Higher Education

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 337–355 | Cite as

Anticipating the experience of higher education through computer simulation

  • Noel Entwistle
  • Phil Odor
  • Charles Anderson


In industry the advantages of “realistic job preview” have been much discussed, but lit-tle is currently done in British schools to prepare students for higher education. This article describes the development stages of a principled adventure game to simulate the experience of higher education. Playing this game is intended to provide “realistic role preview” for prospective students.

The simulation has been developed out of an earlier board game derived, to some extent, from research findings. More recent research on student learning has provided the principles on which the new simulation game is being based. The game not only allows students to try out different study strategies, it also provides advice tailored to the specific strategies used by the individual stu-dent in interacting with the computer. This simulation can be seen as a simple expert system providing a form of intelligent tutoring.

The architecture of the computer simulation is described, together with the strategies used to ensure that the game, and the advice provided, are both controlled by principles derived from the research on student learning. Illustrations are used to indicate how a student would experience the interactions with the computer, and how the rules produce tailored advice.


High Education Computer Simulation Research Finding Expert System Development Stage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noel Entwistle
    • 1
  • Phil Odor
    • 1
  • Charles Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of EdinburghUK

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