Supply chain simulator: A scenario-based educational tool to enhance student learning

Department of Systems Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, 31261 Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Computers & Education (Impact Factor: 2.78). 08/2008; DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2007.05.008
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ABSTRACT Simulation-based educational products are excellent set of illustrative tools that proffer features like visualization of the dynamic behavior of a real system, etc. Such products have great efficacy in education and are known to be one of the first-rate student centered learning methodologies. These products allow students to practice skills such as critical thinking and decision-making. In this paper, a case is presented where a scenario-based e-learning product namely ‘supply chain simulator’ is developed at KFUPM for an introductory technology course. The product simulates a supply chain – a network of facilities and distribution systems that carries out the task of procurement and transformation of materials from manufacturer to customer. The product was put to test during four semesters and results of the survey conducted by the instructors and the students are presented. The results clearly suggest the benefits of using such a tool in enhancing student learning.

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