Track: Theoretical & Research Papers

Title Collaboration on Virtual Harmony: STEM Research on the Mars Geothermal, Nonlinear Game Design on Atlantis and Unity3D, and the Migration to MOSES
Author(s): Cynthia Calongne; Andrew Stricker
Date Friday, March 16 12:00
Location: Central Auditorium
Abstract Virtual Harmony is a custom virtual environment that spans over 32 simulations to promote exploration and compelling learning experiences for education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the study of history, leadership, innovation and military tactics. This paper introduces the current game design activities on Virtual Harmony and in Unity3D, the collaborative activities on the Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy (MOSES) project and a research study that evaluated the use of model-based reasoning and somatic computing for evaluating alternatives in avatar morphology to enhance STEM learning experiences within a Mars Geothermal game simulation.
Bio(s): Cynthia Calongne: Dr. Calongne, a.k.a. Lyr Lobo in Second Life, is Chair of Emerging Media for Colorado Technical University's Doctoral Program.  With 15 years of experience as a professor of computer science and thirteen years as a software engineer, software project manager and systems programmer, she has taught 28 university classes in Second Life, designed and taught 28 different course subjects and hosted over 97 conference presentations in 5 years. Her research includes The Mars Expedition, a Grand Prize Winner in the 2010 Federal Virtual World Challenge, the design of learning simulations, research on Virtual Harmony and research at Ephemeral for the Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy (MOSES) project.
Andrew Stricker: Dr. Andrew Stricker serves as a distributed learning architect for Air University by helping to design, develop, and implement advanced and emerging learning technology innovations into U.S. Air Force educational and professional military education programs. Previously, Dr. Stricker served Vanderbilt University as associate provost for innovation through technology. He has also served 28 years as an Air Force officer and scientist specializing in learning sciences and human-factors engineering. Dr. Stricker studied at Texas A&M University and Yale University.  His research is focused on modeling adaptive expertise and the design of learning technologies.

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