Immersion Immersion
Graduate School of Education
George Mason University
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Program Description

The Full-Time Immersion Program is an option within the Instructional Design and Development track of the Instructional Technology Masters program. The Immersion program is design to allow teams of 8-10 full-time students to immerse themselves in several project-based experiences that require them to utilize their instructional design, development, and management skills through authentic practice.

Currently, three separate Immersion design groups are in progress at GMU. Support for the program is provided by various sponsoring organizations, including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Education.

Design projects that the students are currently working on include:

  • The development of a CD-ROM based orientation program for the Senior Executive Service in DoD
  • A Web-based electronic performance support system for literacy facilitators who work with students with special needs
  • An immersive virtual environment teaching science concepts to learning-disabled high school students

The majority of sponsor organizations have designated a project representative or intermediary to interface with the Immersion design team and the organization in order to help facilitate access to relevant data, content and subject matter experts. These intermediaries work closely with the instructors/facilitators on attempting to eliminate logistical and administrative obstacles that may inhibit progress on the project for the Immersion group.

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Last Update: October 22, 2007
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