MICRO-COURSE SERIES

NEWS ITEM
MICRO-COURSE SERIES
July 24, 2020

Our online micro-course series provides accessible, affordable, just-in-time learning for the new normal in simulation. They may be taken individually or as a complementary package. NOW available asynchronously!

With clinical placement opportunities limited by the pandemic, many schools are emphasizing simulation opportunities for learners to gain essential skills and experiences. Accordingly, educators are adapting their roles - some entering simulation for the first time and others shifting to deliver distance simulations by webconference or to develop virtual simulations / virtual patients.

All courses comprise 4-6 contact hours with leading simulation experts to provide the absolute essential principles and practical techniques for educators from any healthcare or human service field.

Courses are $150 each or take 3 courses for $425 + HST (save $25!) or all 4 for $500 + HST (save $100!). Individual members and employees of our member organizations save an additional 10%.

THE MICRO-COURSES

Practical Fundamentals

Intended for educators undertaking simulation-based teaching, this online micro-course covers the essential and practical foundations of simulation, including key concepts and educational theories, an approach to planning and preparing for your simulations.

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Briefing & Debriefing

Intended for educators new to or with limited experience the simulation healthcare, this online micro-course covers the essential strategies and techniques for briefing learners before a simulation and facilitating a debriefing after a simulation.

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Sim by Webconference - Facilitating Virtually

Learn how to adapt the planning (logistical and technological), briefing, facilitation and debriefing of live simulations for the virtual environment - by webconference or videoconference. Featuring 9 virtual simulation leaders from across Canada.

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Virtual Scenario Design

Virtual patients, or virtual simulation games, are experiential, interactive scenarios that learners can complete independently. Learn how to select an appropriate technology platform, plan and author scenarios, and integrate the virtual experience into a curriculum, including debriefing.

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FAQs

How long are these courses?

Each course involves 4-6 hours of online presentations and interactive discussions with simulation experts. Additional supplementary resources will be made available online for each course.

Why micro-courses?

This is in response to the evolving importance and nature of simulation during the Covid pandemic. With clinical placement opportunities limited by the pandemic, many schools are emphasizing simulation opportunities for learners to gain essential skills and experiences. Educators new to simulation will be facilitating sessions, and experienced simulationists are turning to virtual options - whether live by videoconference or self-guided virtual patients/games - to make experiential learning accessible to students. Similarly, simulationists in clinical settings are trying to make simulation-based professional development and system assessment/improvement accessible to community and rural sites in their region.

Are these courses only for Canadians?

No - we welcome participants from anywhere in the world! Our facilitators are Canadian leaders in simulation but the principles and practices we cover are applicable anywhere.

Are these courses only for healthcare educators?

No! The strategies and techniques included in these courses can be applied to nearly any field of human services. We have welcomed past participants from security, firefighting, social work, early childhood education, developmental services, culinary services, and others.

Are they self-directed modules?

Yes! The series has just finished it's synchronous run, and are now available asynchronously!

What will I receive upon completion of a micro-course?

You will receive an e-certificate of completion and, new to this series, we are introducing micro-course badges. Digital badges demonstrate your achievement of course completion, displayed on the SIMCanada LMS profile and linkable to your personal social networking profile.

What if I have questions about these courses?

Please contact us via [email protected].