Novel simulation-based learning modules for teaching database concepts

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This paper presents novel immersive simulation-based learning (I-SBL) modules as an alternative active-learning method for teaching and learning fundamental concepts related to database design. I-SBL involves a 3-dimensional simulated environment that resembles a real-world system. Students can navigate through the simulated environment (in low- and high-immersion modes), observe and understand the underlying dynamics, evaluate the effect of the changes on the system, and learn by doing. The use of such modules is especially important when access to the real system is limited or impossible due to geographical barriers and/or regulations and safety considerations. We assess the impact of the proposed approach by implementing a sample I-SBL module in an undergraduate database class. The study involves two groups of students: control and test groups. Students in the control group complete a traditional problem-based learning (PBL) assignment, while the test group uses the I-SBL version of the same assignment. The assessment data collected include demographics, prior preparation, motivation, usability tests, and pre/post quizzes to measure knowledge gain. Statistical analysis of the results suggests that I-SBL performs at least as well as PBL. The results also provide important insights into the effective design and implementation of I-SBL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1045
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 22 2020
Event2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference, ASEE 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 22 2020Jun 26 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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