Explorations: Tour of the University of the West of England Simulations

Tour of the University of the West of England Simulations
Fri 27 Mar 10:00 – 11:00 AM SLT (60 min)
Host: Mari Carmen Gil Ortega / Maika Giordano
UWE Islands, Second Life

This tour will take us to visit six of the educational simulations at the UWE Islands in Second Life. These simulations are: Accident Investigation and Audit Simulation, Risk Assessment, Counseling Suite, as well as two Forensics Investigations. Our goal is to have students experience different types of events and interact with their avatars. The intention of these simulations is to help students prepare for real life experiences on placements and in their final practice. It is important to stress that these simulations do not replace real life placement/practice, but are intended at aid students to become familiar with these working environments.

In all cases students would not have access to these situations in a real life context because it would be either too costly, too dangerous or simply unethical to recreate. During the tour we will discuss the educational place for simulations using virtual worlds, as well as the advantages and the challenges.


  1. You will need to create a Second Life account at secondlife.com.
  2. Download a Second Life Viewer. Here is the URL to download Second Life’s default viewer: https://secondlife.com/support/downloads/