JeLSIM: Java eLearning Simulations
 
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About Us
The JeLSIM partnership was set up in July 2002. Before setting up the partnership we worked together for several years at Heriot-Watt University and in MultiVerse Solutions Limited. Over time, we have developed a range of complementary skills in Java, eLearning and Simulation.

Read a little about our background and philosophy in our JelsimPartnership.pdf (pdf).

Our Aims
Our aim is simple: To improve the quality of online education and training. We can do this by:
Why A Partnership?
We chose a partnership model for JeLSIM as it seemed appropriate to an affiliation of experts in their own fields dedicated to increasing the quality of education through appropriate and innovative use of technology.
Who is Involved?

The JeLSIM partnership has two members:

Dr Colin Milligan has been involved in the design, authoring and delivery of online learning materials since 1994. Colin started work at MEDC, as part of a team creating materials for use by the University of Paisley in their distance learning initiative. In 1996 he moved to Heriot-Watt University, to work with TALiSMAN where he specialised in creating and delivering on-line courses in learning technology to HE staff across Scotland. After TALiSMAN, Colin worked on various HE and European funded projects investigating the evolving pedagogy of online learning. These projects resulted in the production of two widely read and respected JTAP reports on Virtual Learning Environments, joint authoring of a course (Learning About Open Learning) for delivery to 400 staff across Eastern Europe, and the delivery of a 5-day workshop to staff at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas. At Heriot-Watt, Colin also worked on the INSIDE project with MultiVerse, bringing simulations to the HE community in Scotland. In 2001, Colin joined MultiVerse full time where he was responsible for creating simulation content and monitoring the learning technology market for developments such as the emergence of standards. Colin is our eLearning expert.

Dr Ruth Thomas has been producing educational teaching and training materials for the past 16 years. She has worked as a programmer and manager within the computer-based teaching unit in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University. While at Cambridge she managed the INTERACT project, a major UK higher education (HE) initiative developing educational simulations in three universities. After moving to Scotland, Ruth built on the ideas of INTERACT and the MultiVerse project began in the Institute for Computer-Based Learning at Heriot-Watt. After spinout, she took on various roles including sales and marketing. As the company grew she ran the support department where she worked closely with customers and the development team to ensure the quality and usability of the tools. Ruth is our Simulation expert.

JeLSIM also work with associate members who provide specific expertise on individual projects.