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  • Tell us about your experience of Virtual Scenarios

    The WAVES project has been working hard to create some tips, tools and guideline for those who are interested in using and creating their own Virtual Scenarios for teaching or training both within academia and within the workplace. We have created a knowledge toolkit and technical toolkit to address some of the needs required from our needs analysis from end-users during the start-up of the project. We now want to know if your perceptions and needs have changed since then.

  • Register now! We are our choices: Learning to Make Good Decisions

    Join the WAVES Network on 24 October in iconic, internationally known capital city London. The event welcomes national and international participants, involved in the WAVES Network, and those interested in using Scenario Based Learning for training or teaching. The event will provide a great opportunity for participants from business and academia to connect and engage with the community.

  • MedBiquitous Annual Conference

    During this year’s Annual MedBiquitous Conference the WAVES team presented a number of presentation during the two days. The conference is a perfect place to network with colleagues from around the world to share and discuss how digital technologies can promote continuous improvements in health professions education.

Project Overview

Project introductory video

Each area of professional competency faces its own challenges in providing relevant training before workplace practice. In public service and industry, too much is expected of students learning from their apprenticeship phase, compromising reliability or safety. Trainees lack opportunities to practise applying “inert” knowledge to a real task context, while in a risk-free environment.

Interactive virtual scenarios (VS) or simulations (Scenario-Based Learning; SBL) are recognised by many teaching and learning communities as effective tools for developing reasoning, and for safe training in workplace competency. However, the approach is challenging for educators to understand, and does not fit easily into conventional platforms either pedagogically or technically.

This project takes SBL ‘out-of-the-box’, to make it more accessible for a wide range of professions. Developments will include the ability to embed SBL activities directly into learning platforms and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), adding renewed pedagogic value and ease-of-use to learners through improved integration, progress monitoring, and the delivery of feedback. By embedding SBL, MOOCS will enable development of real world skills, competency and experience rather than knowledge. The provision of training materials in multiple languages, including a ‘How to create Virtual Scenarios’ MOOC, will make VS more accessible for educators. The project will sustain and disseminate these activities through an extended partnership, the ‘WAVES’ network.

Project Partners

Associate Partners

Chemmedia, Germany

City and Guilds Kineo, UK

CHeM, France

ESADE, Spain

Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Germany

Hôpital Cheikh Khalifa Ibn Zaid  Morocco


Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore

Université Mohammed VI des Sciences de la Santé, Morocco

Novartis, Global

Open Knowledge Foundation, UK

OpenLabyrinth, Canada


  24 October 2018

We are our choices: Learning to Make Good Decisions


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  21–22 May 2018

Annual Conference


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  6–9 May 2018

ATD Workshop


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Knowledge toolkit

The knowledge toolkit is the key project output to support widespread virtual scenario creation and usage. It consists of demonstration and exemplar VS cases, training documentation and media, and a MOOC on scenario-based learning entitled Using Virtual Scenarios to Create Effective Learning.

Technical toolkit

The technical toolkit enriches existing VS delivery systems, namely Open Labyrinth and Casus. These systems have very different approaches to authoring and delivering the scenarios. Open Labyrinth is an open source system that utilises a branched navigation model whereas Casus is a commercial tool with semi-linear navigation. This part of the toolkit consists of software prototypes extending the functionality of the VS delivery systems, and installation and maintenance guidelines.



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