Track: Education: quality improvement; best practice; curricular changes; student outcomes; and/or innovative projects educators use with any type of learners
Crack the code: A cost-effective way to bring simulation into the classroom
Simulation-based learning experience is any structured experience that actively allows participants to enhance their knowledge, skills, and attitudes (AHRQ, 2016). Active learning in the classroom setting has been shown to help bridge the gap between nursing theory and application of nursing-practice. Traditional high-fidelity simulation-based education can be expensive and needs allotted time from faculty trained in simulation methodologies. Challenges in the university settings continue as enrollment increases, budgets get limited, and faculty shortage continues (Carson & Harder, 2016). This project discovered how to bring a cost-effective simulation-based learning experience into the classroom using Google Forms. The INACSL Standard of Best Practice: Facilitation was used to bring structure to the simulation-based learning experience into the classroom. Pre-briefing helped set the stage for the “escape room” scenario. Students divided into small groups to complete the critical thinking questions. If they “cracked the code” they would move on to another set of questions, if not, they were stuck in the scenario until they achieved the appropriate knowledge base. Debriefing helped students to engage in reflective learning from the escape room scenario. Students feedback in debriefing was favorable in the ability to work in groups and have an interactive approach to what they learned that day in theory. Students enjoyed having the peer-learning opportunity while putting a fun challenge in the simulation-based learning experience.
Utilize the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Facilitation to create cost-effective simulation-based learning experience in the classroom.
Discuss the importance of simulation-based learning experience in the classroom to bridge the gap of theory and application of nursing-practice.
Explore the use of Google Forms to engage students in a simulation-based learning experience.