September 2017

Presentation recording (YouTube)

Monday, September 11, 2017

6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Business Meeting / Program

McNeely Hall, Room 117
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

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Virtual Worlds

Virtual Worlds are increasingly being considered as a way to deliver training to improve human performance. They provide a live view of the environment that promotes interaction and engagement with the world.  Virtual learning environments have been used successfully as a substitute for live training exercises.

The literature indicates that virtual worlds are optimal learning environments because studies show no significant difference between the learning in and outside a virtual world. Studies also indicate that if the virtual world is developed with the focus on the appropriate details, learning transfer is higher due to what is known as “the practice effect”  (higher level Bloom’s taxonomy).

This presentation will focus on:

  • Effectiveness of Virtual Worlds
  • Why Virtual Worlds?
  • Virtual World Features
  • Issues/Problems and time to create
  • Instructional Design and ADDIE
  • Features of and Demonstration of Emergency Management virtual world


Carole Bagley

Carole Bagley, PhD, is President and Team Lead for The Technology Group, Inc. and holds an adjunct teaching position with the University of St. Thomas. With more than 30 years in the field of instructional technology, Dr. Bagley has made significant contributions to the field by providing project management, e-Learning leadership, instructional design, technology integration, strategic planning, workshops, seminars, publications, and keynote presentations for numerous corporations, international law firms, US Govt. agencies, school districts, and professional organizations throughout the US and internationally in Australia, Tanzania, Scotland, and Russia. Dr. Bagley has been the recipient of numerous honors including: Outstanding International ISPI (Intl. Society for Performance Improvement) member, Outstanding Computer Based Education Professional for ASTD, Invited Keynote address at Global E-Learning International Best Practice Conference, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  Recent projects have included a virtual-world for the US Dept of Emergency Mgmt, a level 2-3-4 evaluation of a Health Benefits Advisor WBT curriculum for the Health Eligibility Center, and a virtual video game for middle-school students to discourage tobacco use.  Dr. Bagley has a keen interest in learning and performance improvement, is passionate about teaching and realizes that the design and use of e-learning is growing throughout the US and the world.