The University of Newcastle, Australia


Our virtual reality teaching tool provides UON Education students with teaching experiences in a simulated environment.

TeachLivE is a partnership with Murdoch University in Perth that enables students to practice teaching in front of a virtual reality space of selected student avatars.

Students will teach mini-lessons they plan as part of their courses to a live performing actor who role plays the lesson response through the avatar’s developmentally appropriate behaviours. This combination of real teaching in a simulated environment is an extension of a long-standing practice in education called microteaching.

TeachLivE lessons allow pre-prac teaching experiences and provides wonderful learning about teaching inside the safety net of a simulator, just as pilots use these tools in flight school and health professionals undertake in virtual training.