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Teach to Avatar

A Student interacts with virtual avatars on a screen

The IUSE teach-to-avatar projects provide an opportunity for pre-service teachers to engage in specific skill development and practice. STEM pre-service teachers are able to practice questioning, discussion, and culturally and linguistically sustaining STEM pedagogies with students in a virtual reality simulation.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant Information

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #2020972 and #2215675. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Research Team

Dr. John Pecore
Position: Professor
  • Department: School of Education
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 197A

Dr. John Pecore researches innovative ways to engage students in science.

Dr. Shim Lew
Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: School of Education
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 186

Dr. Shim Lew, an Assistant Professor, received a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education with an emphasis on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

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Dr. Minkyoung Kim
Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Instructional Design and Technology
  • Office Location:  Building 77, Room 103B

Dr. Minkyoung Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Instructional Design and Technology.


2023 AECT Emerging Learning Technology Award: 1st Place
The 'Teach-to-Avatar' project (Grant #2020972) received the first-place Emerging Learning Technology Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) in 2023. AECT is a reputable academic and professional organization dedicated to advancing the educational use of technology. Our project was recognized for its innovative application of virtual simulation technology in developing preservice teachers' teaching skills.

Drs. Minkyoung Kim and John Pecore accept the Emerging Learning Technology Award