June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Computers in Education
26.1374.1 - 26.1374.18
Simulation to Application: Exploring student’s ability to transfer skillsSimulations have been used in training and education for years to aid students in gaining theskills needed to complete a task in a low risk environment. However, students can have troubleconnecting the skills used in the simulated working environments to skills that are needed to beapplied in the real-world environment. The simulations referred to in this study are simulatedenvironments that mirror student skill application, not a simulation of an event that is meant toaid students in the development of concept knowledge around the demonstrated event. This studyexamines students' ability to transfer skills learned during a simulation activity to that of a real-world application setting. The study is situated within an introductory engineering computingcourse in which students are required to work within MyITlab to gain familiarity with usingMicrosoft Office Software. In this setting, students are expected to use high fidelity simulations,complete online course work based upon these simulations, and then complete a comprehensiveexam to demonstrate skills learned with the real-world application. Guided by Kolb’sexperiential learning theory, end of course surveys will be implemented to investigate studentself-efficacy, the adaptive process, and students’ perceived ability to successfully use thissoftware for real world productivity outside of the classroom environment. Survey questions willfocus upon the student experience when working with simulation software and how using thesoftware enabled them to use the Microsoft Office Software effectively. Survey results will becompared with course grades earned when completing MyITlab simulations in correlation to thescores posted on the Microsoft Excel Final Exam. By gaining a better understanding of howstudents transfer knowledge from the simulated activity environment to the applicationenvironment, while capturing individual learning preferences, instructors will be able to betteraid the students to more effectively transition skill between environments and create a moreholistic learning environment to convert theoretical understanding into practical application. Thelessons learned from this study will be used to inform the implementation of improved practiceswhen the course is delivered the following term.
Cutler, S. L., & Kappers, W. M. (2015, June), Simulation to Application: Exploring Student’s Ability to Transfer Skills Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24711
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