An experiential learning simulation: a bridge between higher education and the workplace?

Virtual Brief Paper ID: 40187
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    Olivia Billingham
    University of the West of England, UK

Abstract: Increasingly, employers are expecting graduates to be workplace savvy and to have developed skills that will equip them for workplace demands. SIMulations in Transactional Activities (SIMITA), an online experiential learning simulation, allows undergraduate law students to experience legal case work first hand and therefore to gain knowledge, experience and practical workplace skills in the area of legal process. This paper considers the findings of a case study that investigated the experiential learning nature of this simulation from the students’ perspective and considers whether this mode of learning is able to bridge the gap between higher education and the workplace. The students recognised that they were learning through their experience of using SIMITA and that the skills they were developing had real world relevance. This paper may be of interest to educators who are blending online or electronic simulations into the curriculum or who are interested in experiential learning theory.

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