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Wednesday, November 7 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Enchancing Empathy and Understanding Through Collaborative, Virtual Reality-based Field Experiences

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If this next generation of children is indeed so immersed in technology so early and pervasively that it will be harder and harder to get their attention and focus them of key issues of learning, then we're going to need new tools to educate them well.  Classroom-based, virtual reality-based, collaborative experiences might be just that instrument.  Recent research now points to the impact that visualizations, emotions, and personal experiences  have upon long-term memory and empathy training.  Within a VR environment, students can collectively travel to and explore physical and social environments remarkably different from their own.  If seeing is believing, then well-planned, problem-based VR learning excursions where students see first-hand the practical, physical challenges confronting underprivileged persons from across the globe should serve as powerful tools in the development of socially-conscientious young citizens.  

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Jeff Beine

Associate Professor, Malone University
Dr. Jeff Beine has spent twenty years in the classroom, serving students of all ages (third - twelfth) of all ability ranges (Special Education - Gifted) and diverse settings (private school - urban public).   For the last decade, Dr. Beine has taught in Malone University's (Canton... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST
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