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Simsplainer: Experiential Training
Simsplainer: Experiential Training
This blog series will give layperson primers for different terms you will see used in the VR simulation space. This week: what do we mean by ‘experiential training’?

Experiential training, the educational method where learners gain knowledge through hands-on experiences pioneered by David A. Kolb, has long been a cornerstone of medical education. Unlike the textbook-centred approach, experiential training revolves around ‘learning by doing.’ It’s about engaging directly with the material, reflecting on experiences, and drawing insights that can be applied in real life. It’s how we naturally learn, and it’s a powerful way to grasp complex concepts and build practical skills. It moves away from theoretical learning, focusing more on practical application, a beneficial trait for healthcare professionals who deal with a myriad of situations in their daily practice.

By combining experiential design with VR technology, we can simulate real-world clinical situations in a safe and controlled manner. Not only does this technology make the learning process more engaging, but it also integrates a crucial element of experiential learning, where learners gain knowledge through hands-on experience.

i3 Simulations offer various VR programs tailored for experiential learning. Take SimGym, for instance. In this program, you’re immersed in various emergency scenarios, requiring you to act as the lead physician and make critical decisions. Every choice you make changes the course of the scenario, replicating the unpredictability of real-world emergencies.

image of medical training in simgym, a real-world clinical simulation in VR

Benefits of Virtual Reality Clinical Simulations for Experiential Healthcare Learning

Immersive virtual reality (VR) clinical simulations offer numerous benefits for experiential learning in healthcare education. VR simulations promote critical thinking and decision-making by immersing learners in realistic patient scenarios.

VR provides a safe environment to practice medical procedures, make mistakes, and learn without any risk to real patients. This allows for effective skills acquisition through hands-on learning.

VR accommodates different learning styles and paces. The interactive simulations foster personalized, engaging experiential learning.

In summary, VR clinical training solutions bridge the gap between medical theory and practical application. The simulations create a realistic yet controlled learning environment. This allows healthcare students to gain clinical experience and practice skills through immersive, experiential VR training.

To find out more about our work and research, get in touch or check out the rest of the Simplainer series.



TJ Matthews

Research Manager at i3 Simulations, an immersive solutions company specialising in healthcare training using cutting-edge XR technology.

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