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Interaction and learning in simulation-based environments

Research project

Short description

Three related projects are carried out on simulations with a common interest in how professional performance can be trained and assessed in simulation environments. In this regard, the projects connect to longstanding pedagogical debates on the character of knowledge in action as well as recent research on how professional knowledge develops in and through observable interaction.

About the projects

The first project, Video-assisted debriefings in simulation-based team training is carried out in collaboration between Simulator Centre West in Region Västra Götaland and two faculties at University of Gothenburg: Sahlgrenska Academy and Faculty of Education. Like many other technology intense work settings where people’s safety depends on the concerted and timely actions of several team members, the use of simulations in the training of health care professionals has a long tradition. In such contexts, the use of video recordings of scenarios as grounds for feedback is widespread. This project explores how video features in the practice of debriefing of simulation scenarios as a means for reflection. From January 2013 the project is part of a larger one Interprofessional learning in simulation training for the health care professions funded by the Swedish Research Council (2013-2017), which is a collaboration between Linköping University, Karolinska Institute, and University of Gothenburg.

The second project, Training skills and assessing performance in simulation-based learning environments is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University of Technology and the Faculty of Education at University of Gothenburg. The research is connected to the maritime simulator centre that has been built at Chalmers Lindholmen together with Swedish maritime administration. The aim of the project is to investigate the use of advanced simulations in the training and assessment of complex professional performance. The project is co-funded by LETStudio, LinCS, the Department of Education, Communication and Learning and the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University of Technology.

The third project, Learning in virtual healthcare environments: visualisation, virtual patients and full-scale simulation, aims to generate and integrate knowledge of how IT can support interprofessional learning across different virtual environments within healthcare education and practice. This is carried out by designing and analysing learning environments intended to promote collaborative problem-solving and interprofessional learning. The ambition is to investigate how the empirical findings from the project be can be integrated in undergraduate curricula and continuing education. From 2017 the project is funded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, and is carried out in collaboration between Linköping University, Karolinska Institute, and University of Gothenburg.