Virtual Practicum Support

Virtual Practicum Support

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Content or Technical Questions

If you have questions about the content of the Virtual Practicum, please contact us using the button below. For technical questions, please review the System Requirements and User Guide below.

System Requirements

These are the minimum system requirements for installing the Virtual Practicum on your Mac or PC. If your device does not meet these requirements, you may not be able to install the program.

Windows

OS: Windows 7 (SP1+), Windows 10, and Windows 11

CPU: 64-bit processor

Graphics: DX10 or higher

HDD: 30GB available hard drive space

Pop-ups: Enabled

MacOS

OS: High Sierra (10.13) or higher

CPU: 64-bit processor

Graphics: Metal-capable GPU (Intel and AMD)

HDD: 30GB available hard drive space

Pop-ups: Enabled

User Guide

To launch the program, click on the Start Menu and select “SAMFE Launcher” or simply double-click on the SAMFE Launcher desktop icon.

Screen Settings

The first time you launch the program, you will be asked if you want to use the default screen settings. We recommend clicking “yes.” To update your screen settings at any time after this, select “Overview” and then click “Settings” from the bottom right corner of your screen. From here, you may update your resolution and select a windowed or unwindowed view.

Closed Captions

Closed captions may be turned on or off through the Settings menu. Captions will appear in the top left corner of the screen.

Updates

Anytime an update is available, it will begin downloading as soon as you open the SAMFE Launcher. Some updates may take a long time to load.

Getting Started

Signing into the Program

Following the opening credits screen, you will sign into the Virtual Practicum, so your progress through the program can be saved. Returning users can select their name from the roster on the right side of the login screen to resume their progress.

If you are using the program for the first time, click the “New Student” button and you will be asked to type in your first and last names. Please note: This is the name that will appear on your Certificate of Completion. After you select which profession fits you best, you will be asked to review what you entered. You can edit the information or click “Begin” to start the program.

Linda and Mike from Virtual Practicum Orientation

Orientation

After signing in to the program, hosts Linda Ledray and Mike Weaver will offer you an orientation to the Virtual Practicum. This brief orientation provides an excellent overview of the entire program, with all the different types of learning available to you as a user.

Using the Program

SAMFE Virtual Practicum floor plan

Moving Around the Facility

As indicated on the map, the Virtual Practicum facility includes many different areas, including clinical Rooms A and B, Forensic Laboratory, Courtroom, Bulletin Board, and Learning Resources Room. To get around the facility, move your mouse around the hallways. The cursor will turn into a large arrow, indicating where you will go if you click.

Walking the halls of the Virtual Practicum.

Control Buttons

Throughout the program, these control buttons will appear at the bottom of the screen to help you navigate through training presentations. The “back” button takes you back one step to review material you’ve just covered. The “pause” button temporarily halts a presentation (click “resume” to continue the presentation). The “forward” button skips ahead to the next section of material. However, the amount of skipped material varies, so we recommend using this cautiously.

Navigation icons "Back" "Pause" and "Forward".

Escape Key

Hitting the Escape key [Esc] skips the audio or video that is currently playing. This can be used to skip sections of the program that you’ve already seen or heard, such as the opening credits for returning users. Again, you will want to use this cautiously, because it can cause you to miss vital information or instructions on what to do next.

Overview Button

The “Overview” button is available from almost every screen, appearing in the bottom left corner. Clicking the Overview button takes you to a bird’s-eye view of the entire facility. From there, you can click on a point on the map to go directly to that area. You can also “Go Back” to return to where you were, or you can “Exit Program.”

Exiting the Program

There are three ways to exit the Virtual Practicum, and your progress will be saved regardless of which you choose. When you come back to the Virtual Practicum, you will return to where you left off.

To exit the program:

  • Click the “X” which appears in the top right corner of every screen (in windowed view)
  • Click the “Overview” button, and then click the “Exit Program” button, or
  • Click on the EXIT door in the Reception area of the clinic (see below).
How to Exit the Virtual Practicum.

Tracking Your Progress

The bulletin board mounted outside the waiting room offers several valuable links.

SAMFE Virtual Practicum bulletin board.

Student Progress Reports

If you click on the manila folder, you will see a progress report showing which sections of the Virtual Practicum you have completed.

Virtual Practicum estimated time table.

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion will appear on the Bulletin Board when you have completed certain sections of the Virtual Practicum. Onscreen instructions will guide you through the process of how to download and print your certificate.

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education flyer posted on the Bulletin Board links to a page on the EVAWI website where nurses can purchase 13.5 or 19.5 Continuing Education contact hours for CNE credit. Other professionals may be able to apply for Continuing Education within their own discipline, by submitting a Certificate of Completion and other materials as needed. For more information, click on the “Continuing Education” button below.

Credits and Thanks

Returning to the Bulletin Board, you can click on the blue folder to see the many people and institutions who made the Virtual Practicum possible. You can also click here to view the full list.

Student Feedback

The student feedback flyer links to an online evaluation where you can provide anonymous feedback.

Still have technical questions?