INSYSTED: An Open-source Platform for Blended Learning Based on Serious Games in Operations Management

Lissy Langer, Jens Weibezahn, Konstantin Tolstikhin, Thomas Volling

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Operations management is a quantitative core area of Industrial Engineering and Management education where students need to tackle the stochastic-dynamic interdependencies of processes within a supply network. In order to do so, students need to acquire a deep understanding of the underlying theortical concepts, methods, and tools. This is especially challenging for students at an introductory level. The heterogeneous knowledge and interests as well as the sheer number of participants in typical introductory courses urgently require new solutions for personalized learning. Against this background, the serious game ProTUce was devel-oped at Technische Universit¨at Berlin. Here, problem-oriented, quantitative methods of operations management are taught – using a virtual learning factory. In subsequent game levels, students are confronted with different challenges of everyday production based on the progress of the course, experience system dynamics, and improve their analytical skills. ProTUce is built on the open-source platform INSYSTED (Integrated System for European Digital Learning), which is currently being developed in a consortium of Technische Universit¨at Berlin, University College London, Politecnico di Milano, and CentraleSup´elec in Paris. The INSYSTED platform supports lecturers in creating, playing, and sharing serious games. In this paper, we introduce the INSYSTED framework and illustrate its application, using the serious game ProTUce.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on Learning Factories (CLF) 2021
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationRochester, NY
PublisherSSRN: Social Science Research Network
Publication date1 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Conference on Learning Factories. CLF 2021 - , WWW
Duration: 1 Jul 20212 Jul 2021
Conference number: 11


Conference11th Conference on Learning Factories. CLF 2021
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  • Learning Factory
  • Open Educational Resource
  • Problem-oriented Learning
  • Simulation Games
  • Teaching Production and Operations Management

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