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Project duration: since 01.02.2017

Teach SEG - Instruction in diverse classrooms: teacher education and assessment through complex simulations

By using the digital revolution for teacher education and assessment, the innovative project proposed will significantly advance teacher training and help improve classroom instruction. Focusing on effective and adaptive classroom management as one of the three core dimension of instructional quality, a virtual classroom environment with 30 students – diverse in their academic talent, motivation, behavior, language skills and gender – will be developed within the framework of a Serious Educational Game (SEG) as a means of advancing the effectiveness and quality of teacher training.

Funding

Investment resources of the TU Dortmund

Project description

Effective teacher education and assessment are key tasks for all modern societies. By using the digital revolution for teacher education and assessment, the innovative project proposed will significantly advance teacher training and help improve classroom instruction. Focusing on effective and adaptive classroom management as one of the three core dimension of instructional quality, a virtual classroom environment with 30 students – diverse in their academic talent, motivation, behavior, language skills and gender – will be developed within the framework of a Serious Educational Game (SEG) as a means of advancing the effectiveness and quality of teacher training.

Schwarz-orangener Bildschirm und schwarzer Schriftzug des Projektnamens Teach SEG

In the simulation, prospective teachers are to practise appropriate classroom management through play in the virtual classroom by interacting with the virtual learners and improve it by experiencing the different reactions of the various learners to their actions as well as targeted feedback at the end of a 45-minute simulation session. The first phase of this forward-thinking project will span four years and includes (1) the development of the framework and game model, (2) the game development, programming and piloting, (3) validation and effectiveness studies in both countries, and (4) publication of results. The core project team will be located at the Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS, at TU Dortmund University, Germany) with close cooperation with experts in the field of teaching and teacher education in Germany and the US, as well as experts from the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST, at UCLA, USA).

Lead researcher at IFS

Project team

External project partners

  • Prof. Dr. Miriam Marleen Gebauer (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg)
  • National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST, UCLA, USA)

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.