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Simulation Setup Guide

Acadicus provides lots of options for using virtual simulation in nursing education.  This post will cover step-by-step instructions for some of the most common use cases.

Acadicus Pro Space includes 6 hours of training, which can be used to help get started with your simulation.  

Access Options

Simulations can be conducted using one or more of the following access options, and can be joined from any location.  For example, instructors and students can be in different locations, participating in the same live simulation. 

VR

Simulations can be accessed in immersive virtual reality using an Oculus Rift, or Oculus Quest connected to a compatible PC.  More information about VR technical requirements can be found here (link). 

Non-VR

No VR headset?  No problem.  Accessed simulations with non-VR windows PC.  More information about VR technical requirements can be found here (link). 

Video Conference

A window into Non-VR mode of Acadicus can be shared to video conferencing solutions like Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams and more.  

Classroom

Similar to sharing via video conference, a non-VR window into an Acadicus simulation can be projected in a classroom.  This enables larger groups to witness a simulation, and also allows for debriefing via 3D recorded simulations.

User Roles

Users generally fall into the following roles.

Instructor

Instructors have lots of options for conducting virtual simulations in Acadicus.  They can record 3D demonstrations, or host live multiplayer  simulations.  They can use the Simulation Manager to manipulate the scene in realtime, or they can become the voice of the patient.

Learner

Learner access to Acadicus is as simple as it gets.  With intuitive controls and minimal menu systems to learn, they’re able to begin engaging in simulations quickly and easily. 

Technician (optional)

Similar to traditional mannequin based simulation, a sim tech can play an important role in managing live simulations.  They can learn the Scene Editing Tools to customize simulations or use the Simulation Manager to support live instructor-led training.  

Standardized Patient (optional)

During live multiplayer simulations, a remote or on-site user can play the role of a virtual Standardized Patient (vSP), becoming their voice and optionally using the Simulation Manager to animate the patient in realtime. 

Define and Implement Your Simulation

What are your learning objectives?  Which environment, equipment and characters are needed?  During this stage, you will be defining your simulation, and determining whether you can work with existing content, or if you will require custom content.  

Sim Plan Template

Work with our template, or create your own Sim Plan.  This document will help determine specifics of how you intend to make use of virtual simulation to accomplish your objectives.  

Use Existing Content

Upon review of your Sim Plan, we will determine whether existing content is available.  If so, the content can be imported into your Acadicus Pro Space, and configured using the Scene Editing Tools.   

Sponsor Custom Content (optional)

Assets can be developed with varying degrees of interactivity with the goal of eventually achieving parity with real world equivalents.   

Rehearsal 

Before opening your simulation to learners, it is important to rehearse and quality check your simulation to ensure everything is working properly.  This is best done with outsiders not yet familiar with Acadicus, to gain a fresh perspective and ensure the simulation is intuitive and fully functional. 

Simulation Day

With your simulation and implementation designed, and rehearsal complete, you’re ready to active your simulation with learners!  You might consider taking photos or videos, and ask learners to complete brief surveys to gauge the simulation’s effectiveness.   

Debrief

After your simulation is complete, it is important to conduct a debriefing assessment.  This can be together with learners, watching a 3D recording of their simulation, but it can also be held with instructors and technicians to help gain a better understanding of how the simulation can be improved or refined.    

Conclusion

While the process described above may seem overwhelming at first, it is sure to get easier over time.  As instructors and learners gain familiarity with the newfound capabilities of virtual simulation, you gain access to a whole new world of opportunities never before possible.  Simulation can be conducted remotely, demonstrations can be recorded in 3D, and you can work with any environment or content you can imagine.  What will you simulate next?    

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