I am a proponent of using simulations an simulation games in accounting courses. Since I started creating and using simulation games in my college classes, student learning and acceptance of my teaching has increased an unbelievable amount.
In general using simulation games in college classrooms has the following advantages:
- Motivates many students to participate to a greater degree than in a traditional setting.
- Enhances cognitive growth (recall of factual knowledge, improve problem-solving skills, apply concepts and principles)
- Provides intensive practice in verbal and written communication
- Requires flexibility in thinking and an adaptive response to a dynamic environment
- Can be repeated with same participants and additional learning will take place due to the dynamic nature of the game
- Benefits students with varying skills and experience. Participants can play at their own levels.
If interested, please download the following documents in pdf format
- Using Simulation Games in Financial Accounting & Managerial Accounting, presented at the American Accounting Association national convention in Anaheim, CA, August 2008. Simulation Games for Accounting
- Real Money, which is where students play a game of monopoly and do to the financial accounting for their experience. I have two versions, with debits and credits, and without debits and credits.