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Evaluation and Assessment Deeper Dive: Creating a systematic plan for success

Overview of Course

This course will focus on the application of simulation evaluation and assessment concepts. 

During the asynchronous preparatory work learners will review the following: the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice for simulation evaluation and assessment; evaluation and assessment tools for faculty, simulation-based experiences, learners, and simulation programs; and various resources to facilitate understanding of concepts discussed during the synchronous session. 

During the online synchronous session, learners will work in groups to: utilize evaluation methods for faculty, simulation-based experiences, learners, and simulation programs; discuss measurement validity, reliability, bias and generalizability of tools; determine an approach for evaluating psychomotor skills competency; and develop evaluation data analysis application plans 

Are you a simulation novice?  We recommend you start with the Foundation Courses to build a strong portfolio in simulation education best practices.  It is recommended that participants have prior foundational knowledge and experience with simulation pedagogy before enrolling in the Deeper Dive Courses.


Course Objectives: 

By the end of the session, participants will: 

1. Distinguish between formative, summative and high stakes evaluation and assessment methodologies as applied to simulation. 

2. Apply an appropriate evaluation and assessment method for faculty, simulation-based experiences, learners/participants, and/or a simulation program. 

Benefits of SIRC Courses

The National League for Nursing (NLN) Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) presents a series of reimagined, virtual courses designed to offer professional development in simulation education. This course has been designed as a virtual, synchronous experience, with expert simulation educator facilitation. Approximately 1 hour of preparatory work may be required prior to attending the synchronous session. Course-related content will be accessible for 3 weeks. Nursing education continues to evolve to meet the challenges learners face when developing their thinking skills and translating them into action, within the context of patient care. Simulation-based education consists of a wide collection of teaching strategies, underpinned by theory and evidence, that aim to support learners in their emergence as competent and caring clinicians. Developing, implementing and evaluating immersive and evidence-based simulation experiences for learners require that nurse educators develop a highly specialized skill set in the art and science of dialogue, teaching pedagogy and psychological safety.

How it works

  • Instruction

    One asynchronous module and one synchronous Zoom session

  • Access

    Content will be accessible for 3 weeks

  • CEU

    5 Contact Hours / 0.5 CEU's

  • Timing

    Session offered quarterly on Tuesday evenings from 4:00PM - 8:30PM Eastern

  • Course Length

    5 hours; 1 hour preparatory work and 4 hours synchronous learning.

  • Cost




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