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News Flash! 40% discount for MA fees for all applications before 31st August 2014

Posted April 17 2014 6:24 p.m.

Yes, we’ve done it again :-). If you apply for the whole MA, or any individual modules with or without assessment, before the 31st August 2014, you’ll receive a 40% discount on your application against the standard course fees. So, for the whole MA part time over 2 years, the standard fee is £6,000. Apply before […]


Our first open day

Posted June 13 2013 8:02 p.m.

Thanks to everyone who came along to our open day in Second Life yesterday. We had a great day with visitors from countries as far afield as the USA, Australia, Greece, New Zealand and the U.K.  It was great fun and wonderful to meet people who are excited and enthused about using virtual worlds in education. We […]



Posted June 6 2013 1:54 p.m.

If you apply for the MA Education in Virtual Worlds, either the whole course or individual modules, before 31st August this year, you will receive a 50% discount on the standard course fee of £6,000. For further details email elearning@uwe.ac.uk .


Come along to our open days

Posted June 5 2013 8:49 p.m.

We’re having open days on our Second Life estate on 12th June and 18th July 2013, 10:00 – 19:00 British Summer Time (02:00 – 11:00 SL time), where you can see what we’ve been doing in virtual worlds. There are examples of simulations in psychology, finance and accounting, environmental health and computing, for example. And […]


Hello again!

Posted June 5 2013 4:52 p.m.

Well, that was another busy year that has just flown past! All my good intentions about keeping up to date with this blog  came to nothing But that’s not because there has been nothing to say. Far from it! We’ve had a very successful first year with the MA Education in Virtual Worlds, and lots […]


Applications now being accepted for the MA Education in Virtual Worlds

Posted August 2 2012 1:32 p.m.

Well, that’s been a busy year! We have completed the design, development and validation of the MA Education in Virtual Worlds and are pleased to now offer the opportunity for study; either of the whole programme, or individual 15 credit (CATS) modules, with or without assessment. Full details of the course are available at http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/X19C62/2012 including prices, and from […]


MA Education in Virtual Worlds website

Posted April 8 2011 4:48 p.m.

The new web pages for the course are at http://www.uwe.ac.uk/elearning/virtualWorldsMA/index.shtml and will grow as the course develops.


New MA in Education in Virtual Worlds

Posted March 27 2011 5:13 p.m.

We’ve been given the go-ahead to begin developing a new Master’s programme in which students will be exploring education in virtual worlds. The programme is planned to go to validation in September 2011 with a planned start date in January 2012. The course will be delivered entirely online, both in Second Life and through the use of VLE [...]


Simulation Grants update

Posted January 16 2011 4:11 p.m.

I posted a few months ago about the SHE grants that UWE made available for colleagues who want to develop online simulations as part of their curricula. The university funded five projects, and they’ve just made their first interim reports. I won’t publish them here yet, as they were for internal use. I will post [...]


THE Awards – ah well, it was a good night out!

Posted December 13 2010 4:40 p.m.

So, we didn’t win the THE Award for outstanding ICT innovation, but it was great to be in the last 6 (3 of which were virtual world projects!), and fantastic to see all the nominations in the various categories. There is some really great work going on in all kinds of fields in UK universities [...]


Simulations update

Posted November 23 2010 2:23 p.m.

We’ve run the accident investigation and risk assessment simulations with our postgrad students, and today I’ll be running the risk assessment for our undergrads. That’ll give us a cohort of around 50 – 60 students this year, so it’ll be interesting to see if the evaluations come out similarly to last academic year. We’ve finished [...]


Some interesting statistics

Posted October 6 2010 3:33 p.m.

The estimated total world population is around 6.8 billion. The number of virtual world accounts worldwide has just topped 1 billion. So, even though quite a few people are likely to have more than one virtual world account, that still means that a surprisingly high proportion of the world’s population has a virtual world account.  [...]


Times Higher Education Awards 2010

Posted September 23 2010 3:45 p.m.

We’re really pleased to have been shortlisted in the Outstanding ICT Innovation of the Year category this year for the Simulations in Higher (SHE) education initiative, of which the Second Life simulations are an important part. You can read about what the SHE initiative is all about on our website and the full list of [...]


New simulator coming on stream

Posted August 6 2010 3:47 p.m.

We’re working with Citrus Virtual on another simulator to support our Environmental Health students. This time it’s a risk assessment simulator, set in a boat hire premises. It will have a small workshop, LPG store and other risky goodies, together with public access for the hire of pleasure boats. Visitors will actually be able to [...]


New island!

Posted August 6 2010 3:36 p.m.

We’ve expanded our real estate holdings in SL with the purchase of a neighbouring island, which we’ve named UWE North Island. As we’re based in Bristol in the UK in the real world, the two islands are joined by a suspension bridge. Not up to Mr Brunel’s standards, but pretty good all the same! Here [...]


Accident simulator update

Posted May 7 2010 3:24 p.m.

As the academic year draws to a close, it’s helpful to look back at what we’ve been doing this year, and the really exciting time we’ve had with the SL accident investigation. We’ve just completed the evaluation of this year’s activity and we’re in the process of analysing all the data from surveys, observations and [...]