Sunday, July 7, 2019

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA A Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) in a MUVE (virtual world): What would it do?

A Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) 
in MUVE (virtual world): 
What would it do?
Updated 11/1/2020
A draft prospectus for the development of a Digital Teaching Assistant as part of a virtual world intended for teaching.   The draft gives a preliminary job description, notes some parts that are currently available, and suggests some parts that could merit development efforts now.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
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What would a DTA do in a virtual world?



      What DTA support is already available?

      Record keeping in general

      Record of attendance and attention in class 

      • "List the three main points you put in your class notes."
      • The DTA records answers from each student.  The instructor can evaluate.

      Record of attendance and participation in team meetings

      • "What action items of yours did you report on at this meeting?" 
      • "What action items did you undertake from this meeting?"
      • "Who were the three main contributors to this meeting, not including yourself?"
      • The DTA records answers from each student.  The instructor can evaluate.

      Record of individual practice

      • By practice I mean actions expected to develop a skill, such as naming things in language learning.
      • A MUVE can offer practice as a game or as a quiz and can record the responses.
      • DTA can evaluate the responses and advise both the student and the instructor.
      • The DTA can aggregate data and use it for item analysis.


      • The capabilities mentioned above are not yet organized into an efficient package.
      • In the future, the existing systems might be connected to Moodle.

      What is needed for further DTA development?

      Specification of major types of DTA action

      Learning levels: different versions the DTA 

      • My initial guesses:
      • Post graduate
      • Junior-Senior (college )
      • Freshman-Sophomore (college )
      • Junior-Senior (high school)
      • Freshman-Sophomore (high school)

      Content areas for first DTA developments in MUVEs

      • STEM areas: Because of educational focus. 
      • STEM areas:  DTA can evaluate facts, measurements and expressions
      • Math: DTA can evaluate almost all of the work.
      • Biology:  Visuals are important here.  
      • Chemistry:  Chemical reactions can be simulated (enlarged).  DTA can evaluate most chemical expressions.
      • Astronomy: Visuals are essential.  DTA can simulate atomic physics.
      • Physics:  DTA can simulate atomic physics.
      • Digital Literacy: Matt Harris Vlog. Connections to the DTA and the virtual campus

      Introduction to virtual worlds

      No TA works without supervision

      DTA articles


      Development considerations

      Possible services, education

      New century education


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