Scenario Design for Simulation-based Education (online)

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Simulation-based education provides learners with an opportunity to develop clinical knowledge and skills in context. Creating immersive scenarios enables learners to integrate components of clinical practice learnt in isolation, develop practices for teamwork and inter-professional collaboration, and connect sequences of patient care. With careful design considerations, scenario-based learning can promote learner engagement, including the representation of multiple stakeholder voices including patients and carers.

Discover how to create immersive learning experiences using simulation during this 6 week online course, taught by leading expert in simulation education, Professor Debra Nestel. You’ll develop the professional skills to design and implement scenario-based simulations within your workplace.

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Who should attend

This course is designed for anyone interested in using simulation as an educational method, particularly health and social care professionals and those involved in their training and education. It is especially relevant to those supporting immersive simulations that focus on the development of teamwork and professional communication skills.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss considerations of educational design in scenario-based learning.
  • Describe the concept of immersion to achieve learning.
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of templates in scenario design.
  • Describe sources of inspiration for scenarios.
  • Discuss strategies for achieving multiple perspectives in scenarios.
  • Demonstrate effective scenario design

Accelerate your qualification

Eligible participants who complete the assessed version of this short course can receive 6 credit points towards the M4008 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation.

Learn more at our Health Professions Education and Simulation courses page.


Course Director

Professor Debra Nestel


Professor of Healthcare Simulation in Education

Prof Nestel completed her first degree at Monash and has since lived and worked in Hong Kong, London, and now back in Melbourne. Debra leads a national programme in simulation education, a network in simulated patient methodology, and is Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation, the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine. Debra leads the new Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation.

When Prof Nestel is not at Monash, she is busy being a Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. In this role, she is Course Director of the Graduate Programs in Surgical Education, co-badged degrees with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She is also Course Director of Graduate Programs in Surgical Science.

Prof Nestel is passionate about research and writing; she has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, published edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2018), and has two edited books for publication in 2019, on surgical education and healthcare simulation research. She has won many awards and prizes for her work in simulation.

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Dr Ramesh (Ram) Mark Nataraja

BSc (Hons), MBBS (London), GCCS (Hons), FRCSEd (Paeds.Surg), GDipSurgEd, FFSTEd, FRACS(Paeds)

Director of Surgical Simulation

Ram is a dual-trained (UK & Australia) General Paediatric Surgeon working at Monash Children’s Hospital. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University and coordinates paediatric simulation-based educational activities at MCH in his role as the Director of Surgical Simulation and Co-Chair of the Simulation Service. He has been a pioneer in both minimally invasive surgery in children and surgical simulation for many years having designed the first validated paediatric surgical bench trainer model in 2002 at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He has an educational and clinical research background with 47 peer reviewed publications, 65 international conference presentations, 2 textbooks published by Wiley-Blackwell and 8 book chapters. He is also passionate about educational reform in Low- and Middle-Income countries having been the Monash Children’s Hospital International country lead for Myanmar, successful conducting a simulation-based medical education programme for the last 4 years with his local in country colleagues. This work also has led as temporary advisor to the World Health Organisation, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

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