Touro University Online Summit 22 Presentation  by Jasmin Cowin, Ed.D. on “AI, Avatars and 21st Century Simulation Training for Educators”

AI and intelligent systems are positioned to become change agents in education through ushering in profound changes in institutional administrative and teaching functions, systemic strategic planning, and program planning. Post-pandemic, the explosive growth of fully-accredited online degrees has also reached teacher education programs. However, any online teacher education program needs alternative pathways to support teacher candidates in their online journey at Touro University and towards teacher certification. This lightening talk focused on alternative meeting, teaching and advising spaces in metaverses such as Agora World. Meeting in such alternative, closed-loop spaces fosters positive faculty-candidate interaction, provides pathways for collaborative experiences, nurtures self-efficiacy, and the ability to partner authentically through talking, presenting, debating within groups in a constructed safe metaverse space.

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin presents “The Three Pillars: Strategic Augmented Reality Digital Technologies Implemetation” at the International Conference on Innovation in Basic – Higher Education, İstanbul, Türkiye

It was my honor to present “The Three Pillars: Strategic Augmented Reality Digital Technologies (ARDT) Implementation” at the International Conference on Innovation in Basic – Higher Education (September 8-11, 2022) İstanbul, Türkiye (Republic of Turkey).


The purpose of this presentation was to frame and share my thoughts on The Three Pillars: Strategic Augmented Reality Digital Technologies (ARDT) Implementation for institutions of Higher Education. To offer ARDTs with functional 3D immersive spaces such as metaverses requires a robust institutional system-wide Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) discussion. TEL integrations not only ask for a highly qualified educator workforce but also demand articulated, interconnected institutional, educator, and learner cultures. The podcast would articulate the three different cultures institutions, educators, and learners to engage in meaningful conversations around ARDTs. The goal was to explore, discuss and debate the purposeful implementation of 21st Century technologies such as metaverses into Institutions of Higher Education while analyzing their positive potential and possible dangers they bring to higher education institutions.

Dr. Cowin presents on “Simulation Training, Teacher Performance, Assessment and Artificial Intelligence” at the English Language Centre, International English Language Teaching Symposium (IELTS-2022), “Pathways, Paradigms and Possibilities (PPP) in ELT,” Oman

Abstract

Teacher education programs require pathways for teacher performance assessment supporting ELT candidates completing practicum and fieldwork hours. This presentation focuses on reviewing, contrasting, and framing two distinct immersive ecosystems. Mursion and simSchool. Either platform offers immersive experiences simSchool is AI-driven while Mursion employs mixed-reality simulations. Both provide ELT teachers a platform to practice and hone the art and skill of teaching within a simulation using avatars through customized and personalized clinical experiences for language teaching.

Description

This workshop took deep dive into two very distinct teacher simulation training platforms: simSchool and Mursion. By comparing and contrasting the platforms’ respective approaches to simulation training workshop attendees be introduced to simulation-based learning and emotionally intelligent student avatar. This presentation identified, summarized, and reflected through showcasing each platforms teaching and simulation scenarios. In addition, simulation teacher performance assessment generates data. Such data aggregation offers institutions informed decision-making teacher performance through systematic reviews using data and technology to improve their language teacher education programs.