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Dr. Ilana Dubovi

Dr. Ilana Dubovi

Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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health-professionals’ education, nursing education, complex systems learning, model-based learning, technology in education


Dr. Ilana Dubovi is a postdoctoral scholar with the VITAL Collaborative (, in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University, supervised by Dr. Victor Lee. As a registered nurse and educator, she integrates her prior experience in health and nursing with her research into sciences of learning. Ilana recently received her PhD at the Department of Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education from the University of Haifa, Israel.

In particular, her postdoctoral position is dedicated to developing and testing innovations in nursing and health education. Much of this has involved improving nursing students’ learning through virtual worlds and model-based simulations. Her tools have been highly effective in nursing education in Israel, and her research has appeared in top journals such as Computers & Education. Since arriving to USU, she obtained a Teaching with Technology Innovation Grant to augment and study nursing and health education at USU.

Upon her return to Israel she plans to strengthen her collaboration with the ITLS department and expand her research into health care continuing education of medical professionals and informal patient education.

Selected publications:

Dubovi, I., Dagan, E., Sader-Mazbar, O., Nasar, L., & Levy, S.T. (In Press). Nursing Students Learning with Complexity-Based Computerized Models the Pharmacology of Diabetes Mellitus: A Quasi-Experimental Study. Nurse Education Today.

Dubovi, I., Levy, S.T. & Dagan, E. (2017). Pushing Syringes, Diluting Solutions, and Splicing Tablets to Improve Proportional Reasoning: Nursing Students’ Situated Simulation-Based Learning. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 1-19. doi:10.1007/s10763-017-9842-2           

Dubovi, I., Levy, S.T. & Dagan, E. (2017). Now I know how! The learning process of medication administration among nursing students with non-immersive desktop virtual reality simulation. Computers and Education, 113, 16-27.