Gain an understanding of the power of Immersive Virtual Learning for all learners, especially those that were not considered as good candidates for this method of training in the past – i.e. those on the margin.
1. Understand our experiment (motivation, design, outcomes).
2. Understand how the IVLE course design process is at once the same and yet different from traditional course design.
3. Understand how IVLE learning is fundamentally different – i.e. suspended disbelief.
4. Understand how the quality and quantity of imbedded cues & clues affect immersion and Cognitive Load.
5. Understand how the learning environment (i.e. interface devices) influence learner apprehension for the marginalized population.
6. Understand the benefits of IVLE learning for dangerous and/or physical environments where experiential learning is impractical.
7. Understand how IVLEs in general and our experiment in particular can be applied to any situation.
About the Presenters:
Dr. Glynn Cavin
Dr. Glynn Cavin is the Director of the Louisiana Transportation Research Center’s Transportation Training and Education Center. Glynn served 24 years on active duty in the USAF as a logistics officer rising to the rank of full Colonel. His 12 assignments during that time allowed him the opportunity to live in a number of the States, the Far East, and Europe. He was a Squadron Commander and a staff officer on the Air Staff and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and an alumni of the National Defense University, Washington D.C. Upon completion of his military career, Glynn returned to his home town to work in private industry and the public works departments of the cities of Baker and Baton Rouge. In 2005, he was selected as the first Director of the Transportation Training and Education Center, bringing a state-of-the-art adult continuing education center online, training over 5,600 adults yearly. Early in 2006, he began his successful pursuit of his Doctorate in Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, and he continues research in virtual world learning, leadership and emotional intelligence in addition to his daily activities running the Center. Glynn’s work on workforce development issues has led to his involvement in national boards such as TRB’s Training, Education and Technology Transfer subcommittee, the National Transportation Workforce Summit, and the AASHTO Human Resources subcommittee. He currently serves as the President of the National Transportation Training Directors, is a certified Emotional Intelligence consultant, and is continuing his study of leadership in crisis situations. Glynn is the proud father of one daughter living in South Africa with her husband and two terrific grandsons and another daughter in Law School.
Dr. Mary Leah Coco
Dr. Mary Leah Coco is the Assistant Director at the Louisiana Transportation Research Center’s Transportation Training and Education Center, which is located on the Louisiana State University campus. Mary Leah’s responsibilities at TTEC include oversight of over $2 million dollar training budget; contract administration and oversight on all external training initiatives; needs assessment strategy development and implementation for training effectiveness and strategic initiatives; and overall training program evaluation. She was also the Co-Principle Investigator on $275,000 departmental research grant to study immersive virtual learning environments using experiential learning theory as a framework. Prior to joining the TTEC team, Mary Leah served as a Research Associate at the Louisiana State University Division of Workforce Development for five years and worked for the FBI for seven years prior. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Science in Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, and Doctor of Philosophy with a focus in Adult Education from Louisiana State University. Mary Leah’s specific research interests include: immersive virtual learning, adult education, experiential learning, distance education, and knowledge transfer. She serves on committees for the Transportation Research Board, Parkview Baptist School, Delta Zeta Alumni Association, and the American Heart Association. Mary Leah is the proud mother of one daughter, Annie, and wife of Jeremy.
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