The pandemic has shown the importance of well-designed Digital Learning and Teaching (DLT). Many of the current applications and implementations have weaknesses. The role of the teaching organisations, as well as the needs of lecturers and students are not well understood nor well met. In this project we aim at understanding keyplayers needs and implementing specific solutions, while invesitgating their effectivity. In order to keep up the current disruptive DLT development, DLT needs a conceptual framework.


We address the following overall research question: How can medical schools effectively support lecturers and students with DLT?
Study I: We aim at exploring how requirements and needs are aligned between the key players in Swiss medical schools, to set the stage for future developments.
Study II: We investigate the impact of students’ simulated patient encounters with video vs. face-to-face on perceived ‘social presence’, acceptance and performance.
Study III: Various means to support individual learning for students in a DLT context will be investigated.


SNF Project

Project Team

Team IML:
Dr. med. Artemisa Gogollari (PhD-candidate)
Dr. med. Kai Schnabel, MME (Co-Project applicant)
Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Sören Huwendiek, MME (Project partner)
Dr. phil. Felix Schmitz (Scientific collaborator)
Prof. Dr. phil. Sissel Guttormsen (Main applicant)

Project partners: 
Dr. med. Christian Schirlo, MME (Uni Luzern), Dr. med. Dr. sc. Stefan Gysin (Uni Luzern), Dr. rer. biol. hum. Daniel Tolks (LMU), Sören Huwendiek (IML)

Project Information

Project period: 2021 - 2025

Prof. Dr. phil. Sissel Guttormsen Schär Director IML

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