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Workshop: Embedding Virtual Simulations in an Educational Program

Educators have rapidly adopted virtual simulation – including screen-based simulations, virtual gaming simulations, and extended reality – in recent years. There is now a growing body of research on ways to effectively embed virtual experiences into an educational program to optimize learning.

This workshop is the only one of its kind, created specifically for educators who are using virtual simulations in their teaching. Although this workshop was designed from the perspective of healthcare, the strategies and pedagogy taught in the workshop can be applied to any sector.

Join Canadian educators who are world-leading experts in virtual simulation pedagogy in this focused, 2-part online workshop, where you will connect with peers and experts for coaching to critically examine ways to plan virtual simulations for your learners!

All offerings of this workshop are now full. If you would like to join the waitlist to be notified and attend future workshop dates, please complete the survey by following the button below.

Learning outcomes and benefits

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Plan for the effective integration of a virtual simulation activity into a broader educational program.
  2. Apply simulation pedagogy (including pre-briefing, facilitation, debriefing, and evaluation) in the context of virtual simulations.
  3. Critically appraise ways to enact virtual simulations.

Format & Schedule

This is an interactive workshop consisting of two 2-hour online sessions, offered over the course of 4 weeks. Participants will be asked to do some background reading (using an open-access online textbook) and complete some preparatory work before both of the live workshop sessions. Attendance at both live online sessions is required.

The workshop sessions allow participants to learn tips from expert facilitators, compare their plans with those of peers, and receive feedback from each other.

There will be 3 separate offerings of this workshop. Please see the schedule below. All sessions are from 12pm-2pm EST.

1st Workshop Offering (EN)2nd Workshop Offering (FR)3rd Workshop Offering (EN)
April 3rd
April 17th
Workshop Full
April 4th
April 18th
Workshop Full
May 31st
June 7th
Workshop Full

Additional workshop dates may be offered. Please stay tuned for more!

Eligibility & Cost

This workshop is FREE for all Canadian post-secondary educators, subsidized through the Virtu-WIL project of Colleges & Institutes Canada, funded by the Government of Canada.

When registering for the course, please use your institutional email address so we can confirm your eligibility.

All offerings of this workshop are now full. If you would like to join the waitlist to be notified and attend future workshop dates, please complete the survey HERE.

Course Leads & Developers

Margaret Verkuyl, NP-PHC MN
Professor of Nursing
Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario
Louise-Andrée Brien, RN, MScN, CCSNE
Associate professor
Faculté des sciences infirmières
Université de Montréal
Montréal, Québec
Sandra Goldsworthy, PhD, RN, MSc, CNCC(C), CMSN(C), CCSNE
School of Nursing, Graduate Faculty
Nipissing University
North Bay, Ontario
Manager, Simulation Centre
Georgian College
Barrie, Ontario

Additional Facilitators

  • Margaret Hoang
  • Geneviève Dottini
  • Karine Rolland
  • Paula Mastrilli
  • Stephanie Ayres

About the Virtu-WIL Project

Virtu-WIL is a project led by Colleges and Institutes Canada in collaboration with Simulation Canada that uses virtual simulations to enhance healthcare education. Educators across the country have access to over 130 virtual simulations designed to give students in nursing, medical laboratory sciences, and paramedicine innovative hands-on learning experiences and to acquire practical competencies. All simulations are free for Canadian educators and students, and many are accessible globally. Access the collection.

The Virtu-WIL project was funded by the Government of Canada. Learn more about Virtu-WIL.



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