Moving post…

After 11 years at Strathclyde Law School, I’ve moved post, to Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. Dean Philip Plowden’s offer to get involved with the great initiatives they have there, including the Student Law Office (a superbly-run student clinic handling hundreds of cases a year) was irresistible. I’m really sorry to […]

SIMPLE @ Franklin Pierce Law Center, New Hampshire

Karen, Michael and Paul are currently at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, in Concord, New Hampshire, working with John Garvey and others on SIMPLE. Karen and I have already worked with Franklin Pierce on the use of Standardized Clients in the training and assessment of students in interviewing. The students are on the Center’s innovative […]

SIMPLE wins another award

SIMPLE was awarded the prize for Innovation in e-Assessment at the JISC E-Assessment Scotland Conference held last week in Dundee. The e-Assessment Competition attracted 28 entries from all over Scotland, including schools, further education colleges and universities. According to e-Assessment Scotland, the Innovation award highlights ‘an example of best practice in e-Assessment, which clearly demonstrates […]


Cyberdam is our sister project in the Netherlands. With a substantial grant from the Dutch government, it has developed in very interesting directions — see for example Cyberdam 3D. On Thursday I’m giving a workshop on SIMPLE to the Cyberdam conference in den Haag. Looking forward to seeing the Dutch projects that they’ve been working […]

More SIMPLE training…

Karen Counsel and Viv Picton from the Law School, Glamorgan U., visited us today and spent the morning with Michael. Karen’s work with SIMPLE at Glamorgan has been outstanding, both in undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. She is pushing the envelope of SIMPLE’s functionality, and creating sims that have, in one first-year LLB programme, resulted […]

SIMPLE training

We’re currently in the middle of SIMPLE training — two days of intensive work on creating scenarios, drafting blueprints, packing & deploying blueprints. We have representatives from Caledonian, Cumbria and The Robert Gordon University. Much of the information about sim creation is already on this site, but nothing beats sitting down and talking about sim […]

Schooling, sims & games

Interesting story from Quest to Learn, via Seb Schmoller. A newly opened state-funded 12 to 18 school in New York that will rely entirely on games-based learning.

SIMPLE @ Plymouth U. School of Law & Social Science

Michael and I were at Plymouth Law School today giving a day seminar on things SIMPLE. We were with a small and enthusiastic bunch of staff who were eager to get hands-on experience of working with the SIMPLE tools. After a general introduction to simulation learning that’s what we did for the rest of the […]

Introduction to SIMPLE Videos

The University of Strathclyde’s Law School received funding to create a series of on-line videos introducing SIMPLE and how to get started with SIMPLE. These videos are available online here.  We hope that additional episodes covering more of SIMPLE’s features and functionality will be added in the future. This resource has been developed as part […]

SIMPLE receives Leadership Award at the IMS Learning Consortium’s Learning Impact Awards

SIMPLE, the SIMulated Professional Learning Environment (, missed out on a medal at the 2009 IMS Learning Consortium’s annual Learning Impact Awards but did receive a Leadership Award for Best Simulation Toolkit. SIMPLE was only one of handful of JISC supported projects that successfully made it through to the finalists showcase in Barcelona in May […]

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