Integration of EcoSim Adam Simulation Game into College Microeconomics Class to Increase Student Engagement
Understanding of basic economic principles is increasingly important in modern labor market.
- More than 11% of all occupied people in Lithuania were self employed in 2016 .
It is difficult to motivate and engage college students in basic Microeconomics classes.
- Microeconomics courses are general, not specialization subject.
- Y Generation / Z generation students do not like to learn via traditional methods - lectures, research papers, etc .
- Simulation games have been successfully used to increase student engagement, both abroad and in Lithuania .
- It is an active, technology-based teaching method, that is attractive to Y Generation / Z Generation students. .
- It can be integrated into existing curriculum without major disruption.
- An online, computer-based business simulation game, developed in Lithuania by a team lead by A. Liuiza.
- Specifically designed to have good balance of educational value and entertainment.
- Good fit to illustrate basic Microeconomics concepts .
- Introducing EcoSim Adam into Business Economics subject of Multimedia Technology study program at Kaunas University of Applied Sciences.
- Survey of students' attitude towards the subject, simulation games and general understanding of microeconomics concepts.
- Interview with teacher of the subject.
- Survey of students of similar subject in another study program as a control.
- A methodology of integrating EcoSim Adam into introductory Economics courses.
- A better understanding if and how business simulation games can be used to increase student engagement.
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Integration of EcoSim Adam Simulation Game into College Curriculum
By Arūnas Liuiza