Simulations, virtual reality and serious gaming offer important advantages in remote learning

As postsecondary institutions turn to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, SimXSpace, a new player in the education space, is sharpening the focus on experiential education in online learning through the power of simulations. SimXSpace brings together Virtual Reality, Simulated Person Methodology and Serious Gaming into a single online resource and it has the potential to dramatically transform learning.

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New set of courses creates space for Indigenous students to 'Make Good Tracks'

Susan Dion, an associate professor of Indigenous education at York University, has brought her research and knowledge in Indigenous education to a set of Faculty of Education courses, cohorts and programs that are rooted in Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies. This unique set of opportunities offers Indigenous students four different ways to connect with Indigenous knowledge, history and culture.

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New program trains environmental leaders of the future

Rooted in concern for the Earth, a new Faculty of Education program will teach youth who are concerned about the environment the leadership skills they need to champion their cause. Rooted & Rising is a certificate program that grew out of the interest Toronto-area youth showed in part in the Fridays for Future environmental demonstrations inspired by teen Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

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Welcome to the April 2020 issue of 'Innovatus'

Each month, ‘Innovatus,’ a special issue of YFile, explores how York University community members are expanding experiential learning, enhancing the student experience, inspiring innovation in technology-enhanced learning and embracing educational development. This month, the spotlight shines on the Faculty of Health.

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Atypical Development psychology course offers students important experiential learning opportunities

Faculty of Health students in a fourth-year honours seminar on child psychology have spent 32 hours working one-on-one with students from schools throughout the City of Toronto as a way of broadening their understanding of child and youth development. They are participants in community service learning, a type of experiential learning where students engage in activities that support community priorities while meeting their learning goals.

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Anatomy students receive a helping hand from innovative pedagogical approach

There are no knives or probes involved when the students in Professor Nicolette Richardson’s upper-year Regional Anatomy II class dissect a human cadaver, because it is all done virtually: no mess, no smell, but plenty of opportunity to learn in this highly experiential education endeavour. Prof. Richardson created the innovative learning experience with the assistance of a grant from the Faculty of Health.

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