About SimTutor

Learning by doing. Anytime, anywhere.

 

SimTutor is a simulation eLearning, management and content company offering interactive, cloud-based solutions to raise and improve the accuracy, skills and understanding of workforces around the globe. Organizations can purchase market-specific solutions for their employees, while instructional designers can purchase a comprehensive suite of content planning and authoring tools to create learning modules for their own customers. 

SimTutor Inc, is the parent company of SimTutor and SIMTICS, two New Zealand based companies providing eLearning solutions to the US and beyond since 2008. 


Trusted simulation-based training tools and services 


SimTutor Author, our DIY simulation and scenario based training authoring platform,  is used by global corporations to drive learning and development across multiple industries.

The learn-by-doing approach, based on educational research and cognitive science, makes personalized, self-paced employee training effective and engaging. The deep learning and high retention level achieved delivers the desired behavior and performance in the workplace. 

SimTutor Health's flagship product is
SIMTICS, which offers an extensive library of simulation-based modules for learning medical procedures. Multi-media cognitive simulations are integrated into the comprehensive learning platform with how-to video, explanatory text, applied 3D anatomy, and a quiz. Like a “flight simulator for clinical procedures”, computer based simulation reduces the risks of learning and enables repeated practice so learners can build competence and confidence, and retain their skills knowledge for longer.


The History of SimTutor


It began in 1998. Two doctors, George Oosthuizen and Professor John Windsor, were frustrated with the way in which medical students were taught to perform complex procedures. Traditional training through textbooks, observation, face-to-face sessions, and written tests was costly, time-consuming and ineffective. As a second-time student in a new country, George found it frustrating to access all the information he needed. And as an educator, Prof. Windsor wanted to find a way to achieve better learning outcomes for his students. 

The medical duo started collaborating and turned to technology to create a solution - one that would go beyond theory to support interactive practice and skills reinforcement, to achieve dramatically improved proficiency and confidence levels. 

Created and incubated in New Zealand, the SimTutor platform has evolved into a leading eLearning tool, which is now used world-wide across many industries.

SimTutor enables organizations to deploy state-of-the-art learning simulations into training curriculum, quickly, inexpensively, and at large scale. We offer world-class tools and expertise for the creation of simulation-based training for any industry.

SimTutor is driving competence and performance to new levels and building human intelligence into multinational corporations, as well as local businesses in small corners of the planet!

Build intelligence in your organization with SimTutor.

SimTutor Team Members

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Clancy Marshall Chief Executive Officer

Clancy has over 20 years’ experience and a proven track record of launching innovative start-ups, developing and managing market-leading e-Learning platforms, and founding education technology-based foundations. 

Some of Clancy's previous roles include: Founder of  Cleverywhere, an educational gaming company that prepares students for standardized tests; VP of Global Core Platforms for Pearson, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of the non-profit 20 Million Minds Foundation, and Founder of DynamicBooks, the e-textbook subsidiary of Macmillan Publishers. Outside of work, Clancy enjoys spending time with her family and their many animals.

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Cherry Vanderbeke Chief Operations Officer

As COO Cherry has helped to grow SimuLearn into a well-recognized simulation solution provider with major institutional customers in the US and beyond, and individual subscribers in over 90 countries around the world.

Cherry spent much of her career in the IT industry in UK and New Zealand. After running her own business for 10 years, she was invited to join SIMTICS team in 2008, to help them scale to meet the needs of the US education market. 

Outside of work, Cherry likes to relax on her 60 foot steel boat, and also volunteers at Coastguard Communications.

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Tina Clyma Head of Marketing

Tina has been a marketing professional for almost 15 years, working in the media and services sectors. During that time she has worked on projects ranging from brand and website redesign to MarTech implementation and content strategy. As a seasoned senior marketer, she is passionate about advancing SimuLearn's presence and reputation within the eLearning industry.

Outside of work, Tina enjoys time with her family and attending hardcore boot camp classes.

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Ryan Knapp Head of Sales/ Partners

Ryan has more than 15 years' experience in SaaS, edtech, and publishing. He is a sales and business development consultant who specializes in launching start-ups.

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Jamil Geor Chief Technology Officer

Jamil is a talented software architect and developer with extensive knowledge of 3D computer graphics and cloud-first app development. He has been working with SimuLearn for the past 15 years, overseeing the development of its technology platforms, and working with customers around the globe to deliver effective learning solutions.

With more than 20 years of experience in software development, he has delivered technology solutions for some of the world’s largest brands.

If Jamil’s not working, he’s probably out walking his dog.

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Sachin Arora Product Director

Sachin is an experienced product management professional who is experienced at leading cross-functional teams to success. At SimTutor, he focuses on ensuring that our product offering provides positive customer experience and resolves key customer pain points. When he is not at work you might find him on the ballroom floor enjoying Latin dancing.

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Shelly Zimbelman
Shelly Zimbelman Director of Learning and Content Development

Shelly's 25 years of experience in education include oversight of higher education programs, company start-up divisions and hospital-based education programs. She is experienced in curriculum design and in many delivery methods including professional development, continuing education, classroom-based instruction, blended learning, web-based simulations, and interactive eLearning.

She is an innovative and creative executive with experience in project management, team development, business partnerships, compliance, and online course development. Shelly is also a skilled medical professional with in-depth knowledge of multiple medical fields, accreditation practices and quality assurance. Her extensive and diverse background enables her to oversee all our content development and updates, manage subject experts and clinical editors, ensure quality assurance for content, manage any regulatory requirements, and serve as a medical subject expert in several fields.

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Dantes Fernandes Head of Development

Dantes is passionate about working with cutting-edge technology and pushing forward the limits, with creativity and innovation, helping to shape and contribute to the future of the business.

With 10 years of experience in software development and two postgraduate in Strategic Management of IT and Applied Business, he has added value to three of Brazil's government institutions and helped a startup to build a solid ground-foundation for software development in New Zealand. His interests reside in AI, software automation and technological trends. When not working he's with his family exploring New Zealand or playing with his kids.

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Benny Jekel Customer Success Manager

Benny's role is in the name - all about helping you, the customer, to be successful with our product. With lots of experience with instructional design, media creation, and an especially high knowledge of the SimTutor platform (working with it for 4+ years), he is always keen to help with any questions or issues our clients may have. 

He has a passion for technology - from tech support for friends and family, to PC gaming; but he also enjoys staying very active and he plays a lot of soccer.

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Gary Collins Program Manager

Gary has a track record of over 30 years experience in project and program management in a range of roles in start-up, corporate, and government organizations to the SimuLearn team.

His role includes bringing the geographically dispersed team together across time zones to build momentum and create new product offerings and improvements. He applies his passion for technology to transform the way that SimuLearn creates and delivers their online simulation based training modules.

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Amol Walanj Lead Content Specialist

Amol is the technical lead for the eLearning content department, with close to a decade of experience in media and quality assurance. He was part of a major content project at SIMTICS 10 years ago, and returned to the company in 2017 to take charge of developing, integrating and maintaining digital content across the SIMTICS platform, and managing the content system.

He also helps with simulation design and building, provides support for product issues, and assists with long-term planning for the SimuLearn products. Amol's knowledge of the English language and grammar is stellar, so he often acts as a proof-reader - and since joining SIMTICS he's added medical terminology to his language knowledge base too!

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David Sweeney Lead Software & Content Tester | Automation Engineer

Dave is an experienced software tester and automation engineer with a decade of experience working on applications within the eLearning space. 

He has a passion for online learning and the benefits it provides – a passion that started when he first joined SIMTICS in 2009. Now he is back again to continue providing quality products to a new generation of customers.

In his spare time, he can be found riding motorbikes, building Raspberry Pi clusters, and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Information Sciences degree.

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MUHAMMAD HAROON RASHEED KHAN QA Manager

Haroon is a qualified software engineer, highly competent in testing, planning, design, documentation, automation, and execution. He has been in software quality assurance, testing and project management roles for the past 16 years.

At SimuLearn he manages quality assurance, testing, process activities and coordinating with other teams on a daily basis.

Outside the office he loves to spend time with his family, working on DIY projects and exploring interesting places.

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Jill Kraleman Customer Service and Training Coordinator

 Jill offers over 15 years experience of working with faculty and coaching and encouraging students to help them achieve their educational goals. She has extensive knowledge of customer service, organizational development, project management, as well as employee development and training. 

Prior to joining SimuLearn, Jill held positions such as Corporate Director of Student Services, Continuing Education Coordinator and Online Faculty Operations Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and has spent most of her career working in higher education.

 

 

 

 

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Professor John Windsor Co-Founder and Educational Advisor

John and his co-founder, Dr. George Oosthuizen wanted to improve the way that medical students learned procedural skills. It was John's experience of establishing sophisticated medical training centers, and his understanding of the costs, limitations and logistics of running them, that led to the concept of SimuLearn's online simulation-based training solution.

John studied medicine at the University of Otago and later sub-specialized in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and gastro-oesophageal surgery under the tutelage of Sir David Carter in Edinburgh. He became Head of Surgery at the University of Auckland in 2004. His interests in teaching laparoscopic surgery led to the development of the Advanced Skills Training Centre in Auckland. In 2004, a new Postgraduate Training Centre opened where skills training with appropriate technology is provided in a world class facility.

John grew up at the foot of the Himalayas, where his father established a cardiac clinic. This gave John a deep appreciation of the value of education and community.

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SimTutor's Board of Directors

Simulearn Logo smallCollectively, SimTutor’s directors hold decades of international experience in industries ranging from medical devices and health care eLearning to property investment and manufacturing. This breadth of industry knowledge is a key factor that enables SimTutor to provide solutions across an enormous range of different companies and needs.

Board members

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Peter Crosby Director and chairman of the board

Peter has worked in the medical device industry for over 35 years, and has been the CEO of six medical device companies (public and private) in four countries. From an engineering background, he has 30 issued US patents and has brought many products to the world market. Peter has served on the Board of 12 companies, and is or has been Chairman of five.

Since retiring as a full time CEO in 2017, he has started a third career helping other companies develop, prosper and grow, as an advisor, consultant and board member.

Peter loves renovating houses (six so far), and spending time with his children and grandchildren scattered throughout the world.

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Paul dyson Director

Paul has worked in international technology companies in Australia, UK, France, India and New Zealand and has broad experience in commercialising technologies.

His principle interests are in medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare e-learning and light electric vehicles.  

Paul is also a passionate supporter of the arts, a restaurateur and enjoys spending time outdoors.

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Rick Boven Director

Rick is a professional strategist and management consultant leading Stakeholder Strategies. Rick was previously a partner at The Boston Consulting Group, a director of ASB Bank, the director of think tank, The New Zealand Institute and consultant to several technology companies.

In his spare time, Rick is developing a sustainable farm and writing a book on ideas about the environment. He is an avid runner and tries to stay fit.

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Danny Chan Director

Danny is an experienced director who currently holds a number of directorships across a range of industries. He has extensive experience in accounting, finance, investment management, and education and is also a Member of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet - China Project, the NZ China Executive Council and the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.

Danny enjoys traveling and playing badminton.

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Craig Sinclair Director

Craig has extensive directorship, CEO and executive management experience in a broad range of industries including banking, aviation, multi-channel retails and apparel.

Craig also holds several director positions over a number of early-stage businesses lending them his expertise in growth and management strategies.

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David Bone Advisor to the Board

David serves as Chairman on Boards of Directors for a number of companies involved in manufacturing, refrigerated logistics, medical training, standards certification and property investment. He has extensive experience in governance, management consulting and strategy.

In his spare time, David enjoys all things to do with boating.

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SimTutor offers simulation tools and solutions for every organization.

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Do you want to incorporate powerful learning simulations into your organization's training?

SimTutor gives you the tools and resources to either create your own simulation training or, use our ready made simulations.

Speak to the team today and change the way you create your training.

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