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University of West Florida awarded grant for innovative study on teacher practice

The University of West Florida’s College of Professional Studies and the Santa Rosa County Public School System were recently awarded a competitive grant to investigate the use of virtual reality to change teacher practice and student achievement.

Ten sites across the country will participate in a national research project led by the University of Central Florida using TeachLivE™, a computer-simulated classroom that supports teacher practice in pedagogy and content.

UWF was one of the schools chosen for their innovative use of classroom simulation. The university currently uses the TeachLivE™ simulator to help practicing teachers retool their skills. The TeachLivE™ Lab, a mixed-reality simulator, allows pre-service and in-service teachers to practice teaching in a real classroom with virtual students.

The research study is focusing on how the virtual environment could be used for the professional development of practicing teachers, and how it can change their behaviors to positively impact student learning.

For additional information contact Dr. Christine R. Ogilvie at 850.474.3460 or