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This innovation initially came to life when…
I proposed taking practice firms into a 3D platform. Previously, students formed companies that existed only on paper and traded with no economic restrictions. For example, they would write “cheques” to each other to trade but there was no cost of creating the good or service they were trading with.
There was also no record of the transactions or interactions except for a student diary. In a virtual world, the teacher can monitor the interactions and transactions between businesses and change the cost of inputs to recreate reflections of a real environment.
WHAT & HOW
The purpose of this innovation is to…
Business Island provides teachers with a unique opportunity to fast-track their students’ understanding of the practicalities of commercial enterprises and the interconnectedness of the business world.
It does this by…
Business Island enhances student understanding of the business principles inherent in subjects such as Business Management, Economics and Accounting and offers multiple scenarios to develop a deep understanding of the principles at work.
PURPOSE & BENEFITS
This innovation improves on what came before because…
Business Island can be incorporated into any curriculum framework in these subjects and can be adapted to suit individual program duration.
Business Island incorporates the principles of sales and marketing, customer service, change management, teamwork and leadership — all within an environment that is hugely engaging to young students.
Its various benefits to the customer/end-user include…
With its large capacity for scenario variations and huge appeal to young computer-savvy students, Business Island is a valuable and unique enhancement for educators.
In the past, this problem was solved by…
Its predecessors/competitors include…
The closest competitor to Business Island is StratX Simulations.
This is a 2D environment and not an in-world experience. We can find no other Virtual World environment that teaches business skills.
It is made for…
Schools and colleges that teach business skills in English using practice firms. This would be 90% of all High Schools and Colleges in the English Speaking World.
It is available for sale through…
International Education Services Ltd. www.businessisland.com.au
Our marketing strategy is to…
Our organisation already has a number of contacts with Schools and Colleges in Australia and Southeast Asia. A limited rollout to these will occur in 2011 as well as fielding enquiries on our website; we will participate in exhibitions in Australia and Hong Kong.
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