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SIMulated Professional Learning Environment  (SIMPLE): programme final report




Hughes, Michael
Gould, Helyn
McKellar, Patricia
Maharg, Paul
Nicol, Emma

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AIM:The SIMPLE project in general terms aimed to prove that simulations can effectively enhance learning across  a range of disciplines, professions  and institutions. It also set out to investigate the drivers and blockers to large­scale implementation of innovative technologies  such as simulation within HE and FE. OVERALL APPROACH: With a total grant of £200,000 from JISC and the UK Centre for Legal Education (UKCLE) our  overall approach was to design, specify, build and then use simulation software with a range of participating HE departments and schools. We then evaluated this process as well as the use of the application by staff and students, and the resultant effect upon educational processes. Our  educational design was constructivist in nature, and from this general approach we developed a specific approach to professional learning we call transactional learning, which has  influenced our approach to learning design. FINDINGS: Simulation environments can be agents of substantial change and powerful learning environments across a wide range of HE undergraduate and postgraduate courses. They are potentially disruptive heuristics and staff need supportive environments in which to share good practice and experiment. Students need to be aware of the expectations made of them in these new environments. Collaboration between staff, institutions and students  is essential to the growth of simulation activities.



legal education




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