Simulation-based learning and digital tools. A trial for Pharmacy Services


  • Fabrizio Bracco University of Genova (Italy)
  • Maria Carola Morozzo della Rocca University of Genova (Italy)
  • Federica Delprino University of Genova (Italy)
  • Silvia Pregaglia



cognitive ergonomics, interaction design, phygital, simulation, pharmacy services


This paper focuses, amidst a collective desire to re-appropriate sociality and a focus on the use of digital and ‘phygital’ practices to promote inclusion and diminish the human impact on the planet, on the choice of hybrid, physical or virtual modes of interaction as a function of punctual rather than generalised needs to foster a conscious and sustained digital transition in university education. The essay deals with the simulation method as an established tool in learning medical disciplines, declining it in an unprecedented scenario such as pharmaceuticals and experimenting with its digitisation. With a view to the development of integrated didactics between analogue and digital, the case study Pharmacy of Services provides the basis for an extended reflection on the future potential of university education.


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Author Biographies

Fabrizio Bracco, University of Genova (Italy)

PhD, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education Sciences. He carries out teaching and research activities on work psychology and ergonomics. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the University Centre for Advanced Simulation; he is a Delegate for teaching innovation and faculty development at the University and coordinates the UniGe Teaching and Learning Center.

Maria Carola Morozzo della Rocca, University of Genova (Italy)

Architect and PhD, she is an Associate Professor at the Architecture and Design Department. She carries out teaching and research activities in Design from Strategy to Product in multiple contexts. She is part of the Centro del Mare of Ligurian University; she is a member of the Doctoral College in Sea Science and Technology.

Federica Delprino, University of Genova (Italy)

She is a PhD Candidate in Design. Her research focuses on inclusive design tools from multimodal and multisensory interaction modes. She is a Multidisciplinary Designer and Content Creator; her other interests are photography, video making and social media.

Silvia Pregaglia

Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from the Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna (Italy) and a Master’s degree in Digital Humanities, Communication and New Media from the University of Genova (Italy). Her research areas include Cognitive Ergonomics and Interaction Design applied to multiple contexts.


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Image showing fourth-year students of the Pharmacy degree course watching in synchronous mode the live simulation set up and carried out in a different university classroom (credit: G. Boero, 2022). AGATHÓN 12 | 2022




How to Cite

Bracco, F., Morozzo della Rocca, M. C., Delprino, F. and Pregaglia, S. (2022) “Simulation-based learning and digital tools. A trial for Pharmacy Services”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 12(online), pp. 270–279. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/12242022.