Title: Using a computer-based learning environment to enhance experiential learning of operations strategy

Authors: Emmanuel D. Adamides

Addresses: Laboratory of Industrial Management and Information Systems, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, Rion Campus, Patras 26500, Greece

Abstract: The paper initially discusses the necessity of experiential learning as a constituent part of the course structure and instructional method of operations strategy. Then, it presents a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) process, implemented in three instructor-facilitated computer laboratory sessions, which complements lectures in a graduate-level Operations Strategy course. The process adopts a constructivist perspective and relies on the use of a system dynamics computer-based learning environment, called SYDOS (System Dynamics-based Operations Strategy), which is employed to facilitate both conceptual and procedural learning. The learning exercises carried out with the help of SYDOS form a strategy formulation process that integrates and operationalises, in a dynamic way, the individual concepts taught in the lectures and, at the same time, cultivates the skills required to understand and practice the related social and knowledge processes.

Keywords: computer-based learning environments; CBLE; experiential learning; operations strategy; problem-based learning; PBL; system dynamics simulation; constructivism; e-learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIOME.2007.014025

International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2007 Vol.2 No.1, pp.40 - 57

Published online: 11 Jun 2007 *

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