June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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Using Social Networking Game to Teach Operations Research and Management Science Fundamental Concepts This paper presents our experience using the popular online game “Farmville” by Zynga to teach the fundamentals of linear programming concepts to undergraduate students in an operations research class. “Farmville” is a popular game within the social networking website Facebook. A contest using the game was incorporated into an introduction to operations research class. The goal of the contest was to reach highest revenue and experience level while meeting a secondary objective of increasing the farm’s aesthetic appeal. The contest is to demonstrate the concepts of problem formulation, solution methods, multiple objective decision‐making, implementation of policy, and reformulation. The students were surveyed before and after “The Facebook Farmville Challenge,” to gage the effectiveness of the teaching pedagogy and the students’ opinions of the hand‐on approach. The paper will include a detailed description of the contest and weekly reporting assignments, results of the student surveys, and instructor recommendations.
Guardiola, I. G., & Murray, S. L., & Cudney, E. A. (2011, June), Using Social Networking Game to Teach Operations Research and Management Science Fundamental Concepts Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18736
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