Introduction and implementation

Introduction to Course 3  – Simulations of ethical issues

You are warmly welcome to join the course Simulations of ethical issues (3 ETCS = 81h), which is a part of a larger international project SimE- Simulation pedagogy in learning ethics in practice in health care.

Course 3 Simulations of ethical issues consists of all together six simulation practices. Two of the simulation cases are in videoformat and four of the cases written scenarios which can be run in simulation environment.  The practices include preliminary exercises before the simulation sessions and afterwards reflective discussions about one’s own ethical sensitivity and competence.  During the course, giving feedback to the peers on their ethical activity will also be practiced. In addition, the learning diary will be written to deepen the reflection of encountering ethical issues.

The coursematerial (prereadingmaterial, instructions, lectures, returning box for learning diary) is suggested to be accomplished as web-based course in chosen platform. In testing the course 3, WordPress –learning environment was used.

The assessment of the course is based on accepted participation in simulations and accepted learning diary (accepted/not accepted).

Learning objectives for the course:

Student is able to

  • recognize ethical dilemmas in different patient care situations, patient groups and in different fields in health care
  • reflectively discuss his/her own ethical sensitivity and competence
  • practice giving feedback on ethical activity for the peers.
  • enhance better quality of care through increased ethical sensitivity and competence
  • in every simulation will be also own specific and more detailed goals

Structure of the course:

  • Introduction to the simulation pedagogy and the course
  • 6 simulation cases ( 4 scenario manuscripts and 2 video cases)
    • prematerial
    • simulation scenario manuscript
    • tips for debriefing session
  • Learning diary for simulation


It is recommendable to plan the course so that there is approximately 12 – 16 students at the same time in the simulation session.

The course starts with the introduction lecture which can be held face-to-face or online. In the introduction lecture the teacher introduces the overall goals, the structure and the timetable of the course and gives some information about the simulation pedagogy and the ethical thinking (videolecture in the materials)

Learning diary is essential part of the course, in order to enhance the reflection of the ethical issues and deepening the ethical  thinking. Students should write learning diary after each simulation session.  In the materials you can find the instructions for the learning diary.

Before each simulation session students should read carefully the prereading material. The teacher (facilitator) can find the written and videoscenarios and some tips for facilitator about the structure of the debriefing in the materials. There is also instructions for the videocases

In the simulation session the manuscript helps the teacher or the facilitator to follow the objectives of the scenario. Especially the non-technical part, ethical aspects are important and shold be focused for.

Example of the timetable of the course

Pictures of the platform used in piloting

Have a fruitful and interesting journey with ethical issues!