Virtual Training for Accountancy Tools Developed for the University of Central Florida
Daden Limited, a virtual worlds and virtual characters full service consultancy in the UK, developed Daden PIVOTE system, a new virtual learning system for in-world accounting tools, for students of the University of Central Florida on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
The project was made after Dr. Hornik, an early adopter of virtual worlds for education from the University of Central Florida (UCF), requested its creation in order to fulfil his desire of providing a more interactive way of demonstrating to his students how to use the in-world accounting tools he developed.
The virtual learning system is composed of several multi-user training exercises using PIVOTE which allows students to learn, through practice, the use of the learning tools and to complete their assignments. The exercises are incorporated an interactive PIVOTE HUD (Heads Up Display) which the students will use to access additional online course material and videos while using the accounting tools.
According to Michael Eakins, a 3D lead at UCF’s Institute for Simulation & Training’s METIL lab, the integration of PIVOTE with Dr. Horniks accounting models streamlined the authoring process for creating and altering exercises to fit the needs of the students and made the enhancing of tools for learning by the development team without detriment to the current systems and content in place.
Daden’s PIVOTE Product Manager Andrew Jinman, on the other hand, said that the project was a great example of Learning by Doing.
Dr Hornik is hoping to see an increase in levels of student engagement and performance from the PIVOTE exercises and training of the students. So far, from the exams taken by Dr. Hornik’s students to date, results indicate significantly higher scores for those students who used the 3D accounting equation compared to those who did not.