JeLSIM: Java eLearning Simulations

Heriot-Watt University eLearning Conference: 12 November 2004
We presented twice at this event: providing a general workshop on the educational value of simulations in the morning, and a more specific talk on the use of JeLSIM tools to create simulations in the afternoon.

This page, and those it links to, are intended to provide further information for anyone who attended either of these presentations.

The presentations, supporting materials, and outomes, are available below:

Get the Tools
The JeLSIM tools are freely available from the JeLSIM web site at: http://www.jelsim.org/dload/. We are currently exploring options for making the tools available as Open Source software.

Educational Rationale
Some formal background to the educational use of simulations is provided by a recent paper: Thomas, R.C. and Milligan, C.D. (2004). Putting Teachers in the Loop: Tools for Creating and Customising Simulations. Journal of Interactive Media in Education (Designing and Developing for the Disciplines Special Issue), 2004 (15). ISSN:1365-893X [www-jime.open.ac.uk/2004/15] or available for download as a PDF

Our current work is centred on increasing the quality of online assessment through the use of simulations as question types. We have presented this work at two recent Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA) Conferences in 2003: Online Assessment of Practical Experiments and 2004: Assessing Higher-Order Skills Using Simulations.

There are also a couple of whitepapers which provide some of the background in a less formal format. Interactivity and Simulations? describes our rationale for the tools and What Are Simulations? attempts to define the oft-abused term 'simulations' in our context.

Contribute to Current Thinking on Simulations
We are in the process of setting up a wiki-space to allow our community to discuss issues relating to the educational use of simulations. Please feel free to add your own thoughts, links, ideas, requests in this space. At present there is little structure, but we will do some wiki-gardening soon, so for the moment just put your ideas somewhere that seem sensible to you. The wiki is password protected: if you came along to our sessions you will have been sent a password, otherwise email us and we will provide you with one.
There are a set of links below to different interactive online resources. As you look at these resources, think about

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