Using computer simulation as an educational alternative to hands-on application

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Internships and cooperative educational opportunities serve as a tool to apply concepts learned in the classroom to on-the-job experiences provided by companies. When universities are “geographically challenged” and do not have an abundance of local or regional companies for hands-on experiential learning avenues, an alternative is to use computer-based simulation. In the operations management field some of the software programs available include Arena, Virtual U, Capstone, and SimCity 4.0 Deluxe with Rush Hour Traffic. These programs were selected because they provide a broad and diverse range of skill sets for the students. The focus of the paper is to identify the differing educational objectives of each simulation, advantage and disadvantages, potential courses, and level of student.

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© 2005 POMS. Publisher’s version of record: https://www.pomsmeetings.org/

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POM 2005 Sixteenth Annual Conference of POMS: "OM Frontiers: Winds of Change"