1. Allow students to interact in virtual classrooms in a low stakes environment. 2. Measure students’ perceived understanding of relevant course concepts embedded in competencies (prior to and after TeachLivE™). 3. Measure students’ perceived preparedness to engage in the competency behaviors in school settings (prior to and after TeachLivE™).
1. Results from our analyses of students’ experiences in the TeachLivE™ indicated that students benefitted from the hands-on experience of interacting in their virtual classrooms, particularly in their preparedness to implement various course concepts into their own classrooms. Based on results from student surveys, we recommend more hands-on scenarios with ample opportunities for students to reflect on their internship experience individually and with fellow classmates. 2. How many students were impacted by this project? Graduate students:
47 (summer), 45 (fall), 44 (winter). 3. How many courses were impacted by this project?
Two (EDUC 649 Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform and EDUC 510 Teaching and Learning). They also had a fall experience that was not attached to a course.
We received funding from a donor and will continue to use it in EDUC 649. Methods instructors will be incorporating it into secondary methods courses (math and world languages) that are taught to undergraduate teaching interns as well as secondary MAC teaching interns. At the elementary level, it will also be incorporated in EDUC 392 (Educational Foundations in a Multicultural Society). We are also using funding from the donor to create a TeachLivE™ lab on the 3rd floor of the SOE.
Researchers at the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER) have prepared a final report that will be distributed to the project team as well as any other constituents of the TeachLivE™ program. These recommendations will be used to further inform future iterations of this program.
We will also hold a brown bag discussion about the results and what we learned from the project with teacher education instructors and others interested in the simulation.
Advice to your Colleagues:
We received some great information from our collection of data before and after students’ TeachLivE™ experience. For any design of any “intervention program” such as this one, we recommend offering some type of randomly designed trial so that researchers can examine the direct impact of similar programs on their target audience.