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Many Benefits to Utilizing SIM Gaming in Higher Education

-Submitted by Lloyd McNett, Medical Simulation Director

When considering the current and next generation of learners, it is important to recognize them as digital natives, ones grounded in the use of technology, rather than older generations who have eased into modern technology, commonly referred to as digital immigrants. As such, many younger adults have grown up around gaming systems and online gaming as well. The use and benefits of gaming can be realized in higher education as well.

On Aug. 9, Christi McArthur, Practical Nursing Director, and I attended a web conference hosted by Laerdal Medical regarding their vSim for Nursing product. The application allows for online nursing simulations in a gaming environment across several different aspects of nursing to include assessment, med-surg, OB, pediatrics, etc. Use of the product by students not only reinforces didactic lessons, but would also count toward clinical time if needed, as it is National League of Nursing approved and directly linked to Lippincott nursing textbooks. Going forward, the Practical Nursing and Simulation programs will explore ways were vSim for Nursing may be an option and make a decision on its possible future use.
 
The value of sim gaming has already been realized on campus with simulators such as the MILO Range Use of Force simulator in the Law Enforcement program. If you feel sim gaming could be of use in your program, please email me at Lloyd.McNett@wdt.edu, call 2980, or visit me in the Simulation Center for any assistance.

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