Institutt for biovitenskap (BIO)

Simulations and professional learning: Virtual experiences and access to expertise

University Pedagogy and bioCEED invites you to an open seminar with senior researcher Roger Säljö from Department of Education, Communication and Learning at the University of Gothenburg.

Currently, many professional practices are characterized by rapid transformation. Factors such as the expansion of knowledge, digitalization and new professional responsibilities result in increasing expectations on training and in-service training. The use of simulations offers interesting avenues of accessing and training professional skills that concern diverse activities such as practical and analytical skills, inter-professional collaboration and so on. In the seminar examples will be taken from dental education, navigation at sea and medical emergency settings.

It is argued that simulations and visualizations create opportunities for learning in which students are involved in situations that approximate future professional contexts, and where they learn both skills at the core of their own profession, and the characteristics of the contexts where those skills apply.

Thus, they learn to contribute to work organized in teams, but they also have opportunities to draw general conclusions and connect to theoretical principles. Such simulations and visualizations also provide opportunities for engaging in reflection-on-action in iterative manners.