September 2, 2010
A paper by Professors Gilbert Babin, Pierre-Majorique Léger and Jacques Robert, of HEC Montréal, Patrick Charland, of UQAM, and Harvey D. Feldstein and Derick Lyle (Professor Lyle is also attached to the ERPsim Laboratory), of Baton Simulations, took the Best Short Paper Award at the ICT2010 conference. The international gathering, bringing together educational technology researchers and practitioners, was held in Singapore from June 30 to July 2 on the theme of Inspired Solutions, Empowering Learning: Using Technology to Collaborate, Adapt and Improve Adult Learning.
The winning paper, entitled “Business simulation training: Guidelines for new approaches in IT training,” presents a business simulation environment to be used for training, with an actual business system (SAP) interface. Named ERPsim, this training environment, developed at HEC Montréal, recreates a realistic business context allowing participants to acquire technological skills in a complex environment similar to the real business world. ERPsim is being used at over sixty universities.
The paper looks at the challenges facing technological trainers as they adapt to this innovative approach, and presents guidelines for creating the most effective learning conditions. Trainers who apply this approach have reported a significant improvement in participants’ satisfaction, motivation, attendance and personal commitment, along with enhanced technological competence.