#210 – Simulation tech for workforce training
What’s in this episode?
In this episode we throwback to a past recording chatting about the power of role-play and simulation technology in hostile environment training and international development. This episode was recorded at the start of 2020 in pre-COVID times, so you will also hear an update from one of our guests, Mike Todd, reflecting on what’s changed since our recording.
A big shout out to this week’s amazing guests and don’t forget to scroll down to check out their work via our show notes.
You can follow the conversation using #voctechpodcast and #voctech.
Enjoy our #VocTechPodcast series?
Make sure you save the date for the newly announced Ufi Week of Voctech which will be a programme of online events, celebrating VocTech and its impact on vocational training & learning, a bit like the discussion in today’s podcast, and this will be taking place between Monday 2nd and Friday 6th November 2020. More details soon…
Mike is the CEO of Near-Life, a company at the forefront of immersive learning: using interactive video to create realistic, digital scenarios. Near-Life combine software know-how and innovative media production to deliver work for a range of international clients. They have worked on major projects with partners such as USAID, DFID, The Norwegian Refugee Council, ASDA, JLL and St John Ambulance.
Kathleen leads a distributed team aimed at incubating and integrating new programme ideas and approaches across the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
Kathy has 20 years of progressively responsible experience in international humanitarian response and development programming. She has practical knowledge of program and strategy development and organisational change processes, with a particular focus on high risk and hard to reach environments. Kathy has a practical understanding of coordination mechanisms, including clusters and humanitarian response mechanisms.
Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie has spoken and moderated at a variety of events including SXSW EDU, Yidan Education Prize, ASU GSV Summit, and the Next Billion Edtech Summit. She is an industry mentor and advisor, including to the UCL Knowledge Lab initiative EDUCATE, a Reimagine Education, GESA Awards, Bett Awards and XPrize Adult Literacy judge, and previous Edtech50 and Edtech Digest winner.
Sophie is passionate about lifelong and everyday learning. If she’s not interviewing a University Vice-Chancellor, Edtech Investor, School Leader, or StartUp about education innovation, she’s engrossed in Teach Your Monster to Read or wrestling her lockdown baby. A keen cyclist, she has recently relocated to West Devon which she considers the English version of the Pyrenees. She is very lucky to work with a distributed team on The Edtech Podcast.
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References from this week’s episode
- Ufi Voctech Trust – website, homepage
- Ufi Voctech – Twitter
- Ufi Voctech Trust – LinkedIn
- Ufi Week of Voctech, 2 – 6 November – Sign up to Ufi’s newsletter to get the first look at the agenda when it’s released
- Mike Todd – LinkedIn
- Mike Todd – Twitter
- RiverHorse – Mike’s content creation company – Website
- EdX – Website – online learning programme
- Uprising Leadership – Mike mentors here
- NearLife – Website
- NearLife – Twitter
- Learning Technologies Awards – Website – NearLife are previous winners
- Big Chip Awards – Website – 2018 shortlist
- UKUX Awards – Website
- What is international development? – Concern Article
- Humanitarian Training – Website
- USAid – Website
- USAid – Twitter
- USAid – LinkedIn
- Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – Website – Replaced Dept. International Development
- World Health Organisation – Website
- WHO – Twitter
- Kathy Relleen Evans – LinkedIn
- Kathy Relleen Evans – Twitter
- Care – Website – Charity Kathy previously worked with.
- Mercy Corps – Website – Charity Kathy previously worked with.
- Danish Refugee Council – Website – Charity Kathy previously worked with.
- Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) – Website
- NRC – LinkedIn
- NRC – Twitter
- Hostile Environment Training – Website – Info about the HEAT course, site is a provider of the training.
- Humanitarian Leadership Academy – Website
- Humanitarian Leadership Academy – Twitter
- Humanitarian Leadership Academy – LinkedIn
- Kaya Connect – Website – Kaya platform offered by HLA
Thank you to the Ufi Voctech Trust
Our aim is to help improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce by funding digital solutions for vocational learning. We only fund activity that is ‘scalable’ through technology, ie projects that use digital methods to widen access to vocational learning. While digital learning solutions are potentially open to all, we are especially keen to assist digital projects which involve post-school age vocational learners that have failed to be engaged by the education system. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, Head of Communications, Ufi Voctech Trust.
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