Simulations as Mental Tools for Network-Based Group Learning

  • Miika Lehtonen
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 167)


The article presents pedagogical and technological applications developed and studied as part of the research project ‘Web-supported Mental Tools in Technology Education’ at the University of Lapland. The applications allow simulation tools, modern network-based solutions that support learning, and other mental tools, as well as traditional and modern digital learning materials, to be smoothly integrated into normal teaching-studying-learning activity. For example, efforts have been made make use of edutainment as part of the nature of tools and materials and game-like interactivity to enhance the learning process. The broader framework for the model of learning activity that is being developed and studied in the project centers on the question how and through which learning activity (learning process) study and learning in the field of electric technology and electronics (technical work and technology education) can be organized to take into account the challenges posed by the post-industrial information society.

Key words

Distance Learning Games Learning Models Research Simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miika Lehtonen
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  1. 1.University of LaplandLaplandFinland

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