Healthcare Training Advantages of Virtual Learning Environments

| Roxanne Blanford

Virtual learning in simulation-based healthcare training offers medical educators and learners a tremendous opportunity to train, practice and develop clinical skills proficiency without risk to patients.

However, for this new educational paradigm to succeed, leaders in education must begin to lend their full support to the integration of technological innovation within training programs. 

Virtual Learning in the Age of Simulation

Virtual simulation technologies (augmented reality, or AR, mixed reality, blended reality, virtual reality, or VR) offer a range of unique opportunities for healthcare educators and training facilitators to deepen knowledge and strengthen patient care skills. Studies generally propound the effectiveness of training through augmented and virtual reality settings for improving healthcare competency due to the transference of knowledge to the clinical setting.

Educators who adopt virtual learning environments (VLEs) as a part of a curriculum are able to facilitate the enhancement of technical and non-technical skills attainment. AR simulators, for example, can shorten the learning curve and help students to better comprehend spatial relationships.


Teachers, instructors, and training facilitators need to be aware of the many advantages that VLEs have to offer, including:

  • Convenient, on-demand, and repeated reproduction of training scenarios that conserve material resources
  • Realistic procedural practice; psychomotor skills development; risk-free learning
  • Performance of assessments and evaluations in multiple learning domains, simultaneously and/or remotely 
  • Unrestricted by geographical limitations, virtual learning environments allow learning to occur outside of a skills lab or classroom (i.e., via web-enabled/screen-based simulation training platforms

Medical training technology will positively transform healthcare. The benefits of technology in training can only be truly realized with the input of informed, guided instruction within expertly-constructed curriculum that utilizes the most innovative and advanced education resources available.

Get in touch with CAE Healthcare. Learn more about the integration of innovative, simulation training technology and medical education. Discover for yourself how simulation empowers better skills training, enhances patient safety and improves outcomes.

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Scalese, R. J., Obeso, V. T., & Issenberg, S. B. (2008). Simulation Technology for Skills Training and Competency Assessment in Medical Education. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 23(Suppl 1), 46–49. 
Zhu, E., Hadadgar, A., Masiello, I., & Zary, N. (2014). Augmented reality in healthcare education: an integrative review. PeerJ, 2, e469

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