WCHSE 2019 Conference

Growing Creative Teaching Practices

WCHSE is pleased to announce our annual conference will be held at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC on May 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2019. This conference is an amazing opportunity to connect with health sciences educators from multiple disciplines. The theme for this year’s event is “Growing Creative Teaching Practices” and will focus on inter professional teaching and learning opportunities.

Preceding the conference on Tuesday  May 21st and Wednesday May 22nd, will be a pre-conference workshop. This 2-day workshop immerses faculty in the process of developing a virtual simulation game (VSG). Participants will develop learning outcomes, create game decision points and rationale, write a filming script, film video game clips using a Go-Pro camera and iPhone, and learn about assembling a game using the CAN-Sim VSG template which uses Articulate software. Participants will have access to the final assembled game created during the workshop. Participation in this workshop is limited to 30 people.

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Conference Accommodation:

For accommodation booking, use group booking code WCHSE.

UBCO Conference Accommodation: $59-189/night https://reserve.ubcconferences.com/okanagan/availability.asp

Four Points Sheraton: $139/night Group booking link




Key note Speakers

Peter Newbury, Ph.D.
Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning and
Senior Advisor for Learning Initiatives, Office of the Provost and Vice Principal

After graduating with a Ph.D. in math from UBC, Peter taught math and astronomy in the Lower Mainland before returning to the UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2008 as a Science Education Specialist for the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative. In 2012, he joined the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Teaching Development and helped it grow from a small center for teaching assistants to the campus-wide Teaching + Learning Commons supporting all educators.  At UBC Okanagan since 2016, he and his team in the Centre for Teaching and Learning promote, inspire, and support excellence, leadership, scholarship, and technologies in teaching and learning for all those teach. You can read his blog at peternewbury.org and follow him on Twitter at @polarisdotca.

Dr. Marian Luctkar-Flude graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1986 (BScN) and 2007 (MScN) and Queen’s University in 2016 (PhD). She has over 20 years experience in medical-surgical nursing and over 18 years as an educator and researcher. Dr. Luctkar-Flude is now an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University School of Nursing and Co-President of the Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators using Simulation (CAN-Sim). She has extensive experience with high-fidelity patient simulation, interprofessional education and online learning. Her current program of research focuses on virtual simulation game design, presimulation preparation approaches, and faculty development. She develops and teaches simulation courses for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, Simulation Canada, and the Ontario Simulation Alliance, and delivers virtual simulation game design workshops through CAN-Sim. Dr. Luctkar-Flude was the 2016 recipient of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Excellence in research award in recognition of her innovative research and leadership in the field of clinical simulation.

Twitter: @marianlflude

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marian-luctkar-flude-1201642a/

CAN-Sim: http://can-sim.ca/

Queen’s University: https://nursing.queensu.ca/luctkar-flude

Dr. Jane Tyerman is a Professor at the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing. She has over 25 years of experience in acute care clinical practice and 15 years academic BScN and graduate level teaching experience. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Nursing from Athabasca University, and both her Master of Science and PhD from Queens University. Dr. Tyerman has diverse experience in both nursing and interprofessional simulation curriculum and research initiatives. She continues to collaborate with the Queen’s School of Nursing and School of Medicine to deliver IPE simulation courses. She is co-president of the national Canadian Alliance of Nursing educators using Simulation (CAN-sim) which serves as a platform for simulation collaboration among health educators. She was part of the development team for the CASN Canadian Simulation Nurse Educator Certification (CCSNE) program and currently teaches two modules within the program. Dr. Tyerman has a strong simulation-based research portfolio with various publications and presentation focusing on nursing simulation design, development, curriculum implementation, and now virtual simulation games. Dr, Tyerman is the current editor of Recent Advances in Technologies for Inclusive Well-Being, a virtual simulation based that will be available in 2020. She is well-regarded in terms of simulation expertise, collaboration and visionary leadership among the simulation community.

Trent University: https://www.trentu.ca/nursing/faculty-research

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jane-tyerman-rn-mscn-phd-24a84467/

CAN-Sim: www.can-sim.ca

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/can-sim-458602164/

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May 21-22 2019 : Pre-conference

Optional pre-conference workshop on gaming and virtual simulation (limited to 30 attendees)

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May  23-24 2019 : Main conference

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May 23rd Keynote: Dr. Peter Newbury

There and Back Again with Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is at the heart of health science education. Students engage in authentic, hands-on tasks and the post-activity debriefing is just as important as the high-fidelity simulations. Clearly it works. But why- what’s the foundation on which these lessons are built? We’ll follow the path from experiential learning to the underlying evidence about teaching and learning and then back again, this time flying the “evidence-based instructional strategy” flag.

May 24th Keynote: Dr. Marian Luctkar-Flude and Dr. Jane Tyerman

Creating and Using Virtual Simulation Games

Dr. Marian Luctkar-Flude and Dr. Jane Tyerman will describe their simulation journey from high-fidelity simulation to their current use of virtual simulation in health professional education. The focus will be on an innovative, cost-effective, user friendly process that they have developed to create virtual simulation games for nursing and interprofessional education. The presentation will highlight games that are currently available through the Virtual Simulation Community of learning and the Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators using Simulation websites, and share a glimpse of new virtual simulation games and modules under development. The presentation will also share the games that were created in the 2-day WCHSE pre-conference workshop led by the presenters. 

For accommodation booking, use group booking code WCHSE.

UBCO Conference Accommodation: $59-189/night https://reserve.ubcconferences.com/okanagan/availability.asp

Four Points Sheraton: $139/night Group booking link


UBC Okanagan is growing!

Please be advised that during the dates of the conference we are expecting two construction projects to be underway – The construction of a 250 room Residence Building will be located at the end of International Mews Road beside Nicola and adjacent to Purcell Residence Buildings.  Additionally, a second building with a 500 seat dining hall, 250 bed residence and administrative offices will also be underway by the University Centre Building.    We anticipate openings for 2020 and 2021.  

If you are staying with us during the work week, you can expect to hear some general noise from heavy equipment and construction.    Typical work hours begin at 7:00 am and end time around 5:00 pm. We do not anticipate site work to continue over the weekend or stat holidays but may expect work commencing on the occasional weekend.

We do have accommodations at our Monashee suites, Cascade Apartments and single rooms in Cassiar buildings, which are located in a different area of the campus and will not be affected by construction.

Please refer to the campus map for construction zones.  Guest parking will be available in Lot G, Lot R and available spaces within the residence community.   It is not advisable to park in Lot F.

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