2011 Conference

We are pleased to announce that the annual SAGSET Conference is to be held in Derby on Thursday 21st July. The theme for this year’s exciting event is ‘Successful simulations and technology enhanced learning’.

Through interactive workshops and sessions we will are looking to explore this subject in more detail. We welcome papers from all – so if you have an idea for a workshop or session then contact the events team on 01332 594446 or email eventsassistant@derby.ac.uk

This year’s conference will be innovative, interactive and inspiring…don’t miss this opportunity to be involved!

The Enterprise Centre

Full delegate which includes –

1 x dinner place
1 x delegate place
1 x overnight accommodation (Wednesday)
1 x breakfast
£149 + vat

Day Delegate which includes

1 x delegate place – access to all sessions
£99 + vat

Student rate –
£65 + VAT
1 Day Delegate place – access to all sessions
Tea & coffee throughout the day
*Full time education

2011 Speakers Confirmed so far…

Jeremy J. S. B. Hall, Churchill Fellow, FRSA
Jeremy has spent most of his working life designing and using computer business simulations to train business people. The judges who awarded Jeremy the World of Learning “Outstanding Contribution to the Training Industry” described him as a real expert who shows enviable longevity and contribution to the industry.
Beyond his practical experience Jeremy has researched and studied the use and design of business simulations. Work that won him a Churchill Fellowship as well as Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning (ABSEL) best paper awards. He has shared his learning through numerous articles and papers and two books on Business Simulation (the latest book on business simulation design is available as a fee download from www.simulations.co.uk).

Keynote Topic –
“Why companies use computer simulations to enhance learning”

Companies train their staff so that they can do a better job and improve the company’s success. Likewise, businesspeople learn so they can do a better job and be more successful. Thus both focus on doing rather than just knowing and this underpins their use of business simulations to develop and explore practical knowledge, develop and practice skills, engage and motivate learners, assess learners and evaluate training and, finally, enhance learning. Based on experience with well over two thousand runs of business simulations on courses and discussions with companies in the UK and the USA, Jeremy will explore this model in a way relevant to training practitioners and academics concerned with using technology to enhance learning.

Simon Birkett; University of Derby

Simon Bignell (aka Milton Broome in Second Life) is a Lecturer in Psychology at University of Derby, UK. His research interests include Autism, ADHD and Technology-Enhanced Learning. He has led several funded projects within 3D virtual worlds and has served as reviewer for many scientific journals and for many years was the Associate Editor for Conferences for the British Psychological Society’s monthly magazine The Psychologist. He has been nominated for the UK’s Times Higher Education ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ Award and is committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation in Higher Education. Simon says, “I graduated in Psychology from the former School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences (COGS) at University of Sussex in the UK where I studied Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence. This was a very exciting time in Cognitive Science and the interdisciplinary atmosphere was exhilarating. After Sussex I moved to the Department of Psychology at University of Essex to do a PhD in ‘ADHD and Children’s Language’. There I was Senior Research Officer and then Temporary Lecturer teaching ‘Reading Development and Reading Disorders’. I have also taught at London South Bank University teaching Developmental Psychology and Psychological Research Methods and lectured in Cognitive Psychology and Biological Psychology for The Open University.”