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Theme-based Design Tips

Simulation-based learning is a powerful educational approach, particularly in fields such as healthcare and professional training. In this article, we will explore some tips for designing activities to support simulation-based learning on FacDev, drawing inspiration from the examples from our users.

  1. Clear Learning Objectives: Establishing specific and clear learning objectives is fundamental. Whether for a virtual simulation, interprofessional collaboration, or scenario development, learning objectives provide a roadmap for achieving educational goals.
    πŸ‘‰ Activity design tips: Utilize "Conceptual Artifact" as a way for learners to submit their design of scenario-specific learning objectives. This activity type allows for the creation and submission of artifacts that align with specific objectives.

  2. Effective Design: The success of any simulation activity hinges on its design. It's essential to create scenarios that align with learning objectives, are engaging, and offer a realistic experience. Utilizing simulation templates or scenario banks can be a valuable starting point. When using pre-published simulation scenarios, be prepared to review and modify them to suit your institution's and learners' needs. This skill is particularly useful for tailoring scenarios to specific contexts. Several simulation scenario β€œbanks” are available online: Simulation Canada SIM Scenario Exchange | BC Emergency Medicine Network Sim Cases | Healthy Simulation: Free Medical and Nursing Simulation Scenarios.
    πŸ‘‰ Activity design tips: When customizing pre-published scenarios, consider using "Peer Review" activities. This allows colleagues or peers to provide feedback on scenario modifications and enhancements, ensuring alignment with local institution needs. Additionally, make use of "Resource Exploration" to provide learners with a wealth of readings, podcasts, videos, and weblinks for further research and inspiration when customizing scenarios. This diverse range of resources can help learners refine and optimize pre-published scenarios effectively.

  3. Collaboration and Feedback: Collaboration is a recurring theme, emphasizing the importance of working with colleagues, partners, or peers. Seeking feedback, whether for refining simulations or designing low-cost prototypes, enhances the quality of the learning experience.
    πŸ‘‰ Activity design tips: Encourage collaboration by employing "Group Projects" with a focus on interprofessional competencies. This activity type facilitates group work, where learners from different professions can collaborate and develop simulation projects. Additionally, "External Engagement Activities" empower learners to engage in cooperative learning outside the online platform, either individually or with partners, such as colleagues, peers from the same course, or friends who can provide valuable suggestions and comments on their work.

  4. Assessment and Debriefing: Assessing learner performance during and after simulations is crucial. Develop assessment plans and learner debriefing strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of the simulation activity.
    πŸ‘‰ Activity design tips: incorporate "Reflection" activities to gather self-reflection and feedback from users on the effectiveness of the simulation. Reflection activities can help collect valuable insights for improving and optimizing simulation designs.

  5. Technology Integration: When using virtual simulations or any technology-driven tools, ensure that the technology works seamlessly and does not distract from the learning process.
    πŸ‘‰ Activity design tips: "Peer Review" activities can involve learners assessing and providing feedback on their peers' use of technology-driven tools in the simulations. Peer reviews can help identify any issues or distractions related to technology usage and provide constructive feedback for improvement. This collaborative approach ensures that the technology enhances the learning experience effectively.

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Special Thanks:
We extend our gratitude to Dr. Richard Cherry from Western University, Dr. James Leung from McMaster University, and Center for Simulation Based Learning, McMaster University for their valuable contributions in providing the insightful cases.

Last modified: Monday, 6 November 2023, 6:30 PM