Simulation Education Terms & Techniques

When utilizing simulation, there are many educational terms and techniques you are able to incorporate. Below you will find a few to consider. 


An information or orientation session held prior to the start of a simulation activity in which instructions or preparatory information is given tot he participants. The purpose of the prebriefing is to set the stage for a scenario, and assist participants in achieving scenario objectives.


An reflective and informative session held following a simulation activity. This encourages participant reflective thinking and provides feedback regarding their performance, while various components of the simulation are discussed.

SMART Feedback

This process is used to help provide structure when giving feedback to a participant. It is captured in the acronym SMART: giving feedback that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based.

Experiential Learning

This form of learning provides learners with a real-world opportunity to develop and practice their knowledge and skills but in a simulated environment.

Hybrid Simulation

This form of simulation modality is characterized by combining multiple types of simulation in one scenario. For example, a standardized patient (SP) and a task trainer paired for IV insertion.


For a complete list of Healthcare Simulation terms and abbreviations, review the Healthcare Simulation Dictionary.