Simulating apprenticeship using multimedia in higher education

Ilia Bider (Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden)
Martin Henkel (Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Kista, Sweden)
Stewart Kowalski (Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Kista, Sweden)
Erik Perjons (Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Kista, Sweden)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 15 June 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to report on a project aimed at using simulation for improving the quality of teaching and learning modeling skills. More specifically, the project goal was to facilitate the students to acquire skills of building models of organizational structure and behavior through analysis of internal and external documents, and interviews with employees and management. An important skill that practitioners in the information systems field need to possess is the skill of modeling information systems. The main problem with acquiring modeling skills is to learn how to extract knowledge from the unstructured reality of business life.

Design/methodology/approach

To achieve the goal, a solution was introduced in the form of a computerized environment utilizing multimedia to simulate a case of an apprenticeship situation. The paper gives an overview of the problem that the solution addresses, presents the solution and reports on the trial completed in a first-year undergraduate course at Stockholm University.

Findings

The results of the trial indicate that using rich multimedia along with a case-based learning approach did improve the overall performance of the students. It was also shown that both students’ and the teachers’ attitudes toward the solution were positive.

Originality/value

The solution presented in this paper, using computer simulation in teaching/learning by focusing on an apprenticeship situation, can be reused by other university teachers, especially in the Information Systems discipline. This solution can thus be used in teaching, system design, requirements engineering, business analysis and other courses typical for information systems.

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Citation

Bider, I., Henkel, M., Kowalski, S. and Perjons, E. (2015), "Simulating apprenticeship using multimedia in higher education", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 137-154. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-04-2015-0004

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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