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Learning Enhancement and Development

Session 2C

Designing for an immersive learning experience, with support from City’s simulated practice community

Professor Clive Holtham – City, University of London, Cass Business School

Sandra Partington - City, University of London, Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD)

Leona Norris - City, University of London, Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD)

Morris Pamplin - City, University of London, Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD)

Doctor Martin Rich – City/ University of London, Cass Business School

Doctor Amanda Scammell- City, University of London, School of Health Sciences, Midwifery and Radiography

This workshop will disseminate and further extend the outcomes of the growing community developing at City around the use of simulation and role-play, whose members share an interest and experience in using simulation and are open to helping others to develop their own practice.

This workshop will be an extension of the growing community but will be tailored to participants who are interested in exploring or using simulation, or are interested in reviewing their own practice from a new perspective.


“Simulation is a technique, not a technology, to replace or amplify real experiences with guided experiences, often immersive in nature, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully interactive fashion” (Gaba, 2004, p. i2).

Simulation is being used across City to bring the real world into learning, from a real hospital ward where students work shifts; to a completely online role-play where students have to run a business.

LEaD is supporting and connecting a network of practitioners across City around their use of simulation, this workshop is one method that the growing community is using to extend its influence, share expertise and encourage peers in a supportive and enjoyable way.

How can we develop the use of Simulation at City?

This workshop aims to introduce simulation and role-play to interested participants. A snapshot of practice at City will be provided to raise awareness of practice, which ranges from replicating physical environments to evoking cognitive immersion.

The activity to follow will take existing design techniques for creating simulations and sample learning activities and explore how these might be employed to redesign an aspect of teaching to be more immersive.  Scenarios, roles and tasks will be supplied for groups to use to design a simulation; the examples will be generic and will tackle aspects that can be applied to any discipline.

Members of City’s simulated practice community will present their practice and facilitate the workshop activities. Participants will leave with an understanding of the approaches they may take – in order to add an immersive element to their practice – at any scale.


Gaba, D. (2004). The future vision of simulation in health care. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 13(suppl_1), pp.i2-i10.