CAE Healthcare: A Community of Practice for Transformative Learning

When CAE Healthcare asked Amanda Wilford, Group Leader for CAE Healthcare Academy- International, to offer her professional and experiential insights into the value of simulation-based education (including webinar and virtual training modalities), she immediately referenced the learning theory of Etienne Wenger and his “communities of practice” learning theory.

… Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact …” (Etienne Wenger, globally recognized thought leader in the field of social learning).

Within the pages of his 1998 treatise, “Communities of Practice, Learning, Meaning and Identity” (Cambridge University Press, 1998) Wenger coined the phrase “communities of practice” to describe a facilitative aspect of learning which suggests that when people come together to share, network, debate, collaborate and communicate they achieve successful personal and professional growth.

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CAE Healthcare Academy: A Pivotal Part of Communities of Practice

“Thinking about ‘communities of practice’ made me realize how the CAE Academy is one such community,” said Ms. Wilford. “The CAE Academy is an expert training community made up of permanent and visiting global faculty, coming from all areas of healthcare, education, and technology.”

The CAE Academy connects with the simulation community to facilitate learning in several meaningful ways — in person, and across virtual modes of learning.

Ways to Benefit from Communities of Practice with CAE Healthcare

For anyone seeking to get the most out communities of practice for healthcare training, Amanda Wilford suggests the following choice options:

1. Sign up for a CAE Healthcare webinar

These synchronous, 90-minute online training courses and webinars bring the learning directly to you via computer or laptop enabling you to save on travel costs, too!

2. Register for an onsite educational session

CAE Healthcare’s “Training for Life” and “Essentials of Simulation” sessions are globally-available, interactive gatherings where attendees can acquire CEUs, gain insights, and build skills to advance simulation programs and, ultimately, improve patient care.

3. Attend CAE HPSN World 2019

In February 2019, HPSN World comes to Orlando, FL. It is a perfectly fantastic way to share training knowledge and network with many members of this dynamic community of practice.

(Read more about HPSN World 2019 here).

Amanda Wilford, Group Leader for CAE Healthcare Academy- International


Wenger, E. (1998) Communities of Practice. Learning, Meaning and Identity. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

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