#IAMSE21 Faculty Development Session Spotlight: Designing VR-Enhanced Educational Activities

The 25th Annual IAMSE Meeting will feature a host of new sessions throughout the entire conference. One of our first-time workshops is Designing VR-Enhanced Educational Activities: A Backward Design Approach. This half-day faculty development course will be given on Saturday, June 12 and will be led by Yerko Berrocal and team.

Designing VR-Enhanced Educational Activities: A Backward Design Approach
Presenters:Yerko Berrocal – University of Illinois Peoria
Andrew Darr – University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria
Mark Huang – Municipal WangFang Hospital, Taipei Medical University
Thomas Lin – Center for Education in Medical Simulation, Taipei Medical University
Daniel Salcedo – Taipei Medical University, Center for Education in Medical Simulation
James Thomas – Keio University School of Medicine
Date and Time: Saturday, June 12, 2021, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT  

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.

For more information on full- and half-day faculty development sessions, and to register for the 25th Annual IAMSE Meeting, please visit www.IAMSEconference.org.