Integration of Logistics Simulation Technology and Logistics Learning Factory in a Two-stage Teaching Method for Logistics Management Courses

Haiwei Fu

Abstract


Traditional classroom teaching techniques for logistics management courses focus solely on imparting theoretical knowledge despite the multidimensionality and diversity of the logistics working environment. Moreover, the application of modern teaching techniques is isolated and lacks systematic coordination. Students thus acquire knowledge but cannot adapt to practical working requirements. Therefore, to develop the autonomous learning ability of students and to improve teaching results of logistics management courses, this study proposes a two-stage teaching method that integrates logistics simulation technology and logistics learning factory. First, students are acquainted with various logistics operation links through logistics simulation technology, thus allowing students to exercise their abilities to autonomously design logistics systems and operate logistics system flow. Second, through the logistics learning factory, students experience the overall process of lean production and improve their learning interests through scenario rendering and visualization. Finally, the degree of the students’ acceptance of this teaching method was surveyed on the basis of the technology acceptance model. Results showed that the students who were taught using the two-stage teaching method have significantly higher scores for perceived usefulness, attitude toward using, and behavioral intention than students who were not taught with the proposed method. The proposed two-stage teaching method compensates for the limitations of the single teaching method for logistics management courses. Nevertheless, its perceived ease of use should be improved.

Keywords


logistics simulation technology, logistics learning factory, technology acceptance model

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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