Merry Christmas from everyone at Can Studios!

2015 has been a great year for us and, with the new year rapidly approaching, it now feels like the perfect time to take a look back at all the exciting announcements, events and general Can Studios goings-on throughout 2015.

We’re moving!

The Christmas holidays may be just around the corner, but at Can Studios we’re gearing up for the big move.

After spending more than 16 years in our current office, we’re making the leap to a much bigger office space in one of Sheffield’s most iconic buildings – which also happens to be the largest listed structure in Europe!

can studios park hill

If you live in Sheffield, then chances are you’re already familiar with Park Hill. This Grade II listed building has been an integral part of the Sheffield skyline for over 50 years, and we can’t wait to be working from such an instantly-recognisable landmark.

Read more about our new offices.

Helping to bridge the skills gap

Can Studios has a long history of working with educational organisations including Collins Education, Oxford University Press, Sheffield Hallam University and Folens, so it made perfect sense to expand on this and offer project support and mentoring to students at our local University Technical College, UTC Sheffield.

It’s crucial that students are taught the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy, but we believe it’s equally important that the next generation are taught the skills needed to bridge the emerging skills gap. That’s why we’ve been working with UTC Sheffield in 2015, and are looking forward to continue supporting them throughout 2016.

Find out more about our work with UTC Sheffield

Helping organisations take advantage of blended learning

Blended learning offers the best of both worlds – all the flexibility and convenience of online learning, with the face-to-face interaction and increased motivation of in-person training. Throughout 2015, we helped more organisations reap the benefits of blended learning.

To see how we helped these organisations implement a more engaging, varied and ultimately more effective training programme, take a look at our portfolio

Raising awareness of international health crisis

We’re currently working on an exciting new project to help raise awareness of the huge impact health crises have on human lives, national infrastructures, economies and environments.

This innovative medical simulator casts the player in the role of a Strategic Incident Manager, making them responsible for obtaining emergency funds and deciding how these funds should be allocated.

When an infection inevitably breaks out somewhere in the world, the player’s earlier decisions determine how prepared they are to deal with the infection. As the game progresses, the player has to manage their resources to try and contain the outbreak, and avoid it turning into an epidemic.

can studios medical resource sim

You can learn more about our Medical Resource Simulator – and watch out for updates coming in early 2016. 

Getting involved with the Children’s Media Conference

The Children’s Media Conference is a huge event for anyone and everyone who’s involved in developing, producing and distributing content to children. The event spans over 50 sessions, keynotes, workshops and panels featuring representatives from industry giants including BBC, Nickelodeon, Penguin Random House, Lego, YouTube, and Disney.

This year’s conference even had a dedicated ‘EdTech’ series where speakers explored the different aspects of educational technology and digital learning. Engaging educational software is at the heart of Can Studios, so this year’s theme was right up our street!

We’re already looking forward to next year’s Children’s Media Conference, and are planning to get more involved in CMC 2016.

As you can see, we’ve been very busy across a range of projects. 2015 has been kind to us, so here’s to a Merry Christmas and a great 2016.