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