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Teaching Club

The aims of the Simile Teaching Club

Simile is used in over sixty institutions of higher education world-wide for teaching. The main aim of the Simile Teaching Club is to encourage the spread of systems thinking in the next generation. Teachers and their students benefit by having access to powerful and intuitive software for systems modelling. We benefit by raising awareness of Simile in educational and research institutions, and through the accumulation of teaching resources based on Simile.

Benefits of joining the Simile Teaching Club

Membership of the Simile Teaching Club is open to anyone who has purchased a licence for the Standard or Enterprise Editions of Simile, and who is engaged in teaching modelling at secondary school, undergraduate or Masters level. Membership entitles you to a free copy of the Teaching Edition, which can be distributed to all students in nominated courses. The Teaching Edition is identical to the Standard Edition except that models are limited to 50 equations.

We would like this space to become a resource centre where members of the Simile Teaching Club can access the teaching resources provided by others.   These may include models, handouts and presentations. 

How to join the Simile Teaching Club

To join the Simile Teaching Club, please go to the Groups page. When requesting membership please give a summary of the teaching course(s) you wish to use Simile for.  For each course, please give the course name, level (high school, undergraduate, postgraduate) and approximate number of students.

Conditions of membership

Membership is subject to the following guidelines and conditions on the use of the software: the continued existence of the Club depends on members respecting these conditions. Clicking on the 'Join' button at the bottom of the request form signifies that you accept and agree to abide by these conditions. On receipt of your application, we will send you a password to access our secure download area.

  • Membership of the club is open to all licensed users of Simile: i.e. the student licence for Simile is free, but the class instructor is required to purchase a licence if he/she does not already have one.
  • Within this club, Simile is provided for class teaching use only. This may include small projects undertaken by all the members of the class. For any other use, including research use by staff or Ph.D. students and major individual projects by students within undergraduate or Masters programmes, please contact Simulistics for details of the appropriate licence. Please note that we provide a free Evaluation Edition, should any of your colleagues be interested in learning Simile. This is fully functional, and limited only in the size of model that can be built (approximately 25 equations).
  • Please distribute Simile only to those students taking your course. This may be done by whatever means is most convenient: e.g. from a departmental server, or on CD-ROM.
  • Simulistics is unable to respond to requests for support from your students. We ask you to deal with these requests, and to pass on to us details of any recurrent problems, and any errors or omissions from the documentation.
  • We encourage you to make the Simile-based resources you develop for your course available to the global community. These could include teaching models, lecture notes and practical handouts. Please support our commitment to keep Simile free for educational use by sending us any material generated for your course, or by publishing it on the Web.
  • To assist us in continuing to improve Simile, we ask you to send us bug reports and suggestions for new features.

Sharing your own Simile-based teaching material with others

If you have Simile-based teaching material, such as models, handouts or presentations, that you would like to make available for others to use in their own courses, please go to the Simile Teaching Resources page, and either provide a link to your own web site containing the material, or create a new page and add the material to this page.   Alternatively, please contact Robert Muetzelfeldt, at robertm <at>  Thanks!