The Rolf Bergin eLearning Innovation Award

Awarding creative, collaborative and curious KI students for educational innovation in the medical sciences.

Rolf Bergin’s Vision

At KI in the 1970's, a pioneering achievement in computer-aided medical education was begun. Rolf Bergin had a vision for how instruction could engage students, allow them to interact with each other and, above all, be curious and explorative in their encounters with patients. His vision suggested that a inquiry-based approach would stimulate the students’ desire for discovery, nurture the importance of communication and give students immediate feedback.

ISP, Interactive Simulated Patients, arose during the 1990s as a result of pedagogical needs and the development of pedagogical convictions.  This ISP system, begun by Bergin, was implemented into the medical curriculum at KI, and has subsequently given rise to many new projects in eLearning at KI.

The Award

In 2014, the Rolf Bergin eLearning Innovation Award, was established to encourage creativity, collaboration and interactivity in the education of medical professionals and researchers.

The Rolf Bergin eLearning Innovation Award will be awarded annually to two students from the Karolinska Institutet, and will provide an opportunity to make their innovative ideas, for the future of education in the medical sciences, a reality.

The students selected will have the chance to collaborate with the Department of LIME.  Working together, their ideas will be taken from concept to practice, while also receiving 20% salary for the autumn term during the year they are awarded.


The award is open to all students studying at the bachelor, masters or doctoral level.  The reward will be granted to those whose ideas are aimed at further innovations in computer-aided learning, and grounded in the ideals which lead to developments in this area at KI.

The student innovations will aim to:

  • Engage and motivate students
  • Encourage accountability for self-learning
  • Support interaction and discussion between students
  • Increase student involvement
  • Include enquiry-based learning
  • Stimulate curiosity and creativity
  • Provide an emotional foundation for learning
  • Build bridges between theoretical knowledge and clinical work

Application process is open until 4 May 2015

Apply here

The announcement of award winners will be on 5 June 2015.