#Information Systems #Engagement #Game-based learning #Gamification


Mark Hwang is a Professor of Information Systems at Central Michigan University, where he has been teaching for over 20 years. His research interests are data mining, data warehousing, and information system education. He has been using ERPsim games for some time now and got his level 2 ERPsim instructor certificate at the 2015 User Group Meeting at HEC Montréal, allowing him to teach other faculty members.

Using ERPsim in class

According to him, game-based learning and gamification are very effective teaching tools as they actively engage students in the learning process. He feels like the simulation is helping them better understand the theoretical concepts of his courses.

Students learn better when they are actively engaged in the process, and by bringing simulations or games into the classroom, I think it's really a win-win situation, for both the teachers and the students.

Using ERPsim in Research

Professor Hwang has written several research papers using ERPsim. He demonstrated that ERPsim is an effective learning tool for online asynchronous classes, as students showed improved learning outcomes and felt more satisfied after playing the games. He also demonstrated the relationship between teamwork and performance during ERPsim games and how important teamwork is for a team's success.

Game-based learning is very popular right now in many disciplines... so there are a lot of research opportunities!


Hwang, M.I. (2019)

ERP Simulation Games in Asynchronous Online Classes.

e-Journal of Business Education & Scholarship of Teaching, 13(3), 37-45

Hwang, M. I. (2018).

Relationship between Teamwork and Team Performance: Experiences from an ERPsim Competition.

Journal of Information Systems Education, 29(3), 157-168.

Hwang, M.I. and Cruthirds, K. (2017).

Impact of an ERP simulation game on online learning.

International Journal of Management Education, 15(1), 60-66.