Making the Most of Your Virtual Sim Lab

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With the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, safety is the priority for sim labs everywhere. As a result, the possibility of expanding virtually is quickly gaining traction. Here are some tips for maximizing the potential of a virtual sim lab:

Hybrid Access: On-Site and Remote Access to Live Simulations

Something to keep in mind is that expanding your program virtually doesn’t mean everyone has to participate remotely. You also have the opportunity to enable hybrid participation, with some participants in a computer lab configured for physical distancing, and some in remote locations. This option provides the best of both worlds: remote participants and on-site participants together in the same virtual simulation, with the same instructors.

 

Leverage Your Existing Cases

virtual simulation plan template

Rather than reinventing the wheel, instructors can adapt their existing cases and scenarios for use in their new virtual sim lab. They can work with our Simulation Template to outline the patient, equipment, and environment configuration. 

 

Create New Scenarios

Instructional designers can also work with our expansive content library to develop new scenarios that take advantage of the capabilities of virtual simulation.  

 

Create Pre-Sim Training

In addition to live simulations, instructors can capture 3D recordings of themselves going through a simulation. This is ideal for step-by-step procedures, pre-sim training, and flipped classrooms. This helps make the most efficient use of invaluable lab time, by providing a pre-recorded virtual preview of the scenario. Learners can visit this pre-sim training ahead of time, to help prepare them for hands-on time in the lab.  

 

Live Instruction, Virtually

Instructor expertise is an essential element of education.  While pre-programmed applications bring convenience and automation, they leave out the critically important role of the live instructor.  In addition to automated applications, the ability to create and customize virtual simulation can reduce costs, save instructor time and introduce an engaging and effective learning experience to students.  By adapting existing cases into virtual simulations, they can expand their capabilities, virtually.

 

Start Small

Instructor buy-in is one of the most important aspects of gaining traction with a virtual sim lab. Therefore, starting with a smaller scale implementation enables instructors to see firsthand what is possible before adopting it into their curriculum.  

 

Measure Success

Gathering data about student and faculty satisfaction with the program helps you to make decisions about expanding your program. Even a brief exit survey can shed light on how well it works, as well as areas for improvement.  

 

Conclusion

We will be sharing more tips and tricks in the months ahead, as new implementation strategies and results emerge. If you have any tips to share, please send them to info@acadicus.com.  

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