Using Empathy as a Core Teaching Strategy: From Persona Profiles to VR Experiential Learning

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Abstract

Empathy is the ability to share someone else feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person's situation.
The three essential qualities of a creative leader are Empathy, Clarity and Creativity. Empathy helps students to gain first-hand insight
into the experiences of a diverse population. As a teacher, I believe empathy is the key to forging creative leaders of tomorrow towards a
more equal and diverse society. In this presentation, I will explain how I have been using empathy as a core teaching strategy to deliver
theoretical content closer to people's lives, for students to practice those theories, and for me to stand in students' shoes and improve my
teaching. Examples range from using persona profiles to put theory into context, creating do it yourself wearable simulators for students
having first-hand experience of people lacking capabilities and co-creating a virtual reality assisted experiential learning to see, feel, and
create an age-friendly society. The approach has rendered an average score of 4.4 on a scale of 5 in the student feedback questionnaire
in the accumulated survey from the previous 3 years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUsing Empathy as a Core Teaching Strategy: From Persona Profiles to VR Experiential Learning
Place of PublicationIAFOR Research Centre , Osaka University
Pages53
ISBN (Electronic)24337587
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2022
EventThe Paris Conference on Education - La Maison de la Chimie, Paris, France
Duration: 16 Jun 202219 Jun 2022
https://pce.iafor.org/

Conference

ConferenceThe Paris Conference on Education
Abbreviated titlePCE
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period16/06/2219/06/22
Internet address

Keywords

  • Empathy
  • inclusive education
  • universal design for learning

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