British School Muscat, one of the UK’s top international schools, started using Business Simulation Games this semester. British School Muscat is the only non-profit British school in Muscat, Oman. The school regularly ranks in the top 5 of the UK’s Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ranking of international schools, top 3% of UK state schools and top 9% of UK independent schools. The school has been active for over 50 years, educating students between 3 and 18 years old. It owes its achievements to a curriculum based on teaching critical thinking, decision-making and challenging students.
HIGH PERFORMANCE LEARNING
British School Muscat is the 3rd international school that received the High Performance Learning (HPL) World Class School award. HPL methods develop the necessary skills, values, attitudes and qualities needed to succeed in learning, both in and out of school. Students learn how to be successful by using a consistent educational language that is shared by students and teachers. This enables students to think flexibly and creatively while developing self-regulation in the event of setbacks.
IMPACT OF THE VIRTUAL WORLD CHALLENGES ON REAL LIFE COMPETENCES
The school decided to implement Revas Business Simulation Games to give students the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge acquired during the lessons in practice. The simulations are part of the main goals of the school curriculum. The challenges in the game were intended to give students an impetus to analytical thinking and independent decision-making in a virtual environment.
“Revas immerse students in realistic business scenarios that require them to consider multiple factors, such as market conditions and financial performance. These experiences provide students with valuable insights into what it takes to run a successful business and prepare them for real-world challenges.” says Yoann Danion, British School Muscat teacher.
“Sometimes you are first and other times you make mistakes and end up last, you learn from your mistakes. Theas things happen in real life “ says one of the students.
LEARNING IN AND OUT OF THE SCHOOL CLASSROOM
Business Simulation Games are a key element in the curriculum for the year 10 students at British School Muscat. A group of 50 students tried their hands at running their own virtual Travel Agencies. Students use games both in class and at home to refine their business strategies, respond to changes in demand and to adjust to the situation on the market.
“Through Revas, students reflect on their past decisions and continuously improve their business strategies both in and out of the classroom. Overall, 97% of our students perceived Revas as a valuable tool that supported their learning in Business.” adds Yoann Danion.
WHAT DO STUDENTS GET OUT OF SUCH COURSE?
When students were asked what features (based on the assumptions of High Performance Learning) the game develops in their opinion, they answered that these are, among others: Creating, Combining and Analyzing. Here are some of the students’ testimonials about how simulations have influenced the development of these traits.
“Revas supports the HPL characteristics of linking since we need to use our knowledge gained from month to month.”
“Analysing – When a new round starts we have to check which supplies have been used/wasted. From this we can tell which packages the customers prefer and how we are able to focus on promoting those packages more.”
“It supports Creating as while your trying to improve your business on Revas, you would need to have flexible thinking and be able to abandon one idea for a better one, as well as being able to have fluent thinking and generate ideas and to also have revolutionary thinking, so to be able to create new ideas through building on existing one or possibly even coming up with something original.”
FEEDBACK FROM THE TEACHER AND FROM THE PRINCIPAL
“I believe that using simulations like Revas is incredibly valuable for teaching students transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making. However, implementing these simulations can be challenging for teachers, who must support multiple entrepreneurs at once and ensure that everyone is making progress. Despite these challenges, I still think that exposing students to simulations like Revas enriches their learning experience by giving them a taste of what it’s like to run a business and make real-world decisions. I look forward to hearing from students in the future about how Revas has influenced their career aspirations, whether by inspiring them to start their own business or by providing them with valuable skills for their chosen field.” – says Yoann Danion, British School Muscat teacher.
“(…)One of the main advantages of using simulations in the classroom is that they provide students with a safe and controlled environment to experiment with different business strategies and explore the potential consequences of their decisions. This allows students to learn from their mistakes and apply their newfound knowledge to real-world situations. Moreover, business simulations encourage collaboration and teamwork, as students must work together to achieve common goals and objectives. They also help to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as students must analyse data, make informed decisions, and evaluate their outcomes.(…)Overall, business simulations are a valuable teaching tool that can help students develop a wide range of skills that are essential for success in today’s business environment. As educators, we must continue to explore innovative teaching methods and leverage technology to provide our students with the best possible learning experience.” – says the headmaster of the school, Kai Vacher.