Dakota State University incorporates technology into the classroom for unique learning opportunities

Thursday, February 07, 2019

MADISON, S.D. - In the College of Education at Dakota State University in Madison, the teachers are trying to incorporate more technology to enhance the learning experience for students. In the College of Education, many professors have teamed up to create a unique and beneficial experience. This is all part of something the university calls VALE, which stands for a Virtual Avatar Learning Experience.

Currently, DSU is the only school in South Dakota using a mixed-reality technology called TeachLivE. Students studying to become a teacher are able to teach a virtual classroom full of students. The virtual students have personalities of younger children to try to simulate a classroom environment. Instructors at DSU said this is a great alternative for students because it can be hard to schedule a time to teach students live in a real classroom. The technology for this program was created at the University of Central Florida.

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