ERIC Number: EJ1113940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
From Tech Skills to Life Skills: Google Online Marketing Challenge and Experiential Learning
Croes, Jo-Anne V.; Visser, Melina M.
Journal of Information Systems Education, v26 n4 p305-316 Fall 2015
The Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC) is a global, online student competition sponsored by Google. It is a prime example of an experiential learning activity that includes using real money ($250 sponsored by Google) with a real client. The GOMC has yielded compelling results in student engagement and learning objectives related to the direct digital marketing skills addressed. However, few studies have systematically scrutinized the broader personal and life skills inherent in experience-based learning. The current study explores learning outcomes of the GOMC from a student perspective including both the direct technical skills as well as broader, multidisciplinary life skills that are developed or enhanced. The study takes an inductive approach to examine the life skills endorsed by a pilot group of GOMC participants and subsequently examines these learning outcomes in a preliminary quantitative survey of 15 GOMC participants from an undergraduate Information Systems course. Study findings yielded perceived learning outcomes in the following areas: interpersonal life skills, digital technical skills directly related to course and challenge content, intrapersonal life skills (self-awareness, reflection, and strategic planning), and adaptive applied skills. The students' overall perceptions, challenges experienced, and reported implementation preferences are also discussed.
Descriptors: Internet, Search Engines, Experiential Learning, Marketing, Competition, Learning Activities, Learner Engagement, Outcomes of Education, Skill Development, Daily Living Skills, Interdisciplinary Approach, Pilot Projects, Student Surveys, Undergraduate Students, Information Systems, Technological Literacy, Interpersonal Competence, Self Concept, Reflection, Strategic Planning, Student Attitudes, Preferences, Teamwork, Leadership, Problem Solving
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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