The Can-Sim Virtual Simulation Games are an online resource that can be used as either presimulation preparation, stand-alone games, or as a teaching resource in or outside of the classroom. According to The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards of Best Simulation Practice (2016), debriefing is a critical aspect of the simulation experience. Debriefing after simulation provides the opportunity for self-assessment and peer evaluation by giving feedback to others. Therefore, it is important that after any simulation, a debriefing should take place.
Options for debriefing a virtual simulation game debriefing include:
- Embedded feedback debrief: CAN-Sim Virtual Simulation Games (VSG) are designed to provide the player with immediate feedback to selected responses in the form of an Embedded Debrief. Aligned with the game’s learning outcomes, the player is required to answer a series of multiple-choice clinical decisions key points during the game. Upon selecting a response, the player will be shown a video clip portraying the outcome of their chosen response with a written rationale on why their decision was either correct or incorrect. Correct responses will advance the game to the next video and corresponding decision point.
- Self-debrief: Use the provided game-specific Learning Outcomes Assessment Rubric to reflect on perceived self-competence specific to game learning outcomes. It is recommended that completion of the Learning Outcomes Assessment Rubric should be done before and after playing the virtual simulation game. Using the Learning Outcomes Assessment Rubric, reflect on areas of perceived competence and areas needing further improvement. We have provided suggested reading resources to support further learning.
- In-person debrief: This form of debriefing involves a traditional face-to-face debrief with a facilitator. This debrief can be performed in the classroom or lab setting.
- Synchronous online debrief: This involves an online debrief immediately following gameplay guided by a simulation facilitator using a video-conference software (ie. Zoom, Adobe Connect). Similar to an In-person Debrief, the synchronous online debrief uses an online platform.
- Asynchronous online debrief – This asynchronous involves a debrief using a discussion board platform where participants post responses to reflective debriefing questions. Other participants and facilitators then respond to reflective postings.