I’m Lesley Strachan. I’m one of the SimVenture Evolution Learning and Development Managers and I work with people just like you to bridge the gap between the technology and academia.

The 1st video diary focused on the planning and preparation that took place before we started delivery.

This is the 2nd in a series of 12 video diaries which I’ve put together to explain how we designed and ran a 12-week module at London South Bank University using SimVenture Evolution with 180 second-year undergraduate students studying a module called Managing Business & Innovation.

So, now we’re ready for the first day of teaching, and this time, I’ll be talking about how week one went, and how the students responded to the technology.

This week I wanted to get over 3 points to the students:

1. Why we’re using SimVenture in this module
2. What the key features of the simulation are
3. and, What they were going to learn

So, to start with “why were we going to use Evolution in the module”?

I explained to the students that they’ll be using Evolution because it will give then a practical understanding of setting up and managing a small to medium sized enterprise in a virtual environment where it’s safe and mistakes are allowed, and actively encouraged.

Secondly, I wanted to introduce the key features of the simulation to the students.
An easy way to do this was to show them 3 short videos within the simulation. These videos can be watched repeatedly within Evolution. These videos are also available on our web site for you watch t get an idea of what Evolution feels like.

Thirdly, I wanted to explain what the students would learn in the simulation. This included:

– a broad knowledge and understanding about multiple business areas

– an understanding of specific areas of a business, for example Sales and Marketing

– how to solve complex problems, issues or dilemmas in a business

– the different phases of growth a business goes through

– and finally, to recognise the development of their Employability, Enterprise and Innovation skills.

I’ll be talking more about how we went about that in a later video.

In the last video I said that I’d talk about how the students responded to the technology.

Learning in a simulated environment is so exciting to watch because the students are fully immersed with the technology and often stay behind to continue playing which is unusual in most learning environments.

So, now we’re ready for week 3 – join me for the next video diary to learn more about how it went, and how students got on with the one-page case studies which work alongside the simulation.

Best Wishes


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