Simulation Research Primer (Online Interactive Course)

Simulation Research Primer (Online Interactive Course)

Simulation Research Primer is an online interactive course, offered through Simulation Canada's Global Learning Solutions. It is a perfect introduction to the world of research into simulation-based education and healthcare quality improvement. It explores the milieu of simulation research and scholarship, as well as the current state of literature in simulation. Participants will refine their research interests, complete a literature review on a topic of interest, and generate their own research question.  

This course was developed and will be facilitated by leading simulation and healthcare education researchers from a range of backgrounds. It leads into Simulation Research: Practices for Planning a Research Study.

Learning outcomes & benefits

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the research cycle, from conceptualization to knowledge transfer.
  • Review the healthcare simulation literature to identify gaps and the context for a research idea.
  • Explain various models used to evaluate simulations.
  • Generate a researchable question about simulation.


This is a web-based distance learning course. Each week, participants will watch a video-recorded lecture, complete a short homework assignment, and participate in a one-hour live webinar discussion with an expert researcher.

This course will run over nine weeks, for approximately three hours per week (plus participation in a weekly one-hour webinar). 

A high-speed internet connection from a location that does not block web conferencing software is required. A VoIP headset or computer microphone is recommended. This course includes assigned readings form academic journals - digital access to articles through a library is recommended.

Course schedule

All webinars are from 4pm to 5pm ET

  • Welcome
  • Introduction: Research & Simulation
  • Research Questions Part 1
  • Searching for SIM Literature Part 1
  • Searching for SIM Literature Part 2
  • Trends and Gaps
  • Evaluation Framework
  • Integrating SIM Research
  • Research Questions Part 2

*Subject to change

Teaching faculty

  • Ryan Brydges, PhD, St. Michael's Hospital & University of Toronto
  • Karen Halliday, MLIS, Georgian College
  • Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio, RN PhD(c), Lakehead University
  • Walter Tavares, ACP PhD, The Wilson Centre & University of Toronto
  • Tim Willett, MD MMEd, Simulation Canada


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