Dr. Paul Kroutter, Jr., a member of Tulsa Tech's Board of Education since 2004, and retired Broken Arrow Police Captain, presented "Simulation and Virtual Technologies for Workforce Learning" at this year's conference.
Kroutter currently serves as Department Head for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Arkansas - Ft. Smith.
As a member of a consortium of educators, Kroutter helped develop a research project to illustrate how technology can be utilized successfully in the classroom and how simulations and concepts related to virtual realities can be customized to fit the needs of a specific group.
One of Kroutter's contributions to this collaborative effort was a research project involving a 3-D medical patient mannequin and health occupations students who speak English as a second language.
These students are often referred to as ESL students by educators.
"Our group of ESL students were struggling to understand both the terminology and concepts," Kroutter
Another contribution from Kroutter
to the overall project was to develop a virtual crime scene that allows students to become immersed in a 360-degree world of an actual crime scene.
Students are able to learn all of the steps related to processing the location of a possible crime while their progress is monitored and evaluated by their instructor.
"There's so much information that needs to be observed and recorded by the students when they arrive on scene," Kroutter
"These virtual environments allow the students to gain valuable experience and to become part of this simulated learning environment."
Simulations and virtual realities will continue to have an impact on our real world as they become more frequent in our daily lives, in everything from entertainment and games, to education and instruction.
"There's still a lot of research to be done," Kroutter