About the Simshare project

What is Simshare?

It is a project that helps staff share, re-use and repurpose simulation resources. It is funded under a Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Higher Education Academy (HEA) programme to release existing learning resources under a suitable license for open use. The programme aims to release a wide range of educational materials as Open Educational Resources (OER), to be used world-wide.

Why simulation resources?

The benefits of simulation learning are well documented, but the full scale development of widely shareable and re-purposable content amongst simulation designers and users has been almost non-existent. This has had serious consequences for the uptake of simulation as a form of situated learning: if the power of simulation to help students learn is widely recognised, so too is the effort required by staff to create and resources simulations.

What will this project do?

We will encourage simulation learning by helping staff to create, use, evaluate and re-purpose simulations as OER. We will develop a web infrastructure to support the creation and release of open educational simulation resources and to collate and repurpose existing simulation materials for use by the community.

How can I find out more?

Come to one of the simulation learning events in 2010.

How can I contribute to the project?

We would like your resources. We are actively seeking any simulation resources that have been used in accredited programmes in higher education. We want to offer a wide range of disciplinary materials, and any type of simulation.

What will happen to the resources I contribute?

The project team will work with you to repurpose your resources as open educational content, to be released under a Creative Commons licence. We are developing a repository with a web interface that allows users to search your simulation resources in various ways, and to view them as complete simulations as well as individual source files.

What sort of resources can be included?

The short answer is any sort. In more detail:

  • Content resources, e.g. statements, scenarios, character roles, 'real life' artefacts to produce authentic environments, photographs, videos
  • Information from websites on which you may run simulation
  • Student and staff resources to support the simulation
  • Assessment criteria and other assessment guide
  • Web 2.0 technologies to support the simulation e.g. podcasts, webcasts, online discussion forums
  • Evaluation materials
  • Academic papers about, or presentations on, the simulation including PowerpPoint presentations
  • Useful Web links
  • Guidelines on integrating your simulation into a module, including transcripts of lectures relating to the simulation

Anything else?

We are especially keen to have as many different types of simulations as possible represented in Simshare. We also want to explore how simulations can be used in different ways in teaching, learning and assessment. We hope that you will want to be part of the growing movement in open educational resources. Please do contribute your resources to the ever-increasing numbers of resources already being collated. Please contact us if you would like to talk informally about the project.