Open University Game-based Simulation Earns Gold in the 2017 International Serious Play Awards (July 2017)


Child Witness Interview Simulator with UK police, developed by HighSkillz in collaboration with The Open University’s Learning Teaching and Innovation Academic Unit (LTI-Academic, the Institute of Educational Technology, IET) wins Gold in the International Serious Play Awards 2017! 


This academic/private sector partnership was carried out in collaboration with The Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning, along with several police force partners, notably Lancashire Constabulary. 


The competition honours outstanding digital games designed for education or training.  Entry categories included Corporate, Government/Military, Healthcare, K-6 Education, 7-12 Education, Higher Education and Museums.


Anne Adams, leading this project and Director of Knowledge Exchange in the Centre for Policing says: “It is excellent to receive the recognition for this training. Our research has proven that this digital game increases learning 10% more than traditional methods”.


Jean Hartley, Executive Director for the centre has added:  “This award acknowledges the close and productive collaboration between academics, police and HighSkillz working together in the Centre for Policing to produce tools to improve policing, underpinned by high quality research”.


"The winning games were high quality and very innovative this year.  We had many close categories", Sue Bohle, executive director, Serious Play Conference, award sponsor, said. 


This project was initially funded through The Open University Centre for Policing Research and Learning by the Police Knowledge Fund with further developments funded by High-Skillz and The Open University.  This is a highly significant award, amongst the winners were other exceptional participants such as the Naval Research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory (Gold award), Montreal Science Centre (Silver award) and Institute of Mental Health, Singapore (Bronze)


The simulation-based training has been developed into a final product and the OU are working with HighSkillz to commercialise this for wide use by police forces. 


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Winning games will be demonstrated at the 2017 Serious Play Conference in July at George Mason University's Science and Technology Campus. 


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