In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will launch the EdSim Challenge, which will call upon the gaming, developer, and edtech communities to design simulated environments that prepare America’s students for a more competitive world through high-quality career and technical education.
Today, ED has launched a call for public feedback, which will help shape the Challenge design. You can submit your feedback through December 9, 2015 about simulated learning subject areas, skill sets, technical considerations, and more.
What’s the goal of the Challenge?
Simulated learning experiences, such as immersive gaming environments, virtual reality, and training simulations, represent an emerging class of instructional content delivery in education. Research indicates that simulation-based learning holds advantages for students in terms of information retention, engagement, skills training, and learning outcomes.
The Challenge will seek engaging simulated learning experiences that will help define the next generation of applied learning and pair immersive technologies with rigorous educational content and integrated assessment. Specifically, solutions should demonstrate the transfer of academic, technical, and employability skills.
What’s next in the Challenge?
Following the call for public feedback, ED will finalize the Challenge design. In Spring 2016, the Challenge will open for submissions.
Help us spread the word about the call for public feedback using #EdSimChallenge. We look forward to hearing from you!