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Tjitske Faber PhD candidate

Technology-enhanced instructional design

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My research focuses on using games in medical education. Students are at the beginning of their career and have a lot to learn. Emergency medicine is a vital branch of medicine that leaves little room for trial-and-error learning. Simulation and games offer a safe practice environment. However, it is important that students are supported in the right ways while using these learning environments. Too little is known on how to translate instructional support to game environments. That is what I am working on!

We have found that students who regularly use a checklist to keep track of their progress, perform better compared to students who do not use a checklist. Interestingly, students who work really systematically do not benefit as much from using the checklist. This supports our idea that you have to keep the individual learner in mind while designing support in game-based learning environments.

I have seen many people struggle in educational settings. By understanding the way people learn, I hope to get into a position where I can help others reach their potential and improve educational systems. My experience as a clinician and educator puts me in a unique position where I can understand the arguments and limits of both sides.

Game-based learning, simulation training andĀ self-regulated learning.