What is MonsoonSIM?
MonsoonSIM is an award-winning business simulation and gamification education platform. This platform has been used in business education since 2013. To date, we have more than 70,000 registered learners and a rapidly growing user base over 4 continents. MonsoonSIM allows educators to change the way they teach business concepts. For example : Instead of teaching with theory alone, you allow the learners to conduct self-directed learning --- through simulation and/or gamification.
What is the difference between MonsoonSIM and other business games?
MonsoonSIM, in short, uses an innovative horizontal experiential learning model (click for a short video on this). There are numerous business games available on the market. Most of them, however, are vertically focused, such as stock trading, sales, team building, marketing etc. In contrast, MonsoonSIM uses ERP (Business Process Process) as a base. Facilitator can teach either by gamification or by simulation. There are altogether close to three hundred micro business concepts. These are important and fundamental concepts applicable to any trading, distribution, eCommerce, manufacturing and service business. MonsoonSIM allows learners to discover these concepts through experiential learning and analysis.
What are the benefits of MonsoonSIM for me, as an educator?
Your teaching becomes a whole lot more fun and interesting with MonsoonSIM. Firstly, by being a certified facilitator in MonsoonSIM, you can create and conduct courses anytime, anywhere with just a standard browser; likewise, your students will be able to learn anytime, anywhere. Secondly, you do not have to create any contents. MonsoonSIM comes with hundreds of micro business concepts. All you need to do is to choreograph your business scenario and let the learners learn through experiential learning (gaming) or simulation. You control the tempo, the depth and breadth of the business scenario. Teaching business processes through powerpoint is no longer attractive for today's learners. Notes and slides can be dauntingly boring. With MonsoonSIM, the learning becomes fun. There are quizzes that come along with MonsoonSIM which trigger the players to dig deeper into the game to do more self-learning. With MonsoonSIM, the trainer can now focus on adding more teaching materials not covered by MonsoonSIM for the students before, after or in the middle of the game whenever deemed appropriate.
What are the benefits of MonsoonSIM for me, as a student?
Key benefits are improved employ-ability, having virtual "real-life" work experience and having much more knowledge than ever before about business operation. As a student, having a good understanding of the enterprise system will greatly expand your knowledge about how a business enterprise is run. You will learn about the relationships (data and process) among various departments. You will also learn how does the failure of one department can impact the other departments to the point that it may even bring down the entire operation of an enterprise. Therefore, it does not matter whether you are an accounting student, a business student, an industrial engineering student or a student studying information technology, as it is always good to learn about ERP. For example: for an accounting major student, you would need to know the concept of product costing and you will experience it when playing the MonsoonSIM game. Whereas as an MBA student, it would certainly be good to know the concept of how business is being run. As an e-commerce student, learning the concept of procurement and supply chain will certainly help in your design of the system. The benefits are multi-facet.
What are the benefits of MonsoonSIM for me, as part of the management team of a corporation?
As a corporate manager, MonsoonSIM will help all of your staff to better leverage your existing business system. Besides giving your staff a better understanding of what the enterprise processes entail, the staff can work together with more appreciation of each other's constraints. For example: if your staff is working in the sales department, he/she needs to be more aware of the delivery ability. A staff working in the customer service department should know who are the key customers. Staff working in the production department should be more aware of the upcoming promotions by the folks in the marketing department. Having your employees to go through a MonsoonSIM workshop will surely improve their total work productivity and flexibility. Furthermore, as MonsoonSIM is a team game that requires teamwork and communication, playing the game by mixing players from different departments into one virtual company would surely improve their team spirit and teamwork.
What is the key concepts covered in MonsoonSIM?
How long is a typical session of MonsoonSIM?
MonsoonSIM is extremely flexible. The session (game) can be configured to run for 1 hour up to say 30 days. It is all determined by the game facilitator and the players. Facilitator controls the tempo, the depth and the breadth of the business environment. The session can be stopped and resumed for later day.
Is there any pre-requisite knowledge needed to play MonsoonSIM?
No. MonsoonSIM is designed for anyone from primary school to university students to all levels in a corporation. The difficulty of the game is configurable.
How configurable is MonsoonSIM?
MonsoonSIM is highly configurable. The locations of the retail stores, warehouse, cash, bank facility, cost, machine capacity, storage capacity, suppliers, customers, product bill of materials (BOM), market size are all configurable. Furthermore, what departments to run, game timings, which concepts to run/hide are also configurable.
Is MonsoonSIM run on any commercial or open source ERP product?
No. MonsoonSIM does not based or rely on any ERP engine. Furthermore, MonsoonSIM is NOT product training, it is a conceptual training.
Which universities have adopted MonsoonSIM in their teaching curriculum?
MonsoonSIM has been used by more than 100 universities across 4 continents. To name a few, we have Penn State University USA, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Esslingen University of Applied Science in Germany, National University in the Philippines, Bangkok University in Thailand, Deakin University in Melbourne Australia, Swiss German University in Serpong, Trisakti University in Indonesia, Francis Mellon University in the USA, etc.
What is MonsoonSIM’s mission?
How to become a facilitator of MonsoonSIM?
Is there a standard methodology in delivering MonsoonSIM?
MonsoonSIM is team-based learning, but can it also be a single learner?
Yes, a certified facilitator (CF) can easily set up a single learner mode. The learner will be challenged by his/her own KPI (Key Performance Indicator) targets. The competitive landscape and “market” will be created by the MonsoonSIM robots in the background.
What subject matter (major) is suitable to teach with MonsoonSIM in my university?
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