Nazan Bautista awarded for study on mixed-reality teaching

Nazan Bautista, Miami University associate professor of teacher education, has received the 2014 National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) Fellowship award for the study she presented at the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) conference held January in San Antonio, Texas. 

Bautista’s study investigated the impact of a mixed-reality teaching environment (TeachLivE Lab) on preservice early childhood teachers’ understanding of inquiry-based science and self-efficacy beliefs. The TLE TeachLivE ™ simulated teaching environment uses computer-generated avatars to be as similar to real students as possible.

The NTLI Fellowship award has been given since 2000 and is sponsored by the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). The award is given to researchers for their exemplary use of technology in teacher preparation with the purpose of furthering dialogue within professional associations regarding appropriate technology use in teacher education.

Bautista will receive a plaque and $1,000 from Vernier Software & Technology. She will present her work at the 25th annual SITE conference on March 19 in Jacksonville, Florida.