Simulations in Higher Education
The SHE project was shortisted in the Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2010!
UWE has a large number of students who will pursue subsequent careers in professions such as law, social work, planning, architecture, health and subjects allied to medicine, and many more. An important part of that education is the ability to relate theory to practice, and UWE has a good track record in placements, work based learning and similar approaches that help students to make the theory/practice transition. Developments in technology over the past 2 – 3 years have now created opportunities to enable students to experience simulations of events and situations that are difficult or impossible to organise, before they put their skills into practice in the real world. Also, simulations enable events and cases to be studied in detail, run forwards and backwards in time and be experienced more than once. Information and communication technologies (ICT) can support these developments through integration of existing services such as VLEs and content/communication systems, together with the emerging social networking technologies and virtual worlds.
Simulations in Higher Education (SHE) is a focus for these initiatives at UWE. It is part of the E-learning Development Unit, which works with colleagues across the university to help with developments in curricula and delivery that use ICT. This SHE website describes the projects, technologies and underpinning pedagogies that these initiatives draw upon, and develop. If any colleagues within UWE, or anyone interested in our work in simulations would like to contact us, just follow the About Us link on the left. We’re very happy to work with education colleagues in and out of UWE, and are very keen to hear from anyone with ideas for collaboration or future developments.
Some of the projects that we've produced and are currently working on.
Guides to the simulations projects and how to use the various technologies.
- The SHE Grant Scheme
The 5 projects selected for funding