SIMUL@B: 3D simulations laboratory for the digital teaching competence development is an I+D project funded by Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad del Gobierno de España (Ref. EDU2013-42223-P) and developed by the Applied Research Group in Education and Technology (ARGET) (Ref. 2014SGR1399) from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona) with the collaboration of two more universities: Universitat de Lleida and Universitat d’Andorra. This project started in 2014 and gathers several investigations and doctoral thesis.
The general aim is to design a virtual lab to be fitted in the future teachers training plan directed to guarantee the Digital Teaching Competence (DTC) acquisition.
The Digital Competence (DC) is a basic competence necessary for all the citizens and like that it is contemplated in the study plans of the different educational stages: the compulsory ones, the no compulsory ones and in the university. In the training of the faculty we refer to the Digital Teaching Competence (DTC) since this one has a few own characteristics of the profession that separate it from the common one for the citizenship.
Some of the own capacities and aptitudes of the DTC, in the studies of degree of education, offer to be developed by means of the simulation of real situations across the use of a virtual learning environment 3D.
To be able to implement the work of the DTC there is integrated as 3D environment of learning, the combination of OpenSim (multi-user virtual environment), the virtual environment of training of the University (Moodle) with the Sloodle (a range of tools that provides both platforms).
The method selected for this research is the Educational Design Research (EDR), it is a question of a mixed methodology that it follows a structure for phases and of cyclical character.
At the moment we are at the final step of the design, development and implementation phase, that precedes the final evaluation.