to societies and private/public organizations in the context of the Information Age.

http://www.iiis2021.org/imsci/website/default.asp?vc=11

ABSTRACT (1)

Jasmin (Bey) Cowin, Ed.D.


The convergence of data, computation, and globalization in education has far-reaching consequences for educational stakeholders, institutions, and learners. Terms such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence (AI), exponential technology, deep learning, personalized competency-based learning, and distributed ledger technology networks (DLTNs) are indicators of the changing dialogue between education stakeholders, businesses, and government aspirations on a global scale. Location-independent virtual environments promise an exponential expansion that goes beyond brick-and mortar schools, colleges, and universities.

AI and intelligent systems are poised to become global change agents in education, ushering in profound changes in administrative functions, strategic planning, data aggregation, student acquisition and retention, and alternative currencies, as well as curriculum design, assessment, personal learning networks, and global competitiveness generally of both institutions and their graduates. The quality of the education a nation’s schools, educational institutions, and teachers provide, along with investments in science, technology engineering, and mathematics education, directly impact economic prosperity and global competitiveness.

This paper explores some of the interdependencies that arise from supercharged technological advances such as AI augmented reality digital technologies (ARDTs) and DLTNs and their possible impact on education, educators, learners, and society. In addition, it unbundles the meaning and use cases of AI, ARDTs, and DLTNs in education.


1 The author gratefully acknowledges Prof. Ching-Ching Lin, Ed.D., Touro College, GSE for her insightful peer review of this paper.

Keywords:
Fourth Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence, Exponential Technology, Deep Learning, Personalized Competency-based Learning, Natural Language Processing and Distributed Ledger Technology Networks

Zoom Seminar – Yemeni TESOL Teaching for the Future: Exploring Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Virtual Spaces 

Future Horizons Foundation for Translation, Training and Development together with President Prof. Abdullah Al Ghurbani and Prof. Jasmin Bey Cowin proudly present a free seminar on July 27th, 2021 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm aimed at continued professional TESOL development for all its alumni and graduates. This free seminar and workshop and attendance is limited to the Foundation’s Alumni. 

Future Horizons Foundation for Translation, Training and Development together with President Prof. Abdullah Al Ghurbani and Prof. Jasmin Bey Cowin proudly present a free seminar on July 27th, 2021 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm aimed at continued professional TESOL development for all its alumni and graduates. This free seminar and workshop and attendance is limited to the Foundation’s Alumni. 

Please click this link https://forms.gle/BudCNdevNb5HLAnk9 to sign up.
Yemeni TESOL Teaching for the Future: Exploring Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Virtual Spaces 


This Zoom seminar will focus on educational resources for TESOL teaching such as public digital libraries, open educational resources, and virtual rooms in hubs. The aim is to create access and equity for Yemini TESOL teachers to free materials, resources, and contemporary technology. 
If you are a confirmed Future Horizons Foundation for Translation, Training and Development Alumni you will receive a link via the provided email from the form.

Presenter Bio: Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin
Assistant Professor and TESOL Practicum Coordinator,
Touro College, GSE, NY


Dr. Cowin’s pro-bono work is seated in a deep professional and personal commitment to transcending boundaries and bringing universal access to high-quality teacher education and professional teacher development. As a Fulbright Scholar; Assistant Professor and TESOL Practicum Coordinator at Touro College, GSE; Chair of the 51st New York State TESOL fall 2021,  she brings over twenty-five years of experience as an educator and institutional leader. 

As an Education Policy Fellow at the EPFP™ Institute, Columbia University/Teachers College, she became part of a select group of strategic leaders analyzing trends regarding effective educational policy and leadership. Her EPFP™ focus was on three pillars: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Leadership, and Educational Policy furthering her understanding of the challenges that lie at the heart of education inequity. 

Dr. Cowin’s extensive background in education, administration, not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to the idea of education as a basic human right, technology innovation, and demonstrated sensitivity to cultural communication differences; provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally.
https://drcowinj-locationindependentteach.com/about/ 

Touro GSE At Work features Assistant Professor Jasmin Cowin in Faculty Spotlight

It is an honor to be chosen as featured faculty at Touro GSE.

Jasmin Cowin, assistant professor and TESOL practicum coordinator for TESOL and Bilingual Programs at the Touro College Graduate School of Education, has brought innovation to the educator preparation program by presenting virtual, augmented and mixed reality e-learning platforms. Her students use avatars to explore a variety of simulation-based settings in ways that facilitate active knowledge in multi-modal ways, which enhance candidates’ understanding of  diverse learners’ educational needs. The student avatars in simulations are controlled by artificial emotional intelligence software. As intensive web applications, these environments provide a safe, risk-free virtual space to explore a range of teaching strategies, while offering immediate feedback as a training tool for teacher candidates during clinical experiences. Cowin’s latest research on e-learning was published in the International Research and Review Journal of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society of International Scholars Fall 2020 edition. She also serves as chair of the New York State Teaching English as a Second Language 51st Annual

https://mailchi.mp/c9e0aa3148d6/touro-college-ranks-in-top-100-best-online-graduate-education-programs-4926338?e=0597240d44

NYS TESOL Journal published Dr. Cowin’s “Simulation-Based Learning Environment: A Training Tool for TESOL Teacher Candidates”

simSchool screenshot of virtual classroom

simSchool: screenshot of virtual classroom environment training module.

I am pleased to announce the publication of my Materials Review:

Cowin, J. B. (2020). simSchool’s Simulation-Based Learning Environment: A Training Tool for TESOL Teacher Candidates. NYS TESOL Journal, 7(2), 44-46. Retrieved 2020, from http://journal.nystesol.org/currentissue.html

Many thanks to the helpful direction of the Editor-in-Chief Lubie Grujicic-Alatriste, New York City, College of Technology, City University of New York.

Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin Presents “Tips and Resources on Teaching Math Online to English Learners”, a NYS TESOL Webinar

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Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin presents “Tips and Resources on Teaching Math Online to English Learners” on 8/20/2020 at 2 pm

Explore different online tools such as Desmos Activities .

Key Math vocabulary for ELLs in Preproduction, Early Production, Speech Emergence, (Krashen & Terrell, 1983).
• Number words, including cardinal (three) and ordinal (third) form
• Words related to basic mathematical operations:
• Addition, add, sum, plus
• Subtraction, subtract, difference, minus
• Multiplication, multiply, product, times
• Division, divide, quotient
• Equals

Accepted Conference Proposal: Simulation-Based Learning Environments for the Twenty-seventh International Conference on Learning July 13 – 15, 2020

Accepted Conference Proposal: Simulation-Based Learning Environments for the Twenty-seventh International Conference on Learning July 13 – 15, 2020. A virtual poster presentation with a focus on epistic game theory.

A virtual poster presentation with a focus on epistic game theory

letter_of_invitation_jasmin-cowin

Online, web-based virtual classroom environments, populated with student avatars, use simulation-based learning to increase teacher candidates’ understanding of the educational needs of diverse learners. The student avatars in simulations are controlled by artificial emotional intelligence software. As intensive web applications, these environments can provide a safe, risk-free virtual space to explore a range of teaching strategies, while offering immediate feedback as a training tool for teacher candidates during interrupted practicum experiences, fully online pedagogy courses and virtual fieldwork experiences.

Keywords: Simulation-Based Learning, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Epistic Game Theory, Virtual Teacher Practicum

For whom: Twenty-Seventh International Conference on Learning July 13 – 15, 2020 Universitat de València – Facultat de Magisteri, Av. dels Tarongers, 4, València, Spain

 

Resources from the Webinar: NYS TESOL Resources for Supporting English Learners and their Parents- Prof. Jasmin Bey Cowin, Ed.D.

Dear Participants,

I hope my post finds you well and safe.

Here the promised Zoom recording and slides Resources for Supporting English Learners and their Parents.

Zoom recording of Webinar

 Resources for Supporting English Learners and their Parents by Prof Jasmin Cowin EdD

The Collaborative for Inclusive Education Workshop by Dr. Jasmin Cowin: Transcending Boundaries through Family Literacy: An Exploration of ENL Learning and Teaching with Technology

The Collaborative for Inclusive Education envisions a time when all public schools welcome and successfully educate all students, regardless of their abilities or background. To achieve this goal, they empower NYC charter schools to develop high quality inclusive educational environments by providing professional development opportunities, resources, school-based guidance and access to local and national best practices and renowned special populations’ experts. Here my workshop presentation as a share to anyone interested in Family Literacy: An Exploration of ENL Learning and Teaching with Technology.

The Collaborative for Inclusive Education envisions a time when all public schools welcome and successfully educate all students, regardless of their abilities or background. To achieve this goal, they empower NYC charter schools to develop high quality inclusive educational environments by providing professional development opportunities, resources, school-based guidance and access to local and national best practices and renowned special populations’ experts. Here my workshop presentation as a share to anyone interested in Family Literacy: An Exploration of ENL Learning and Teaching with Technology.

Workshop Collaborative for Inclusive Education Public