Technological ecosystems for enhancing multiculturality (TEEM)
Pacheco Velazquez, Ernesto Armando
Rodés Paragarino, Virginia
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Game-based learning is an effective approach to developing learning skills, and simulations play a crucial role in the logistics field by providing realistic and hands-on training. This article presents the findings of a four-year study that investigated students' experiences and perceptions of a Logistics Simulator, known as LOST, used in a logistics undergraduate course for engineering education in Mexico. LOST simulated supply chain operations and aimed to enhance the development of logistical concepts and complex skills. Qualitative data was collected through open-ended questions to assess students' experiences with LOST, involving a total of 216 students across different course cohorts. The responses were analyzed using axial coding to identify the most valued elements of the game-based learning experience with the logistics simulator. The results indicate that students highly valued elements such as the Real World, Decision-Making, Theory in Practice, Learning, Knowledge, Complexity, Experimentation, and Strategies. These findings emphasize the transformative potential of game-based experiences with the simulator, offering innovative and engaging learning opportunities for educational communities, equipping students with crucial decision-making skills, and providing decision-makers with insights into the effectiveness of simulation-based approaches for enhancing learning outcomes and preparing individuals for real-world complex challenges.
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