The Digital Learning team at Novus has been researching the potential for using simulation tools to teach Essential Digital Skills in prison environments.
Simulation is often used in education and training when access to the ‘real thing’ is not possible or involves risk. The Novus team were keen to explore the potential of using digital simulations for Essential Digital Skills delivery in the Prison Education Framework context where public protection is a priority.
Novus had already developed a concept resource to simulate the functions of a smartphone, and used this as a starting point for their research activity.
A Padlet board was used to collect and collate evidence from the project including screenshots of simulations designed, tutor, officer and learner feedback, research methodology details and potential next steps.
The Essential Digital Skills in Prison Learning project was part of the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme. It was managed by Clare Collins Consultancy Limited and commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation.
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