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Mursion™ Avatar Lab

Mursion™ is an innovative mixed-reality technology that simulates educator experiences such as teaching, parent conferences and job interviews, through real-time interaction with digital avatars.  This mixed reality environment provides opportunities to practice scaffolding and/or differentiated instruction in a variety of content areas. Participants can present or review lessons, use an array of instructional strategies and assess their own ability to engage students in learning activities.  Mursion™ provides teacher candidates the opportunity to develop their pedagogical practice in a safe environment that doesn’t place real students at risk.  The use of the Mursion™ Lab has also been instrumental in teacher candidate transition to the classroom as well as in service teacher professional development.

FEATURES

Mursion™ can be used in a number of ways, not only by pre-service teachers but also experience teachers and even administrators. Candidates can work on:

  • Classroom Management
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Higher Level Question
  • Job Interviews Strategies
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • And more...

 

MURSION AVATAR LAB LOCATIONS

  • Pleasantville Campus - Buchsbaum House Classroom – B101
  • New York City Campus - 1 Pace Plaza SOE Classroom – W210
  • Mobile Avatar Lab - One Mobile Avatar Lab System

 

HOW TO GET MURSION  SCHEDULED

There is a single point of contact for each campus, to schedule a session please contact:


THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE SCHEDULING YOUR SESSION

  1. Gather all the information for your session(s).  We need to know the date and time you are requesting, which avatars you want and what intensity level you are requesting.
  2. Request your session through the point of contact on your campus.
  3. Provide all materials when requesting a session.
    • Scenario Planner/Design lists your Scope of Work. It’s the basic plan for how you want your sessions to run, what your goals are, etc. Usually, your scenario planner will be the “plan” for all of your sessions for that semester.
    • Basic Materials are limited to one or two PDF pages, 10 PowerPoint slides (under 10 slides), or a brief video (under 5 minutes for which you must provide a YouTube link)
    • Custom Learner Materials are any additional materials you submit that go over or above the amount of Basic Materials you are already allotted in your scope of work. There are additional charges for Custom Learner Materials because the more material you submit, the longer it takes your interactor to prepare for your session.
  4. We will confirm your session by sending you an email and/or an event invitation that you can save to a calendar.

 

SUPPORT

The hardware and troubleshoot is support by Educational Media on the respective campus.  The faculty faculitating the avatar lab session is responsible for the connection and running of their session. 

EdMedia Contact Information

EdMedia Office Hours

  • Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm

 

Mursion Contact Information

Mursion Tech Support Hotline. If you are having technical difficulties, you can call 1-888-366-3172 9:00 to 5:00 EST Monday through Friday. They can assist you in identifying whether your tech issue is present in your hardware, internet connection or they can forward you to the Mursion expert who can handle any of your other relevant questions.

The avatar lab hardware in the classrooms, Buchsbaum 101 and West 210 is already set up. If you have scheduled a sessionare in a different location and have to set-up the mobile lab.


RUNNING A MURSION AVATAR LAB SESSION

  • CLEAR THE ROOM of all of the participants (students, guest)
  • Open Skype (if it is not already started)
  • Mursion will send you a message, once you are connected through Skype.
  • Video call Mursion at the start time of your session
  • Start the Mursion software (desktop icons - high school, middle school, adult/parent)
  • Enter the Session Name (given to you by the interactor on Skype)
  • Test the connection (sounds, movement)
  • Verify the session objectives and goals with the interactor.
  • Begin your Session

 

TROUBLESHOOTING

Mursion Tech Support Hotline. If you are having technical difficulties, you can call 1-888-366-3172 9:00 to 5:00 EST Monday through Friday. They can assist you in identifying whether your tech issue is present in your hardware, internet connection or they can forward you to the Mursion expert who can handle any of your other relevant questions.

COMMON TECH ISSUES

AUDIO SETTINGS

Make sure you test the speakers before starting your session.  The settings for the PC and the setting in Skype should be configured for same speakers.

SESSION NOT LOADING

The screen is stuck on the word Mursion

Work with the interactor.  Most common fix is to restart your session

STUDENT TRACKING NOT WORKING

Kinect Camera is not tracking student moving in our classroom

  • Once you have loaded your session you press K on the keyboard to enable the motion tracking through the Kinect camera. 
  • If that is not working check to make sure the USB cable is plugged into the computer and the power cable is plugged in.
  • If the tracking is still not working you can inform Mursion you would like to do manual tracking.

 

For more information on Mursion™ click here  to visit their website.