- MikesBikes Introduction Simulation in a Business Project Course
King’s Own Institute (also known as Australian Institute of Business Management) instructor, Rex Walsh (pictured above) was over the moon when he found out that one of the teams in his class achieved the top spot in the MikesBikes Introduction Hall of Fame. A big congratulations to Dashcycle and Rex for this amazing achievement! We interviewed Rex to learn more about his course and how he prepares students to succeed in the simulation. Tell us about your experience with MikesBikes Introduction. Wonderful. Players universally rate this unit as the most relevant, rewarding and personal development based course they complete and this is incredibly rewarding for me. Players have even made their own customized bike and accessories! It’s mind-blowing! How does MikesBikes allow you to engage with your students? MikesBikes allows me to engage with my students in the most rewarding way. The players develop competence, skills, confidence and learn to relate to me simply as a […]
- Incorporating MikesBikes Into a Two-Year Diploma Program
The article below is written by one of our MikesBikes Introduction instructors, Harold Lowe from Nova Scotia Community College in Canada. […]
- MikesBikes Within An Introduction to Business Course
The article below is written by Dan Bielinski, business instructor at Madison Area Technical College. As a relatively new Business Management Instructor (in my third year) after a nearly 30 year career in industry and consulting, I have found MikesBikes Introduction an extremely helpful tool for teaching real-world business concepts. In the spirit of sharing among educators to benefit students, I am privileged to discuss some of the approaches that have worked for me. We utilize the MikesBikes Single-Player in our Intro to Business Course. Students work in teams and compete against the computer. There are two practices I have found very effective: 1. I cover course material on Strategy, Marketing (the 4 P’s), Operations and Finance, primarily through case studies and other active learning techniques. I then use MikesBikes and help students “connect the dots” and apply these concepts in the simulation. Both direct student feedback, and the kinds of questions they start to ask, tell me […]
- An Instructor’s Experience: From MikesBikes Critic to True Fan
Written by Russell E. Holmes, a business and law instructor, at Des Moines Area Community College. It All Began… A few years back my business department decided to incorporate a business simulation game into our Introduction to Business course. The college felt our introductory business course would become more acceptable as a transfer course to a larger number of universities if we did this. I was adamantly opposed to requiring a simulation in the course. I had taught the course for many years, was comfortable with the variety of assignments and activities I had developed over the years and had no interest in having to deal with what I perceived to be an activity that would take a lot of time and, in my opinion, be of minimal value. What really upset me was when I was told we would be required to take students through chapters that dealt with accounting, financial management, securities and marketing at the beginning of the course so they would be able to understand the […]
- How to Design a Business Course around MikesBikes Advanced
Designing a course requires professionals, topic experts, and a deep understanding of students’ needs. The long and short of it – course design takes time. Therefore, we are creating a series of articles on how select Smartsims clients employ business simulations to engage their students. This article follows Professor Darl Kolb of the University of Auckland. Having utilized MikesBikes Advanced in both his undergraduate and post-graduate courses, Professor Kolb’s students often exclaim this is the highlight of their degree. Professor Kolb truly embraces the concept of experiential learning by utilizing course activities which reflect real-world situations managers of a company may experience. Through role-play students adopt roles within a ‘management team’. Instructors will take up the role of ‘shareholders’ or ‘board of directors’ who the students are responsible to. Deeply ingrained within the course content, the simulation is entirely relevant to the student’s and […]
- Real-World Experience In The Classroom
Proficient with experiential learning and business simulations, Dr. Darl Kolb discusses his course design and the value his students gain.
- Teaching Foundations of Business with MikesBikes Introduction
Hear how Drexel University use MikesBikes to get their students ready for the workplace.
- Teaching with the MikesBikes Business Simulation
Andrew recounts his first experience using a business simulation in his business course.
- Teaching with the Music2Go Marketing Simulation by Professor Mark Young
Professor Mark Young shares the benefits of using the Music2Go Marketing Simulation by Smartsims. He also explains how he has chosen to implement the simulation in his marketing course. […]
- What Do Students Think Of MikesBikes?
Smartsims follow three students through their journey of a business course with MikesBikes.
- The Benefits of Business Simulations to Students & Instructors
What are the Benefits to Students of using a Business Simulation?
Why are Business Simulators important to Instructors & Professors Teaching a Business Course?
- How Business Simulations Give Students the Leading Edge in Job Interviews & the Workplace
In this video, Dr Darl Kolb explains how business simulations give students confidence, which affords them a leading edge in job interviews and in the workplace.
- Experiential Learning with Dr Darl Kolb
Dr Darl Kolb has used MikesBikes in both his undergraduate and post-graduate management courses.
- Why Instructors Love Smartsims Business Simulations
Hear why professors and instructors around the world love using Smartsims Business Simulations and MikesBikes in their Business Courses.
- MikesBikes at Quinnipiac University
Quinnipiac University uses MikesBikes to give students the competitive edge.
- JITF Case Study of MikesBikes Simulation within an Introduction to Business Course
This research paper outlines a pedagogical method for incorporating capital structure and dividend policy decisions into an Introduction to Business course through the use of a business simulation.
- What are Smartsims Business Simulations?
To truly grasp the impact strategy and management decision-making have on business outcomes, students need real world experience. Smartsims business simulations encourage student engagement and accelerate learning by giving students their own business experience. […]
- Experiential Learning at Drexel University
Credit: Drexel University, LeBow School of Business Drexel University use the MikesBikes Introduction to Business Simulation to teach their freshmen course, Foundations of Business. Associate Clinical Professor Jodi Cataline describes how the simulations allow her to move beyond purely academic forms of business education. She extracts terminology and concepts from her teaching material and challenges her students to use it in the MikesBikes simulation. Students refer to the competitive nature of MikesBikes which helps build a greater understanding of the fundamentals of business. […]
- Experiential Learning & Music2Go Marketing
Experiential Learning is a highly effective educational tool, and a key feature that sets our Simulations apart from other teaching methods. Experiential Learning focuses on the learning process for the individual, through observation and interaction with the subject they are learning about rather than the traditional process of learning from a textbook. Katie Matthew recently spoke at the Annual Conference of the Society for Marketing Advances in Memphis, Tennessee about her integration of ourMusic2Go Marketing Simulation in her Introductory Marketing Course, and how this has added value by bringing Experiential Learning to her classroom. Katie is a Major in the U.S. Army and Instructor at The United States Military Academy at West Point. Some of the key benefits of Music2Go that she mentioned included the following: Encouraged more student engagement/involvement; Produced better learning outcomes; Students indicated they preferred this style of learning; Better prepared students to […]