MediPeda III

New Models for Pedagogy, User-Centred Media Design and Value Creation in the Physical, Virtual and Social Space of Health Care

The aim of the MediPeda III project (1.11.2008–31.10.2010) is to develop pedagogical models, user-centred design methods and a value creation model for simulated and virtual learning environments for health and welfare. An additional aim is to conduct comparative research between simulation centres.

The MediPeda III project continues the work started in the MediPeda I and MediPeda II projects at the University of Lapland ’s Centre for Media Pedagogy in 2007–2008. The MediPeda III project entails transdisciplinary and international research work on education, media science, technology and medical research. The overall aim is to enhance the quality of education services of the public sector by developing content and pedagogy for simulation-based training. This research and development project aims also to enhance the business potential of companies in the health care field by supporting the product development processes of companies.

For this project, the research partners of the Centre for Media Pedagogy are the University of Lapland ’s Faculty of Art and Design and the Stanford University ’s School of Medicine (California , USA ).

The total budget of the MediPeda III project is € 244 130. The project is funded by TEKES (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), together with municipal and business partners, which include Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences, the City of Rovaniemi , the Lapland Hospital District, Medieco Corp., Heat-It and Nordic Simulators. The project belongs to TEKES’ technology program entitled Space 2008–2012. In addition, the project will enhance internationalisation by launching a researcher exchange program between Stanford University and the University of Lapland . The director of the project at the University of Lapland is Heli Ruokamo, Professor of education (specialising in media education) and Director of the Centre for Media Pedagogy. MediPeda is part of the research activities of CICERO Learning Network, Finland,

Additional Information:

Responsibility director, Professor Heli Ruokamo
Tel. +358 40 5879090

Project Manager Saana Korva
Tel. +358 40 484 4169

Tuulikki Keskitalo
(on leave of absence)
Tel. +358 40 352 4432


Conferences and Events 2009 - 2010

August 24–26, 2010
MediPeda Workshop: Teachers' pedagogical trainings, Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences

Visiting lecturer Kyle Harrison from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

June 28–July 2, 2010
World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (Ed-Media), Toronto, Canada

Keskitalo, T., Ruokamo, H. & Väisänen, O.: How does the facilitating, training and learning model support characteristics of meaningful learning in a simulation-based learning environment from facilitators' and students' perspective?
Yliräisänen-Seppänen, P. & Timonen, E.: A Design model as a tool for developing a virtual learning environment

June 1618, 2010
The Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM), University Medical Center, Gröningen, The Netherlands
Keskitalo, T., Ruokamo, H. & Väisänen, O.: Facilitators' and Students' views of teaching and learning in simulation-based learning environment
Yliniemi, P.: Nursing and health care students' experiences of training in "ENVI", a virtual and simulation-based learning environment

April 2123, 2010
The Interactive Technology in Education – conference at Hotel Aulanko, Hämeenlinna
Haukkamaa, J.: Searching for co-creation of value in virtual learning environment of supplementary education service

July 14, 2009
The 14th Biennial Meeting of The International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT), Rovaniemi, Finland
Keskitalo, T. & Ruokamo, H.: Designing a pedagogical model for virtual reality and simulation-based learning environments
Yliniemi, P.:The year one students' learning experiences in the virtual center

June1113, 2009
The Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM), Mainz, Germany
Keskitalo, T.: Students’ Expectations of Teaching, Studying and Learning in Virtual Reality and Simulation-based Learning Environments

April 1218, 2009
The Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA) San Diego, California
Keskitalo, T.: A Starting Point for Designing a Pedagogical Model for the Virtual Learning Environment for Health and Welfare


Haukkamaa, J. (2010). Virtual learning environment design: A study of service design and service-dominant logic frameworks. Teoksessa J. Viteli & A. Östman (toim.) Interaktiivinen tekniikka koulutuksessa 2010 -konferenssin tutkijatapaamisen artikkelit (119-123), Department of Interactive Media, TRIM Research Reports 1.

Keskitalo, T. (2011). Teachers` conceptions and their approaches to teaching in virtual reality and simulation-based learning environment. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 17(1), 131–147. 2.

Keskitalo, T., & Ruokamo, H. (2011). Designing a pedagogical model for virtual reality and simulation-based learning environments of healthcare. In A. Lauriala, R. Rajala, H. Ruokamo & O. Ylitapio-Mäntylä (Eds.), Navigating in educational contexts: Identities and cultures in dialogue (pp. 259-270). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Keskitalo, T., Ruokamo, H. & Väisänen, O. (2010). How Does the Facilitating, Training and Learning Model Support Characteristics of Meaningful Learning in a Simulation-based Learning Environment from Facilitators` and Students` Perspectives? Proceedings of ED-Media 2010: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. June 27 – July 1, 2010, Toronto, Canada (pp. 1736–1746). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Yliniemi, P. (2009). Nursing and Healthcare Students` Experiences of Training in Simulation-based Learning Environment – ENVI. In T. Bastiaens et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (3275–3279), Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Yliräisänen-Seppänen, P. & Timonen, E. (2010). A Design Model as a Tool for Developing a Virtual Learning Environment. Paper presented in the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications 2010.