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ERIC Number: EJ1216820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-May
Abstractor: As Provided
The Project for Simulation to Enhance Business Skills
Coleman, Phillip D.; Blankenship, Ray J.
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v22 May 2019
Some students struggle with Excel and Access skills, especially in a business environment. What follows are the results of these skills being taught at a medium-sized Midwest University. While the number of Excel and Access projects provided to the student has been increased to provide greater breadth, students are still wrestling with the depth that some of the projects present. Additionally, students have a difficult time when it comes to advanced skillsets in Excel including data tables and statistical forecasting. Four classes were used for this research. Two classes used simulation training for Excel and Access projects. Two other classes did not use simulation training. The classes using simulation are being conducted so that the student must do one of the simulation projects in the classroom. It is hypothesized that the simulation classes will not only have a better overall average/project but will have a better midterm and final grade for the Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access projects. While the students in the simulation classes did earn a higher grade on three of the most difficult projects when compared to the non-simulation classes, the midterm composite grade was about 8% higher for the non-simulation class. The simulation class did score higher on the Access midterm by over 9%. This is significant if non-equal variances were assumed.
Descriptors: Computer Software, Teaching Methods, College Students, Skill Development, Business Administration Education, Student Projects, Computer Simulation, Grades (Scholastic), Comparative Analysis, Instructional Effectiveness, Scores
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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