The Age of the Learning Mash-Up:
New Thinking on Remote Simulation From the World’s Best Business Schools
If you, like many of our readers, have an MBA, we’re going to guess that at some point in your education you have experienced a team-based simulation.
(If not several!)
No, we’re not psychic, just deeply aware of the many advantages of team-based simulations for the B-School environment:
- They facilitate team building.
- They’re great for quickly assessing the strengths and weaknesses of students.
- They are fun and engaging.
- They provide an outlet for competitive students.
- They can be used to teach almost any kind of business skill: business strategy and finance, project management, brand management, leadership, market strategy, sales strategy, and trust - just to name a few.
So what’s not to love?
At their worst, these distance-learning solutions have been little more than a series of PowerPoints delivered via webinar. (It turns out that, a boring slide broadcast over the internet is still a boring slide.)
Of course, better applications are available. Simulations range from "simply elegant board games" to "sophisticated LAN-based computer simulations" with unique information presented via "dash board" for each learner to analyze, make, and communicate decisions.
Distance learning is off to a promising start. What’s next?