#IAMSE20 Faculty Development Course Highlight

The 24th Annual IAMSE Meeting will feature a host of new workshops throughout the entire conference. One of our first-time workshops is Designing VR-Enhanced Educational Activities: A Backward Design Approach. This afternoon workshop will be given on Saturday, June 13 and will be led by Yerko Berrocal, Wen Cheng (Mark) Huang, Daniel Salcedo and James Thomas.

Workshop: From Theory to Practice: How to Apply Best Practices to Create Effective Video Microlectures
Time: Saturday, June 13 from 12:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Speakers: Yerko Berrocal – University of Illinois College of Medicine
Wen Cheng (Mark) Huang – Municipal WangFang Hospital, Taipei Medical University
Daniel Salcedo – Taipei Medical University, Center for Education in Medical Simulation
James Thomas – Lecturer

Virtual reality (VR) use for health professions education has been rapidly growing during the past few years. This educational technology offers great potential benefits, including better learner engagement, ability to provide learner-centred adaptive content, with a strong focus on experiential learning.  Unfortunately, there is still a lack of evidence-based best practices in VR-education, and poor implementation strategies can lead to limited educational outcomes and unnecessary costs. Proper design of VR-enhanced educational interventions based on proven educational frameworks with appropriate assessment strategies is essential to take full advantage of this technology. This interactive workshop aims to introduce the principles of backward design for VR-enhanced learning activities to improve educational outcomes and reduce unnecessary costs associated with deficient implementation, through the careful integration of educational objectives and assessment methods. Selecting the right tools for the job is essential in the successful utilization of any educational technology, and gaining the necessary knowledge of how to optimize VR in health professions education is critical to establishing a successful program. This workshop has been successfully conducted in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and this is the first opportunity to hold it in North America.


  • Understanding the full potential of VR as an educational tool
  • Identifying different types of VR tools commonly used in health professions education
  • Understanding the backwards design approach to developing educational activities with VR
  • Analyzing a VR-enhanced educational activity through a case study
  • Identifying common VR implementation errors and their impact on educational outcomes
  • Identifying strategies to improve educational transfer using VR
  • Designing a sample educational intervention using the backward design approach

Additional details about this and our other Faculty Development Workshops, as well as registration information, can be found at http://www.iamseconference.org.