Educational Technology

July 24, 2010

Student avatars could help improve teacher training

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:36 am

by Steven Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed

Here’s how it works: The teacher-in-training stands in a room in front of a projection screen depicting five students into two rows. The student avatars are being controlled by “interactors” — acting students from the university’s fine arts school and sometimes hired professionals — who have studied the behavior of the students they are embodying. The fact that the teachers-in-training are interacting with avatars that are being controlled in real time by humans, as opposed to artificially intelligent personas, is the key to the whole project, says Dieker.

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