Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Making Learning Real: Turning Sim City into "Sim Science"!

Diane Jass Ketelhut, Assistant Professor of Science Education, Temple University
Abstract: Current theories suggest that learning is facilitated when embedded in the context in which it will be used, but the constraints of the traditional classroom make implementing this difficult to impossible. This session will focus on exploring how new technologies such as virtual environments can situate learning in a "real" virtual context, motivate students while helping them develop scientific habits of mind, and support teachers in leading complex scientific inquiries.
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I came in late unfortunately - I had a meeting that I just had to go to. However it seems people attending get the idea and understand the value of authentic learning and even in using 'virtual real' environments. But the questions in the back channel ask:
"Right now the question is time - time and money for faculty to develop these scenarios." My response is, so how can some people like Diane do this while the rest of the world asks about time. I think you just have to do it. This is again about proving and modelling the concept. Slow and painful though that process might be. How can we as a university help people to 'do it' more often?


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