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Professor Choi Received ‘Certificate of Longevity’ at the NSF Sponsored STEM Workshop

Certificate of Longevity

Professor Young Choi of Dept. of Engineering & Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences received a ‘Certificate of Longevity’ at the 2017 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education in Virtual Worlds Workshop, which was held at Penn State Altoona during July 10-13, 2017.
The workshop was sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Undergraduate Education Award #1650620 and hosted and supported by Penn State Altoona.  The Principal Investigator of the project, Prof. Jungwoo Ryoo of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) of Penn State Altoona especially invited Prof. Choi to the workshop.  The workshop invited scholars and practitioners nationwide and one scholar from Austria to discuss the topic of augmenting various digital learning aids with Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) to enhance the state of the art of STEM education in America.

The workshop is the second one focused on the topic of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in virtual worlds funded by NSF.  The initial discussion about the workshop started in 2013.  The workshop was composed of the following four tracks: 1) Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and Digital Storytelling, 2) Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and Digital Badges, Future Trends in VLE Integration, 3) Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and Online Education, and 4) Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and Digital Publishing. 

Over 50 workshop attendees came from academia and industry and presented their research results, various software services, and exchanged their opinions each other.  Prof. Choi was gratefully acknowledged as the 1st recipient of five ‘Certificate of Longevity’ recipients among over fifty attendees in recognition of his dedicated engagement and hard work for staying to the end of the workshop. 

He said “The workshop was extremely timely and practical in that the technologies and services discussed in the workshop can be used to improve the quality of online courses and encourage the students in managing their career paths more efficiently.  I appreciate Prof. Jungwoo Ryoo of Penn State Altoona for his gracious invitation to the workshop.”  Prof. Choi is planning to share his precious experience of the workshop attendance with Regent University faculty members and students.

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