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EDUCATION

Mursion In Action

Mursion’s technology is being used by more than 65 universities and other programs to prepare pre-service K-12 teachers for the challenges of teaching in today’s classrooms. Similarly, K-12 school systems use Mursion to help teachers hone their skills once on the job.

All types of instructional techniques can be rehearsed in Mursion’s virtual reality simulator, including managing classrooms, working with children with special needs, and practicing specific instructional routines relevant to a particular subject area. For example, beginning teachers at the State University of New York at New Paltz practive an inquiry-based teaching model in the Mursion simulator that is helping them learn to foster excitement for science.

Read about the Role of Virtual Simulation in elevating educator performance

[Simulation] gives them an opportunity to practice until they feel mastery of that teaching skill. They can then bring that back into the real classroom in a way that will help them transform their teaching practice.
- Bridget Hamry, Research Associate Professor
UVA Curry School of Education

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School districts and charter management organizations have deployed Mursion’s platform to provide customized immersive training experiences for teacher leaders, assistant principals, and school principals, including:

  • Improving how leaders communicate with parents
  • Rehearsing how to effectively give feedback to a struggling teacher
  • Effectively facilitating team meetings to improve instruction and address achievement gaps

School districts and charter management organizations are beginning to use the simulator to develop important social and emotional skills, such as grit, in students. Alexandria City Public Schools is using the simulator to build the communication skills of students with autism spectrum disorder.

Read about the Role of Virtual Simulation in working with children with autism

Project Spotlight
The Next Generation of Teacher Licensure

NOTE is a state-of-the-art assessment for licensure that evaluates a prospective teacher’s ability to translate knowledge of content and teaching into practice in the classroom.

ETS is planning to use Mursion’s simulation technology on a series of performance tasks aligned to aspects of teaching that are representative of real-life teaching experiences, including leading a classroom discussion with a provided lesson plan and eliciting student thinking about student work and specific content.

Partnership Announcement

With Mursion’s platform we have a way to provide classroom challenges that teachers find true-to-life
- Eric Steinhauser
ETS

Crucial Conversations for School Leaders

Since 1943, ASCD has provided visionary expertise for its educational members to improve their teaching, learning, and leadership.

Today, ASCD continues to look to the future and is partnering with Mursion to design a series of highly interactive, virtual reality simulations to support school leaders. School leaders can learn conversational strategies and receive coaching to improve their approach in a structured, safe setting that allows them to practice with digital characters rather than real people.

Partnership Announcement

Research shows that simulation can change targeted skills, including highly complex social interactions, such as the ability to effectively communicate with others.
- Jim Hemgen
Managing Director of Professional Learning Services, ASCD
Licensing Mursion’s Software for Educator Preparation

Visionary faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) are harnessing the power of simulation by designing and delivering custom simulation scenarios in-house. As the first site capable of autonomous rapid prototyping of virtual reality scenarios, UTRGV is paving the way for the next generation of professional learning simulations in teacher education.

By engaging other schools within the university and using their Mursion software license to expand professional development services with nearby school districts, various UTRGV programs are using Mursion to generate revenue and improve student learning.

Elevating Teacher Preparation in Massachusetts

Mursion and MA DESE are partnering to design and embed virtual simulations into coursework in 18 educator preparation programs across the state. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mursion will design four new avatars, including: a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, one middleschooler who has another specific learning disability, an English Learner and a new adult avatar who can be used to practice parent engagement techniques.

Mursion in collaboration with subject matter experts will design 12-16 new simulation scenarios that faculty can integrate into courses. The two-year project aims to serve 1,500 preservice teachers. Mursion is also designing performance tasks that will be used for an alternative teacher certification assessment.

Press Release

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner again with Mursion to further support the use of simulation in our educator preparation programs that give preservice teachers the opportunity to practice essential skills in low-risk settings in an effort to receive high quality feedback and improve their practice before beginning their student teaching experience.”
- Liz Losee, Director for Educator Preparation and Assessment
DESE (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)