Procedure

Procedure
The following table shows the standard procedure in VIBu university sessions.


Phase
Pre simulation activities

When

What

Local teacher's role

1-3 weeks before the first simulation session

Local teachers introduce the concept to their students (VIBu basic presentation to be used in presenting the general concept in class). The VIBu operators can also introduce the session structure in a video conference. The local teachers are asked to provide their student lists as soon as they are ready (student names + email addresses). At this point it is important that the student lists are as fixed as possible! Any changes that take place after the VIBu teams are introduced will complicate the task of the international student teams. Students have to rely on team work. It is crucial that all the team members in each VIBu team will take responsibility and allocate the required time for the exercises. If someone in a team is missing, the team operation will face severe challenges.  

Motivate the students to the extremely interesting sessions.Collect the students lists and make sure that all the ones enrolled know how they are expected to participate and with what kind of commitment. Send the student list to VIBu operators.

One week before the first session

As soon as the VIBu operators have received the student lists from the local teachers, the teams are formed and all the students are informed on their team members. At the same time the students are send an introduction manual for their VIBu company, links to the self-learning online materials, and the pre-assignment to be done in the teams (this is mainly about agreeing on the working shifts within a VIBu team/company).

 

 

First simulation session

Depending on the amount of students, the first session runs for 10-14 hours in real-time. The student teams themselves create a working shift plan (each student is given a responsible time slot during which (s) he needs to be online and managing the VIBu company, in collaboration with some other team members). Normally the student who are geographically most in the east start the session, and then the responsibility gradually, as time passes by, is moved to the students more in the west. In a typical session the simulation day starts with Australians and Asians managing the first hours, then the Europeans take over, and finally the North-Americans end the simulation session. During this process the responsibility is moved, like clock-work, from

If the local teacher wants, (s) he can follow the sessions by logging in to the simulation companies. Furthermore, the teachers are welcome to follow the results sessions that take place in video conference sessions.

 

Two weeks in between the simulation sessions

After the first simulation session the students are given: 1) an individual self-reflecting essay assignment on the topics that are relevant in the session at hand. Most often these are topics that deal with collaboration within the student teams; 2) the business results of all the different VIBu companies in the form of income statements and key figure graphics (different key figures on each company's operations efficiency and market shares); 3) a group assignment in which the students create a business plan for the second simulation session; 4) if the local teacher wants to hand over his/her own assignments for his/her own students, that can be done here.
Assignments are to be returned before the second simulation session.

Local teacher's assignments to his/her own students.
It is advisable that the local teachers discuss the simulation experience with the students, and provide the student feedback to VIBu operators. If possible, these discussion sessions can be part of the teacher's class teaching activities, as the students already at this point have many valuable experiences from the first session.

 

Second simulation session

The second session runs like the first simulation session (typically 10-14 hours in real-time). The difference with the first session is, however, that the students now know their companies and how the collaboration should be done in the virtual environment. This makes it possible to run the simulation with a faster clock speed, leading to sustainable motivation and immersion in the activities.

Again, if the local teacher wants, (s) he can follow the session online.

 

Post simulation activities

After the second simulation session the students are again given: 1) an individual self-reflecting essay assignment on the topics that are relevant in the session at hand. Most often these are topics that deal with collaboration within the student teams; 2) the business results of all the different VIBu companies in the form of income statements and key figure graphics (different key figures on each company's operations efficiency and market shares) 3) if the local teacher wants to hand over his/her own assignments for his/her own students, that can be done here.
Assignments are to be returned within two weeks from the second simulation session.

Local teacher's assignments to his/her own students.