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Enhancing skills in solving open-ended problems using game-based exercises
Pacios Alvarez, Antonia and Cobo Benita, José Ramón and Vargas Funes, Juan M. and Ordieres Mere, Joaquin Bienvenido
Enhancing skills in solving open-ended problems using game-based exercises.
"World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education", v. 9
Some requirements for engineering programmes, such as an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice, as well as an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility or an ability to communicate effectively, need new activities designed for measuring students’ progress. Negotiations take place continuously at any stage of a project and, so, the ability of engineers and managers to effectively carry out a negotiation is crucial for the success or failure of projects and businesses. Since it involves communication between individuals motivated to come together in an agreement for mutual benefit, it can be used to enhance these personal abilities. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the adequacy of mixing playing sessions and theory to maximise the students’ strategic vision in combination with negotiating skills. Results show that the combination of playing with theoretical training teaches students to strategise through analysis and discussion of alternatives. The outcome is then more optimised.
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