Professional course

Simulations and Role Play

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Education and Childhood

Page last updated 12 April 2017


The Simulations and Role Play module is predicated on a situated learning model, where the learning takes place in the contexts to which it refers. The tutorials and workshops will therefore all take place in the virtual world.

The tutorials will take place with the whole group attending one of the communal areas on the UWE islands in Second Life. Both voice and text communication will be enabled, so that you can participate synchronously in the tutorial. Break-out groups will enable closer discussion of the topics raised during the tutorial.

Workshops will take place across the UWE Second Life islands, and in some cases beyond, depending upon the nature of the activities being undertaken. Those activities will include; investigating alternative environments and organised visits to other islands and other virtual worlds.

Learning will be supported through the use of social media such as wikis and blogs.

Entry requirements

For CPD entry; familiarity with virtual worlds.



Session 1: Introduction to underpinning educational theory of simulation. Introductory lecture followed by break-out focus groups.

Session 2: The value of role-play and alternative experiences/perspectives. Introductory lecture followed by break-out focus groups.

Session 3: Planning workshop - Project planning presentation; organised field visits to education simulations in Second Life and beyond.

Session 4: Planning workshop - Opal masterclass with Daden Ltd.

Session 5: Creation workshop - Accessing and building Opal inventories.

Session 6: Creation workshop - First design stages; placing items and building the environment.

Session 7: Creation workshop - Assigning behaviours.

Session 8: Evaluation workshop - Formative assessment point.

Session 9: Creation workshop - In-world tests.

Session 10: Creation workshop - Refining the Opal plan.

Session 11: Creation workshop - In-world tests.

Session 12: Final workshop - Presentations of finished work.

Learning and Teaching

Students studying Orientation in Virtual Worlds will not attend the UWE. Although this may appear at first to be distance learning, the use of virtual world technologies, video conferencing and asynchronous support through the VLE enable the use of teaching and learning approaches that are more familiar in attended modes, and also enable some that are new, e.g. research workshops in a variety of virtual environments.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

£300.00 with assessment
£150.00 without assessment


For 12 weeks from 19 September - 9 December.

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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