JeLSIM continues to develop the eSim Builder software originally produced by MultiVerse Solutions Ltd, a spin-out from Heriot-Watt University, At Heriot-Watt, the founder members were researchers within the Institute for Computer Based Learning. Whilst under development at MultiVerse, tools were in receipt of two SMART awards for tool development from the Scottish Executive.
Jelsim Builder is a tool for the rapid production of interactive simulations (Jelsims). These can be rapidly produced and easily deployed to the web, intranet or online learning course through a standard browser as a Java applet. Previously, simulations were expensive to produce, bespoke programmes whose code could not be re-used. The unique JeLSIM software separates the behavioural model from the visualisation so that the model can be re-used and adapted according to the purpose or standard of user experience.
We have a well-developed philosophy (see this JelsimPartnership.pdf) that defines our approach to learning and believe that eSims add value to e-learning courseware by creating exciting and meaningful material.
Creating interactive simulations (Jelsims) for e-learning programmes is easy with the JeLSIM software tools:
By separating the behavioural model that drives the eSim from the visualisation, there is greater scope for re-use: saving valuable development resource and speeding up the production process.
Jelsim Builder encourages the members of the development team to concentrate on their own area of expertise - programmers create the behavioural model, educators create the visualisation.
Visualisations can easily be tailored to better match the users' needs, without having to adapt the behavioural model - the teacher is empowered.
The Jelsims are created as Java applets and can be seamlessly integrated into web pages, and stored as learning objects in content repositories or Learning Content Management Systems.
Jelsims form the interactive part of web delivered courseware.
Try The ToolsThe JeLSIM tools are now freely available for general use. Please download from our download page and use. Please send an email if you download.
To run eSim Builder, you should have a PC with the following specifications.
- Intel Pentium (or equivalent) Processor 266MHz,
- Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 or Windows XP,
- 64 MB of RAM,
- Internet Explorer 4.x or above, Netscape Navigator 4.x or above, or Mozilla/ Firefox etc.