In this paper we present a pilot project using a business simulation to assist students from non-English speaking backgrounds to develop and practice employability skills. A meaningful learning paradigm adapted for use by learners with technology (Jonassen, 1995) was used to inform the learning activities associated with the business simulation to assist students in developing important skills, such as critical thinking, communication and teamwork. The total enterprise simulation modelled learning in the workplace, while at the same time providing a safe but challenging environment for students to develop confidence and competence. As the evaluation of the pilot shows, the opportunities that such simulations can afford students are significant and business simulations can be tailored to meet the needs of specific student cohorts when structured and aligned with the meaningful learning paradigm.
|Keywords:||Business Simulation, Meaningful Learning, Scaffolding|
Senior Educational Developer, Educational Development Unit, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Lecturer, Centre for Work Integrated Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Business and Law, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia