Menu ENN Search

ReliefSim: Computer-based simulations for training humanitarian workers

Forced Migration Online (FMO) at the Refugee Studies Centre, together with Technology Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL), both at the University of Oxford, and the Columbia Centre for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) at Columbia University are currently undertaking a two year joint pilot study to develop simulation models for training humanitarian workers in the procedures needed for the management of complex emergencies, in particular in refugee situations. One of the key areas being targeted is nutrition.

These models will provide practitioners and students with the opportunity to solve problems, analyse situations, recommend future actions and deal with complex environments such as establishing new relief camps.

ReliefSim is the first of its kind to apply complex modelling technology to relief settings. It will both adhere to best pedagogic practice in eLearning and support the minimum standards as described in existing publications such as the Sphere Project, MÈdicins Sans FrontiËres' Refugee Health and the UNHCR's Handbook for Emergencies.

ReliefSim Digital Library

One of the innovative developments in the production of ReliefSim will be the digital resource bank to be produced as part of the simulation package. This will include annotated, navigable ebook versions of the major standards publications described above, as well as relevant full text documents from the FMO digital library. On the CD ROM version, these will be provided with a free ebook reader and search facility. For users with Internet access, ReliefSim will become a front end to the FMO digital library and portal, guiding users to the resources they need quickly and easily.

Progress so far

An advisory group of practitioners and academics from key organisations in the field has been helping the ReliefSim team to build content and create scenarios for the simulation. The learning technologies at TALL in Oxford are investigating the pedagogic and training issues, and the building of the simulation models is being led by CCNMTL with input from the whole team.

For further information, please contact: Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, 21 St Giles, Oxford, UK. E-mail: reliefsim@qeh.ox.ac.uk

More like this

FEX: Forced Migration Online: A world of information on human displacement

A comprehensive electronic information system for refugee and forced migration studies is currently being developed by the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford,...

FEX: Experiences of the Nutrition in Emergencies Regional Training Initiative

By Abigail Perry, Jessica Meeker, and Andrew Seal, UCL Centre for International Health and Development (UCL-CIHD) Abigail Perry is a nutritionist with extensive experience in...

FEX: Training in Public Health in Emergencies

The next Public Health in Complex Emergencies training programme will take place between 26th July and 7th August in Thailand, and 1-14 November at the Institute of Public...

FEX: Feinstein International Famine Centre

Name Feinstein International Famine Centre Address Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, 126 Curtis St. Medford, MA02155, USA Year...

FEX: Mastercard experiences during the humanitarian response in southern Europe

By Paul Musser and Sasha Kapadia Paul Musser is Senior Vice President of Humanitarian, Development & Donors, Mastercard. Paul Musser leads the team responsible for...

FEX: Psychosocial training for aid workers

The Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, has released a revised second edition of their psychosocial training module, The Refugee Experience. The 30-hour module, with...

FEX: Training in public health in emergencies

A public health in complex emergencies training programme (PHCE) is being implemented by World Education, Inc. in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC)...

FEX: Community-based Approaches to Managing Severe Malnutrition

One nutrition worker's solution to childcare at a busy feeding distribution! A three day meeting was held in Dublin hosted by Concern and Valid International between 8-10th of...

FEX: Nutrition in Emergencies: New Regional Training Courses in Africa, Asia and the Middle East

Are you interested in learning how to protect the nutrition of populations affected by humanitarian disasters? Do you want to develop the skills to deliver the wide range of...

Blog post: Welcome to the Media Hub

Firstly, a very warm welcome to ENN's blog! We are very excited to launch this today as part of our new Media Hub. For those of you who know ENNs work well, this new platform...

FEX: ENN launches en-net

An online forum (en-net) for urgent technical questions on emergency nutrition and food security has just been launched by the ENN, funded by the OFDA. The aim of the forum is...

FEX: Applying GIS to Nutrition Surveys

By Filippo Dibari, Andrew Seal and Paolo Paron Filippo Dibari is a Food Technologist with long term community based experience in developing countries and consultancies with...

FEX: Tools to support cash transfer programmes

The Cash Learning Project (CaLP) is composed of a steering committee of Oxfam GB, the British Red Cross, Save the Children, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Action Against...

FEX: Initiatives to improve training on nutrition in emergencies

A new Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) initiative to improve the capacity to respond to nutritional emergencies by strengthening professional training has recently received...

FEX: Population Explorer: Estimate local populations anywhere

By Lisa Jordan and Rob Rose Lisa Jordan is jointly Assistant Professor of Geography and Public Health at Florida State University. Her areas of research include population...

FEX: Process learning: field testing a social and behaviour change guide for nutrition-sensitive agriculture

By Sarah Titus Sarah Titus is the food security and nutrition manager with Save the Children for USAID's global nutrition project, SPRING. She has a Masters of Law and...

FEX: New quality assurance method for humanitarian projects

Summary of meeting1 On the 15th of December 2005, the Groupe URD and Oxford Brookes University launched the English version of the Quality COMPAS in Oxford, the result of more...

FEX: Guidelines and free on-line modules to support multi-sectoral programming for nutrition and resilience

Guidelines and a free online module have been developed by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) to assist professionals involved in emergency, resilience and...

FEX: References for Special Supplement 3

Beatrice, a beneficiary of the CRS seed voucher scheme in Burundi 1. Abdulai A., Barret, C., Hoddinott, J. (2004, June). Does food aid really have disincentive effects? new...

FEX: From the editor

This Field Exchange special issue on Urban Food Security and Nutrition aims to provide some insights into the learning and experience of a broad range of agencies, and...

Close

Reference this page

ReliefSim: Computer-based simulations for training humanitarian workers. Field Exchange 17, November 2002. p17. www.ennonline.net/fex/17/reliefsim