Experiential Learning Coming Alive at Drexel University

Experiential Learning at Drexel University

Credit: Drexel University, LeBow School of Business

Associate Clinical Professor Jodi Cataline uses MikesBikes simulations to teach her freshmen students the foundations of business sequencing. Teaching at Drexel University, she found that business simulations improved the quality teaching through its unique hands-on approach.

Jodi 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. This prototypic teaching style is celebrated by her freshmen that used MikesBikes in their studies.

Students discuss how the competitive nature of MikesBikes helped develop their understanding of the importance of teamwork. Further, it moved them beyond traditional university teaching styles with its emphasis on demonstrable forms of business practices.

The overwhelming message from these students is that MikesBikes simulations build a greater understanding of the fundamentals of business. Its diverse business simulations replicate the systems and patterns found in real business situations. The students conclude by reflecting on their real-world learning with the simulation. They praise its application of business theory, describing it as the best hands-on learning.

Jodi and her freshmen cohort demonstrate how Drexel’s business faculty have benefitted from MikesBikes. Drexel students are prepared and confident to enter the workforce after completing the MikesBikes simulation.