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Mary Dankbaar PhD

program manager e-learning Erasmus University Medical Center


Dr. Mary Dankbaar, is program manager e-learning at the Erasmus University Medical Center. She has a background in educational psychology, with a specialization in technology based learning. Mary obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Sciences from the Erasmus University in 2015 on the effects of serious games and blended learning on performance and motivation in medical education. She has designed and implemented a large number of online and blended programs for medical and non-medical users in companies, hospitals and higher education. She has developed, in close cooperation with health care and game professionals, the award winning serious game ‘abcdeSIM’ for emergency care skills training.


From 2008-2013, she was the chairwomen of the national e-learning working group of the Dutch Association for Medical Education (NVMO) and since 2012 she is a member of the scientific board of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Mary has published several articles on online learning, assessment and simulation based learning,  and was co-writer of a book on knowledge management. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on learning and teaching with technology.


Recent publications include:

  • An experimental study on the effects of a simulation game on students’ clinical cognitive skills and motivation. MEW Dankbaar, J Alsma EH Jansen JJG van Merrienboer, JLCM van Saase, SCE Schuit. Advances in Health Sciences Education, October 2015
  • Assessing the assessment in emergency care training, MEW Dankbaar, K Stegers-Jager, F Baarveld, JJG van Merrienboer, GR Norman, FL Rutten, JLCM van Saase, SCE Schuit. Plos-One December 2014. 18, 2014 DOI: 10.1371.
  • Gaming as a training tool to train cognitive skills in emergency care: how effective is it? Chapter in ‘Games for Health 2014’, Conf. Proc., Springer Okt. ‘14
  • How to systematically assess serious games applied to health care. M Graafland, M Dankbaar, A Mert, J Lagro, L De Wit-Zuurendonk, S Schuit, A Schaafstal, M Schijven. JMIR serious games, 2014, Vol. 2, Issue 2.
  • Technology for learning: how it has changed education. Perspectives on Medical Education, Sept 2014, Vol. 3, Issue 4, Springer.
  • A blended design in acute care training: similar learning results, less training costs compared with a traditional format. MEW Dankbaar, DJ Storm, IC Teeuwen, SCE Schuit, Perspectives on Medical Education, Sept. 2014, Vol. 3, Issue 4, Springer.
  • Computerondersteund samenwerkend leren in het coschap Sociale Geneeskunde, RFM Turk, MEW Dankbaar, EF van Beeck, TMO, Dec. ’09, BSL.
  • De rol van e-learning bij het leren van klinische vaardigheden, M.Dankbaar en J.Lange. Opleiding& Ontwikkeling, ’08.