The Simulated Experiences at Saint Leo provides a number of customizable characters to act out desired scenarios. Each avatar can take on whichever identity and personality is desired for an effective simulation and such changes can be discussed between the Simulation Specialist and the faculty member requesting the simulation.
Students have the option to play teacher for a class of five students, each with unique and distinctive personalities and quirks. While the middle school class remains a popular choice, elementary school avatars are also available, as well as special avatars with learning disabilities or language barriers.
Bennett, Linda, and Max are just three examples of commonly used adult avatars. Each has their own distinct personality; Linda is frequently used to play a grounded, sociable and likeable role while Max me be selected to portray a more dominant, blunt, and tough character. However, much like a scenario itself, all avatars personalities are not set in stone and may be altered by the user in the manner the see fit for their simulation.
Each of the child avatars are usually portrayed with distinct differences. In the middle school class Savannah and Jasmine are both introverted, yet Jasmine has more energy. Dev is a bit of a smarty pants, Ava is the “Queen Bee”, and Ethan is the “Class Clown.”
Much like the middle school class, Mina, Will, Jayla, Emily, and Carlos of the elementary school class possess differing personalities and behavior characteristics. Their backstories are customizable and may be changed to better suit the simulation’s narrative. “For more challenging scenarios, Mursion has even developed avatars with specific learning disabilities that students may engage with during a classroom oriented simulation to help them better prepare for such an eventuality in a real academic setting. Davy is an English language learner while Harrison has a language-based learning disability and Nate has autism. Each one is designed to present a communication barrier and test the student learner’s social and communication skills when faced with such a hurdle.