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College of Education Debuts Virtual Avatar Laboratory

The College of Education was proud to highlight the new Virtual Avatar Laboratory (VAL) during the Auburn University Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 3.

Faculty and staff from across campus came to see the demonstration, which highlighted the need to improve teacher candidate lab and field experiences. One way to do that is through the VAL.

Trustee Liz Huntley volunteered to teach a live demonstration to middle school student avatars. She was successful in working with them in a discussion on Romeo and Juliet. Stay tuned for the VAL open house announcement coming soon.

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Special Education Advisory Committee members were able to spend some time in the Virtual Avatar Laboratory.

Virtual Avatar Laboratory (VAL) 

The College of Education (COE) at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) is proud to provide Alabama’s only Virtual Avatar Laboratory (VAL) through Mursion, Inc. Mursion’s mixed reality platform employs a combination of artificial intelligence and live actors to deliver powerful simulations that mimic the most challenging interactions that teachers face on the job. Others may know the VAL as the TeachLivE technology engineered by the University of Central Florida that has been successful in leading the research in teacher simulations. This blend of technology and human performance creates a fully immersive and challenging simulation environment that forces learners to take risks (without harming students) and from which they can learn how to improve day-to-day performance with immediate, evidence-based feedback.

Who Benefits From the VAL?

Beyond the COE, Mursion’s immersive training simulator also can be used by a wide range of partners, such as colleges, non-academic units, school systems, the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), and other outside organizations to improve or customize an interpersonal learning environment. Partners with a wide range of needs can expect immersive, personalized learning in the VAL because it is:

  • AUTHENTIC AND HANDS ON Models what research says works best for adult learners

  • TARGETED Focuses on discrete skills and produces common performance errors
  • INTERACTIVE Promotes self-reflection and accelerates professional growth
  • PERSONALIZED Meets partners where they are and enables them to practice skills they can use tomorrow

Where is the VAL?

The VAL is located on the AUM campus in COE Room 100.

When is the VAL Available?

The VAL is available 8 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (depending upon availability). 

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Thank you for your interest in the VAL. For more information, please email Dr. Kate D. Simmons at OR fill out the VAL interest form below.

VAL Interest Form
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