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Student interactions in online discussion forums: Their perception on learning with business simulation games

Hernández-Lara, Ana B.; Serradell, Enric
Abstract:
Digital technology offers new teaching methods with controversial results over learning. They allow students to develop a more active participation in their learning process although it does not always drive to unequivocal better learning outcomes. This study aims to offer additional evidence on the contribution of business simulation games to students’ learning outcomes, considering student interactions in online discussion forums. We conducted a qualitative research with the online discussion forums of 5 different courses at bachelor and master levels, which involves 41 students’ teams. The final sample was composed of 3681 messages posted by the students. The results reveal that some generic and specific managerial skills exert a positive influence on learning outcomes. Students mostly highlighted teamwork, decision-making, information processing, reaching agreements, and dealing with uncertainty as the most relevant contributions of the game towards their learning. These results have instructional and pedagogical implications for determining the best way to enhance students’ motivation and learning outcomes when using digital technology methods, which involves recommendations that affect their design and monitoring.
Year:
2018
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Student interactions; online learning; higher education; simulations; computer-mediated communication; learning outcomes
Journal:
Behaviour & Information Technology
Volume:
37
Number:
4
Pages:
419-429
ISSN:
0144-929X
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1080/0144929X.2018.1441326
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