General Course Information for EDT613: Simulations & Virtual Reality

Course: EDT613 - Simulations & Virtual Reality
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Course Prerequisite(s):

Recommended: Prior completion of

Course Description:

Simulations andamp; Virtual Reality explores the role of multi-user virtual environments and simulations (MUVES) in education. Using Second Life, students will identify and use the pedagogical methods, virtual tools and content resources for creating and teaching in a virtual reality.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Design and build a learning environment (simulation) in a virtual world
  • Conduct and evaluate teaching sessions in a virtual world.
  • Evaluate and analyze the educational utility of a game, simulation or virtual reality environment
  • Analyze and synthesize recent research relevant to teaching and learning in virtual world simulations
  • Conduct individual and group projects in a virtual reality environment.
Course Requirements:

Acquire an account in a virtual world and complete avatar orientation. Edit personal avatar's appearance from its default settings. Navigate to National University Island and Escribir House and submit a document that contains (a) the contents of any virtual world notecard, the XYZ coordinates of a visited sim, and a snapshot image of created avatar. Read, watch and listen to virtual world materials provided in the Discussion Board area. Write a short essay in response to the Discussion Board topic and respond to at least two classmates on the Discussion Board. Join a social network related to virtual worlds. Participate in Live Chat or watch video archive of it. Visit the virtual world Educator's Tool Shed on National University Island. Read tool notecards use their landmark links to acquire at least two tools that might be used in building the final project simulation. Navigate to the National University sandbox and set up a virtual world teaching tools for operation. Write a short essay in response to the Week 2 Discussion Board topic on Virtual Worlds Best Teaching Practices and respond to at least two classmates on the Discussion Board. Watch the instructional video on hypergriding and hypergrid to at least other worlds and compare them to Second Life. Find and review three examples of in-world lessons and simulations created in chosen subject area. Provide the XYZ coordinates in a Word document. Submit the final version of your final project's storyboard to the dropbox provided. Create and revise a formal lesson plan for teaching in a virtual world of your choice using the models provided. Set up and operate teaching tools in-world for a lesson in a virtual world. Troubleshoot teaching tools based on feedback from classmates and instructor. Participate in Week 3 Discussion Board by posting a written copy of a complete lesson plan and critique the lesson plans of at least two other classmates using the rubric provided. Post final lesson plan as Word document in drop box provided in Final Lesson Plan.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures