Innovations in Simulation| Volume 32, P8-12, July 2019

Designing Virtual Gaming Simulations


      • Technology is providing a medium for virtual clinical experiences.
      • A team of developers of virtual gaming simulation share their insights.
      • There are ways to reduce the costs when making virtual simulations.
      • With specific resources, virtual simulations can be developed by nursing educators.


      Experiential learning is an important component of nursing education. Coupled with the limited opportunities to practice clinical skills in specialty areas and the pedagogical possibilities of virtual environments, our team started producing virtual gaming simulations. They incorporate an innovative pedagogical approach to simulation based on a branching scenario format. In this article, we share our experience in creating virtual gaming simulations with the aim to inspire other educators to engage in this technology-enabled, learning modality designed to enhance experiential learning among nursing students.


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