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Invited presentation to UCF's 2012 Summer Faculty Development Conference on the topic of using immersive learning environments to prepare and engage more students into study abroad.

Invited presentation to UCF's 2012 Summer Faculty Development Conference on the topic of using immersive learning environments to prepare and engage more students into study abroad.

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  • 1. First Stop: Cyberspace Immersive Learning for Study Abroad Orientation Barbara Truman Director, Course Development Center for Distributed Learning UCF Summer Faculty Development Conference, Education and the 21 st-Century Student: Global, Cultural, and Professional Perspectives, May 3, 2012, International Studies, Concurrent Session
  • 2. My Research InterestsThe study of intercultural, appreciative intelligence withincollaborative communities- Game-based learning- Virtual, immersive learning- Metacognition and motivation- Informal learning- Cross-generational learning New Media Consortium’s Horizon Reports
  • 3. --- In Search of Alignment --- Need for Orientation+ My Experience• Thoroughly prepare • Frequent interactions with learners to get most out of international educators experience • Immersive learning• Safety precautions environments, social media• Awareness to assure • Learning outcomes for positive cultural response course development• Full compliance • Greater grant development
  • 4. Question: When you think of immersive learning environments whatcharacteristics come to mind? Dave Elfanbalm aka Botgirl 2012 Virtual Worlds Best Practices In Education (VWBPE) Presentation Playing with Identity
  • 5. Immersive Learning Environments• Non-threatening experiential learning• Social experimentation• Venue for practice and rehearsal• Valuable for role play• Play and adjust identity• Reflect upon meaning of “self”• Sensory triggers for memory• Can be global via the Internet Gord Holden, Heritage Christian Online School• Reasonably affordable British Columbia, Canada, VWBPE 2012• Data from interactions• Requires resiliency and cultural ethnorelativism
  • 6. UCF Study Abroad Example:Faculty-Led, Short TermProgramsWhat is needed that immersivelearning can serve?Advice for deeper orientation:Need to grasp the culture.What is polite or rude?How do you greet people?Who do you tip?How do you behave in religiousplaces or in museums?How to get around on your own?How to be safe?How to avoid breaking the law?
  • 7. Gartner Hype Cycle
  • 8. Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Local resource: • United States DoD Joint ADL Co-Lab • UCF Research Park • Focus on Next Generation Learner Dr. Elaine Raybourn University of New Mexico, Communications Department Sandia National Laboratories Adaptive Thinking Research
  • 9. International Participation March 15-17, 2012
  • 10. International Professional Development (free)(Right) A.J. Brooks, Monclair State, hosts organizers ofthe Virtual Worlds Best Practices in EducationConference during a weekly Virtual Worlds EducationRoundtable (VWER) meeting hosted by Bowling GreenState University (Left) VWBPE Session: Sabine Emad, Professor of Marketing, Geneva Business School (HEG) and Wade Halvorson, Assistant Professor, University of Western Australia, author of Virtual Worlds: Marketing Implications and Applications (2010) present in the amphitheatre below.Project: 50 university studentsfrom Switzerland and Australiawere brought together virtually ingroups of four to analyze amarketing case study.
  • 11. Future Institutional Collaborations? The leading global network of research universities for the 21st century Global emphasis on curriculum and collaboration. Key goal? Praxis UCF Invited Presentation November 2011, Vancouver, Canada
  • 12. Example Short Term Study Abroad Trip: Nicaragua Action research-service request ◦ Colorado Technical University ◦ InnerCHANGE WORKS (NGO) ◦ Universidad Americana Managua 320 donated iMac G3s Schools Involved ◦ Public Defender Office Provide training for in-country technician Spring 2012 Teacher training Network and database assistance Proposed solution establishing sustainable internet cafe Content courtesy of Dr. Anne Marie Armstrong
  • 13. Example Short Term Study Abroad Trip: Nicaragua Extreme service required Applied research Applied experience valued from nontraditional students Ongoing relationship sought Avoidance of government involvement Community requests for Internet Cafe Content courtesy of Dr. Anne Marie Armstrong
  • 14. Recent News: Avatars for Peace and Health April 24, 2012 Digital memory and preservation Meaning of embodied presence? Photo courtesy of Liz Dorland aka Chimera Cosmos, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 15. Question: How best could we employ the affordances of immersive learning to enrich your study abroad experiences? DEMONSTRATION
  • 16. More Free Immersive LearningProfessional Development Events Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds May 16-18, 2012 Howard Gardner, Stanford University, guest presenter October Timeframe New Media Faculty Seminar – Fall 2012 International SLanguages Event Gardner Campbell, Virginia Tech
  • 17. ReferencesBriers, G. E., Shinn, G. C., & Nguyen, A. N. (2010). Through Students’ Eyes: Perceptions and Aspirations of College of Agriculture and Life Science Students Regarding InternationalEducational Experiences. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 17(2), 5-20.Diehl, W. C., & Prins, E. (2008). Unintended outcomes in Second Life: Intercultural literacy and cultural identity in a virtual world. Language. Intercultural Communication Languageand Intercultural Communication, 8(2), 101-118.Fouts, J. S. (2011). Technology and Innovation Report Using Virtual World Journalism for Health Education. Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities, 1(2), 127-139.Fowler, S. M., & Pusch, M. D. (2010). Intercultural simulation games: a review (of the United States and beyond. Simulation & Gaming, 41(1), 94-115.Halfin, J. (2011). How Online Tools Can Be Used to Enrich Study Abroad. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Retrieved from, S., & Idriss, S. (2011). Exchange 2.0. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace.Lane, H. C. (2007). Metacognition and the Development of Intercultural Competence, Retrieved from, H., & Moutahir, M. (August 18-20, 2006). Multidisciplinary Experiential Education in Second Life: A Global Approach. Paper presented at the Second Life CommunityConvention, San Francisco.Moira, B., Cameron, M., & Thomas, L. (2010). Social network activity and social well-being. Paper presented at theProceedings of the 28th international conference on Human factors in computing systems, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.Murray, K., & Waller, R. (2007). Social networking goes abroad. International Educator, 16(3), 56-59.Sachau, D., Brasher, N., & Fee, S. (2010). Three Models for Short-Term Study Abroad. Journal of Management Education, 34(5), 645-670. doi: 10.1177/1052562909340880Seigel, S. E. (2010). Gaining Cultural Intelligence through Second Life Learning Interventions. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, 3(3), 45-50.Shively, R. L. (2010). From the Virtual World to the Real World: A Model of Pragmatics Instruction for Study Abroad. Foreign Language Annals, 43(1), 105-137. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2010.01063.xSykes, J. M., Oskoz, A., & Thorne, S. L. (2008). Web 2.0, Synthetic Immersive Environments, and Mobile Resources for Language Education. Calico Journal, Computer AssistedLanguage Instruction Consortium, 25(3), 528-546.Yee, N., Bailenson, J. N., Urbanek, M., Chang, F., & Merget, D. (2007). The unbearable likeness of being digital: The persistence of nonverbal social norms in online virtualenvironments. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 10.(1), 115-121. doi:10.1089/cpb.2006.9984Yeung, C.-m. A., Liccardi, I., Lu, K., Seneviratne, O., & Berners-lee, T. (2009). Decentralization: The future of online social networking. Paper presented at the W3C Workshop on theFuture of Social Networking, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 18. Thank youBarbara.Truman@ucf.eduTwitter: barbaratrumanFacebook, LinkedIn: Barbara TrumanSkype and Flickr: BtruwomanSecond Life: Delightful DoowangleResearch Blog:http://barbaratruman.blogspot.comPersonal Blog: http://barbaratruman.com