T. de Jong and W. R. van Joolingen. Discovery learning with computer simulations of conceptual domains. Internal report IST-MEMO-96-02, University of Twente, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Technology, The Netherlands, 1996. [url]
This seminal article by de Jong contains the state of the art of using simulations for learning purposes. The authors report the mayor learning problems that students have when using simulations and the technological solutions that can be used to overcome the problems. The mayor theoretical point is that in collaborative interaction some of the listed problems are reduced. The paper extend on this offering a research agenda that propose the usage of multiple representations that should reflect on a coordination between a group of learners.