Associate professor Ann Clements will travel to England in September 2015 to present her research at the "Designs for eLearning Conference" hosted by the University of London.
Clements will be joined by Penn State colleagues Chris Stubbs and Bart Pursel for two presentations. The first - "Creating a 3D Virtual Teaching Lab (VTL) in the Arts" (with Chris Stubbs) - will focus on a 3D virtual teaching laboratory that Clements and colleagues in the Teaching and Learning with Technology department are currently building at Penn State. Blending the best elements of games and simulations, including feedback, repetition, narrative, and safe spaces to fail, this lab will allow pre-service teachers an opportunity to practice common teaching skills such as the use of proximity, gesture, engagement, and classroom management in a simulated virtual environment. This virtual environment also provides the opportunity for young teachers to hone the inherently social experience of teaching into an independently contrived and controlled - anytime, anywhere opportunity. This flexibility creates unlimited opportunities for practice, including the ability to experience difficult ethical, moral, of behavioral situation multiple times in a row and to explore making different decisions about how best to handle these teaching and learning situations. This project is funded by Penn State Educational Technology Services and is based on her winning submission of the Penn State 2015 Open Innovation Challenge.
The second presentation - "A Cross-University Collaborative DOCC: Outcomes of a Pilot Study in Collaborative Learning" (with Bart Pursel and Chris Stubbs) - will highlight the pilot study outcomes of a newly created multi-university Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC). Partnering with 31 music education faculty members from 14 different universities, 41 curricular learning modules were created. These modules were combined on a website (musicedseries.org) that contained elements of social media, allowing for cross-university dialogue within each module, and digital badges, allowing for cross-university certification.