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  • OEB Conference, Berlin

    St George’s University of London and Bayer have been invited to participate to the OEB Conference that will take place in Berlin on 6-8 December to disseminate the WAVES project.

  • WAVES meeting in MEFANET, Brno

    The next face-to-face WAVES partner project meeting will take place on 27 and 28 November 2017 in Brno, coinciding with the dissemination of the project at the 11th MEFANET annual conference.

  • Education day at St George’s, University of London

    The Education day is an annual event which takes place at St George’s University for academics and students. The theme this year was 'Excellence in higher education.' This is an opportunity for teachers and students to share ideas and best practice, talk about the way our subjects are taught and the teaching methods used, and explore the ways we teach and learn healthcare science subjects.

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

INTREPID Learning, USA

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore

Université Mohammed VI des Sciences de la Santé, Morocco

Novartis, Global

Open Knowledge Foundation, UK

OpenLabyrinth, Canada

Events

   6–8 December 2017

OEB Conference,
Berlin

 

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   27–28 November 2017

WAVES meeting
in MEFANET, Brno

 

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   22–24 June 2017

IEEE CBMS 2017 and WAVES meeting, Thessaloniki

 

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Toolkit

The knowledge toolkit, including the MOOC, is critical to maintaining interest in the use of VS for education, and is the key tool to support widespread VS creation and usage. It will make content authoring easily accessible and understandable, and create opportunities to embed content in LMS, courses and MOOCs. It will be an evolving effort for the WAVES network to update the toolkit, according to emerging needs and opportunities. A business model will be developed to promote fiscal and logistical longevity, along with all sustainability and maintenance efforts.

 

Documents

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