Scenariation: Scenario generation for online teaching in nursing and health sciences

Colleen Smith, David Gillham, Helen McCutcheon, Tahereh Ziaian

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    There are increased opportunities for online delivery innovation within the education sector because of rapid advances in Internet technology. This paper describes a unique and efficient approach to simulation called 'scenariation'. The scenariation project aimed to establish efficient processes for the development of scenariation content and evaluate the use of a specific scenariation nurse education module. Students were presented with video simulating the workplace and then prompted to make clinical decisions such as selecting treatment options. The scenariation approach was implemented with a group of 380 1st-year nursing students and evaluated using multifaceted online evaluation. The results of this qualitative evaluation highlight not just the potential of scenariation but also some of the difficulties associated with online delivery to large and diverse student groups. Students valued the relevance to practice and interactive nature of scenariation, but some reported technical difficulties. The paper concludes by extending the discussion of scenariation to the areas of inter-professional learning and the integration of scenariation with face-to-face high fidelity simulation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)962-972
    Number of pages11
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


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