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Keeping it Real: Exploring Simulation Fidelity through Case Discussions webinar

Simulation fidelity recording

To support student engagement, simulation-based learning experiences attempt to approximate clinical reality as closely as possible. However, achieving a high level of realism can be expensive and difficult. Research in simulation suggests that realism is a multidimensional concept that has varied application based on learning objectives.

This session defines fidelity and the types of simulation fidelity. Through a case-based approach, fidelity principles will be applied to activities with varied learning objectives.

Target audience

Physical therapy educators and academic faculty who are interested in simulation-based learning; program chairs who are implanting simulation-based learning experiences in their curricula.


0.10 - available post-webinar following the completion of an assessment through APTA's Learning Center


$20 for ACAPT members and $30 for non-members

All faculty members and clinical affiliates of a member institution can use ACAPT member benefits and set up their free account at members.acapt.org to receive the member rate for webinars.  (When you create your account, ACAPT will review and approve if you qualify for the ACAPT member rate.) 

The webinar took place on November 10, 2022

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define the types of simulation fidelity: physical, conceptual, and emotional (or psychological).
  • Contrast fidelity priorities based on the learning objectives of the experience.
  • Describe the importance of establishing the ‘fiction contract’ between learners and instructors that explicitly acknowledges the fidelity of the experience.

    Related resources


    • Carla Sabus, PT, PhD, Tufts University
    • Kelly Macauley, PT, DPT, EdD, CSHE, CCS, GCS, Rasmussen University
    • Jason Rucker, PT, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
    • Susan Miale, PT, DPT, EdD, Stony Brook University

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