An International Online Symposium:

Innovation and Growth During Uncertain Times:

Simulations in Education and the Covid-19 Crisis

Tuesday, July 6, 2021, The MOFET Institute (via ZOOM)

02:30 – 07:20 PM Israel local time (for more time zones – click here)
↓↓ Agenda below ↓↓ 

02:30 – 07:20 PM Israel local time
(for more time zones – click here)
↓↓ Agenda below ↓↓ 
Parallel to the scheduled synchronic sessions, there will be two additional activities:
Between 3:40-7:00 PM: A-synchronic interactive sessions.
You are invited to enter the various activities at your convenience. You can, of course switch to a different interactive session, or return to the main agenda at any time.
Between 3:30-6:30 PM: Personal simulation sessions.
This activity required registration in advance. If you registered for a personal simulation session, details of the exact hour and ZOOM room will be sent to you towards the event.


Prof. Chen Schechter, Head of The MOFET Institute
Chen Schechter, Full Professor, Leadership, Organizational Development and Policy in Education. Aiming to integrate theory with empirical evidence and practice, his research areas include reform implementation, educational change, professional learning communities, organizational learning, collaborative learning from success, educational leadership, leadership development, and systems thinking for school leaders. Prof. Schechter earned his Ph.D. in K12 Educational Administration and Leadership from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Amalia Ran, The MOFET Institute
Information and Data Coordinator at the National Program for Simulation Centers in Israel, Coordinator for the Research Forum on Simulations in Education at the MOFET Institute, and a research analyst in the literature review, the Information Center at the MOFET Institute. Dr. Ran received her Ph.D. from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland, College Park (2007). She was a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she specialized in contemporary Latin American literature and Jewish Latin American culture, and a senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University, where she conducted her post-doctorate research. Amalia Ran is a Research Fellow at the Sverdlin Institute for Latin American History and Culture at Tel Aviv University. ​Among her publications: Made of Shores: Judeo Argentinean Fiction Revisited (Lehigh UP, 2011); the edited volumes Returning to Babel: Jewish Latin American Experiences and Representations (Brill, 2011) and Mazal Tov Amigos! Jews and Popular Music in the Americas (Brill, 2016), as well as published articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on contemporary Judeo-Latin American literature and culture and education.
“Simulations in Education: Learning from the Past, Heading Forwards”
Dr. Amalia Ran, The MOFET Institute, ISRAEL
Dr. Meira Eizenhamer, Bar Ilan University, ISRAEL
Dr. Gali Nahary, The Ministry of Education, ISRAEL
Ms. Liat Pessach-Gelblum, MESER – Tel Hashomer Sheba Hospital, ISRAEL
Dr. Elhanan Gazit, juloot, ISRAEL

3:40 PM – 3:50 PM: Break

3:50 PM – 5:20 PM: Parallel Sessions – I

3:50 PM – 5:20 PM: Parallel Sessions I

“Online and Face-to-Face Simulation Workshops: The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Simulation Workshops in Education”
Elaine Hoter, Talpiot Academic College and TEC Center, The MOFET Institute, ISRAEL
Shira Iluz & Yaacov B. Yablon, Bar-Ilan University, ISRAEL
“Distance Simulations for Developing Preservice Teachers’ self-efficacy in Conflicts”
Kenneth Lim, National Institute of Education, SINGAPORE
“The Socially Responsible Behavior through Embodied Thinking (SORBET) Project: a COVID-19 response”
Orna Levin, Rivi Frei-Landau & Efrat Machikawa, Achva Academic College, ISRAEL
“The human-based virtual simulation model: Theoretical conceptualization and empirical evidence”
Ifat Linder and Eyal Weissblueth, Tel Hai Academic College, ISRAEL
“Comparing the effect of an online simulation training only with that after face to face simulation”


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Clinical, Virtual or Iimmersive Simulations?  Differences and Similarities”
Nayif Awad, Sakhnin College for Teacher Education, ISRAEL
Yulia Muchnik-Rozanov & Orna Levin, Achva Academic College, ISRAEL
“Interconnection between theoretical and functional teacher knowledge of preservice teachers in the framework of simulation-based learning”
Yifat Davidoff, Yehuda Baruch, Eric Pool, & Jeremy Frei, Compathy Organization, UK/ISRAEL
Online Team-Based Simulations (OTBS) for Virtual Real-World Engagement Skills in Engineering, Business Management and Entrepreneurship: Interdisciplinary Research
Justin Reich, MIT, USA
“Dimensions of Authenticity in Digital Clinical Simulations”
David Gibson & Stacy Kruse, Curtin University, AUSTRALIA
“Developing Real Teacher Performance with Virtual Classroom Experiences”


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“Using Simulations for Promoting Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)”
Tali Berglas-Shapiro, The MOFET Institute, ISRAEL
Ronen Kasperski & Merav Hemi, Shaanan College & Gordon Teachers’ College ISRAEL
“Developing Socio-Emotional competencies through online simulations”
Amy Cook & Kristin Murphy, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
“Using mixed reality simulations to support social-emotional learning in children during COVID-19 and beyond”
Orly Shapira-Lischchinsky, Yehudit Judy Dori, Adi Kazober, Effrat Akiri, Yaniv Gat, & Boaz Hadas, Bar Ilan University and the Technion, ISRAEL
“Developing skills of social-emotional learning among interns in teacher education programs: Simulation contribution”
Khawla Zoabi, Eman Abu-Hanna Nahhas, Hanadi Abu Ahmad & Randa Khair Abbas, The Academic Arab College for Education in Israel-Haifa, ISRAEL
“The contribution of simulation-based learning to social-emotional learning skills among Arab teachers in Israel”


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5:20 PM – 5:30 PM: Break

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Parallel Sessions – II

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Parallel Sessions II

“Methodologies, Temporal and Spacial Considerations in Simulations”
Liat Josefsberg-Ben Yehoshua, The MOFET Institute, ISRAEL
Rivka Hillel-Lavian, Levinsky College, ISRAEL
“Video analysis in education research” (Hebrew)
(This presentation will be held in Hebrew)
Islam Abu-Asaad, Sakhnin College for Teacher Education, ISRAEL
“Simulation workshops for Arab intern teachers from discourse analysis perspective”
Elizabeth A. Self, Vanderbilt University, USA
“Simulating context: Temporal and spacial considerations in live-actor, simulated encounters”
Mari Salminen-Tuomaala, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. FINLAND
“Developing situational awareness and emotional intelligence through simulation coaching in Finland”
Elaine Hoter, Talpiot Academic College and TEC Center, The MOFET Institute, ISRAEL
“The potential and advantages of using simulations in virtual worlds 

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“Simulative Learning in Israel”
Sofi Dalal, The MOFET Institute, & Dorit Gurieli, Bar Ilan University, ISRAEL
Yasmin Muhareb Bana, Al-Qasmi, ISRAEL
“Raising awareness of optimal school atmospheres and acquiring communication skills to cope with violence through dedicated simulation sessions”
(This presentation will be held in Hebrew)
Shahar Gindi, Rakefet Erlich-Ron, Orit Almog & Parvane Irani, Beit Berl College, ISRAEL
“Educational Simulation in the service of democracy and multiculturalism: A Jewish-Arab conflict simulation among Arab and Jewish trainees”
Gabriella Landler-Pardo, Tal Shemer-Elkayam, & Michal Levi-Keren, Kibbutizm College of Education, ISRAEL
“Videotaped simulations of parent teacher talks – a tool for cultivating resilience among pre-service teachers in times of uncertainty”
Bilha Paryente & Orna Levin, Achva Academic College, ISRAEL
“Using simulations in pretraining stage: Expanding the use of Simulation-Based
Learning to the selection in teacher education”

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