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The Use of Virtual Environments in Teacher Preparation

, , Old Dominion University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


While virtual technology for training in the simulation field has had a long history in medicine and the military, the application of emerging and innovative technologies in teacher preparation and education has been limited. TeachME™ (Teaching in a Mixed Reality Environment) is an innovative mixed-reality environment (the blending of real and synthetic content) where prospective teachers can interact with a group of virtual students. The purpose of the virtual teaching environment of TeachME™ is to positively impact teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention in education by allowing teachers to improve their skills with virtual students, providing a more ethical approach to learning the art of teaching. This paper introduces the project, the mixed-reality environment, and the results of its effectiveness on pre-service teachers.


Judge, S. & Katsioloudis, P. (2011). The Use of Virtual Environments in Teacher Preparation. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3012-3014). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 27, 2020 from .



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