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Caspian Learning

Thinking Worlds         

Workshop Summary
In this workshop we will endeavor to explore the opportunities afforded to us by the fusion of Thinking Worlds and VBS2. 

Utilizing 3D simulations via dedicated hardware and in purpose built classrooms has been a tried and tested training intervention. However as technologies collide and companies collaborate, new opportunities emerge.

Caspian Learning and Bohemia Interactive have developed the ability to create VBS2 type content and deploy it via standard web browsers and also on mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones using the Thinking Worlds architecture. The Thinking Worlds rapid authoring interface also allows SME’s to develop mini simulations and send them to recruits around the world. The workshop will show how different military clients are already using this capability.


 Chris Brannigan






About Your Workshop Leader:

Chris Brannigan is one of the two co-founders of Caspian Learning and is its Chief Creative Officer. Chris focuses his time and efforts within Caspian leading the R&D of the technology and the pedagogical approaches employed within the applications.

Originally from the North East, Chris left the area to undertake Learning and Memory research at both undergraduate and post graduate level at the Universities of Cardiff and St Andrews in Scotland. Chris then moved to London where he spent five years with Barclays bank, working on technology investment related projects. Following this, Chris spent three years working for the American technology company Razorfish as strategic director across Europe. Within this role Chris explored a variety of technology initiatives and worked on investment and growth strategies for clients.

Chris returned to the North East in 2002 to set up Caspian Learning. Since that time he has led a research team to develop tools that integrate learning and memory research methods with interactive computer games technologies. These tools are now being deployed in corporations and schools around Europe.


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Welcome and Introduction

9:15 Theatre Responsive Training - VBSworlds

9:45 Training Use Cases

10:15 Coffee Break

10:45 Anytime / Anywhere Training & Simulation

11:15 Self Authored/Re-useable Simulations – How Costs Can Be Reduced

11:45 User Feedback Session

12:30 Close of workshop


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CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

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