19 November 2008

PREVIEW-Psych Project Website Launched

Problem-based Learning in Virtual Interactive Educational Worlds for Psychology (PREVIEW-Psych)

Simon Bignell from the University of Derby is project leading a new JISC-funded £38,000 research project called PREVIEW-Psych. The project is a collaboration between University of Derby, Aston University, Coventry University and The Higher Education Academy Psychology Network.

We are transferring problem-based learning techniques and technologies from the PREVIEW project for the Psychology subject group. The project is developing Psychology scenarios and ‘intelligent avatar’ technology within the virtual world Second Life.

More information is available at the project website http://previewpsych.org We will be running a free to attend 'Upskilling day' at University of Derby in March 09 where we will provide training in the use of problem-based learning techniques within virtual worlds for the Psychology subject group. We will also be providing a mentoring scheme to around six institutions from Psychology and related subjects for more intense tutoring, coaching and seminars to enable practitioners to develop their own Second Life teaching and learning initiatives.

If you are working in teaching and learning in the Psychology subject group and would like to attend the Upskilling day or would like to find out more about the mentoring scheme please email Simon Bignell (University of Derby) at s.bignell@derby.ac.uk or contact his avatar Milton Broome in Second Life.


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