Instructional Science

, Volume 40, Issue 5, pp 849–855 | Cite as


  • Sten Ludvigsen

This Special issue on learning in the medical domain addresses how digital tools influence and affect medical students’ knowledge. In the introduction, the editors, Helle and Säljö, call for a reformulated research agenda. This research agenda would emphasize basic learning mechanisms based on the study of tasks performed using specific digital tools. In the medicine field, learning with digital tools is at the core of professional practice. Digital tools produce representations of processes in the human body that can be interpreted and acted upon. In such a research agenda, both learning processes and outcomes should be identified. The special issue is both highly needed and timely, as different types of technologies increase in importance in medical education and in medical practices (Keating and Cambrosio 2003). I think that these new foci are needed in order to advance our theoretical and practical understanding of how students and professionals can learn in the field of medical...


Medical Student Simulation Environment Instructional Setting Future Learning Digital Tool 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.InterMedia, University of OsloOsloNorway

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