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Speaker: Laura Gilmour / Zeppelin123. University of Alberta. Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Psychology, M.Ed. Special Education, B.A. Psychology, Autistic Self-Advocate.
Stairway to STEM, a National Science Foundation-funded organization helps autistic succeed in post-secondary education. Resources created are geared towards families, autistic students, educators and policymakers. In some cases, online spaces allow autistic people to engage in experiences that would otherwise be out of reach for them. Improving the accessibility of post-secondary education through technology helps autistic people to “reach for the stars” and may lead to gainful employment.
- Define the role of Stairway to STEM in helping autistic students succeed
- Describe the potential for SL to improve outreach and accessibility of STEM education
Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation
Speaker: Leticia Deleon / Letty Luckstone, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
While virtual environments have been explored, discovered, and conquered, true immersion for learning continues to be elusive. This workshop will engage participants in an immersive model that borrows from experiential learning through the marriage of avatar, environment, and actions. Not only will participants engage in an immersive, interactive experience by using multimodal tools, but also create a plan for using the model with their own learners.
- The participant will immerse their avatar in a learning experience using multimodal tools.
- The participant will design their own plan for engaging their learners in true immersive learning.
Accessibility: Speak easy HUD
Speaker: Becky Adams / Elli Pinion, University of New Mexico
I will share findings of my research with a small group of K-12 teachers who participated in an online professional development initiative. Issues regarding the quality and effectiveness of professional development for K 12 teachers were addressed by the strengths of an online environment: choice, community building, and extended learning over time. Our efforts at UNM to support Online Instructors with PD, informed by this research, and how this can inform the use Virtual World approaches.
- To introduce a researched based model for effectively using online tools to support PD.
- To connect these findings to challenges they have in supporting PD in their field while building COP
Accessibility: Speak easy HUD