We are delighted that we were successful in the recent round of collaboration funding offered by MITACS.
We now have two Interns who are actively engaged in the OLabERATE project for the next year.
We welcome Ismail el Hardoum and Mahdi Hosseini to the project and have already seen valuable contributions to our efforts by both of them.
Our project with Universite San Tomas, Concepcion, Chile that was first mentioned in Chile adopts OLab for virtual scenarios, continues apace.
After some initial challenges with language, which was greatly mitigated by excellent translation services and multi-lingual Zoom meetings, our team (led by Michelle Cullen) has been assisting teachers in Chile in the creation of virtual scenarios.
OLab is largely language agnostic, as noted here (Multilingual OLab), even supporting Right-> Left languages and scripts. We are exploring to what extent the authoring framework should also be made multilingual but are happy to report that, so far, this has not been a barrier for our authors.
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) recently completed the first phase of their Virtu-WIL Project, https://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/what-we-do/canadian-partnerships/virtu-wil/.
Together with Simulation Canada, they assembled 137 virtual simulations for healthcare professionals in various disciplines: nursing, paramedicine and medical lab technicians. The entire collection is available at https://simulationcanada.ca/virtu-wil/
OLab was pleased to collaborate with a group of authors from many institutions in the creation of some of these cases.
This initiative was funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) via The Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative – Canada.ca.
CICan has been invited to create more cases for Phase 2 of this initiative. We intend to support this second round of cases.