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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The Distribution Game

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 23, 2014 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This resource involves distribution optimization decision making training. They have provided good inputs to understand how distribution is impacted. It helps the student to understnad some fundamentals of logistics by playing the different games available.
Learning Goals: - Understand how warehouse networks impact logistics costs. - Understand the dynamics of a competitive distribution system under demand uncertainties.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate business majors Most useful in Production Operation Management class.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Understanding of basic rules of logistics
Type of Material: Game simulation
Recommended Uses: Could use in class for discussion. Could play in teams. Could use as a homework assignment.
Technical Requirements: web browsing, understanding of logistics.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Good simulation game. Contains accurate information about distribution systems under uncertainty. Offers opportunity to network with other competitive users.
Concerns: It would be good to have more content on the screens to help with the simulation. A few grey blobs flawed on the screen here and there.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: You can really get a feel for where a system has a sweet spot if the demand conditions are not set to fluctuate too much. Many options are provided so students have choices. Students can understand the various impacts of warehouse parameters.
Concerns: Could get pretty complex. Would be nice to be able to compare successful (or not) systems tried under the same demand conditions.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Good interface. Not great, but solid enough for a good learning experience. Very easy to use.
Concerns: Experienced some lag on the system which may explain interface issues noted above.

Other Issues and Comments: Very nice piece of work. Definitely meets its goal of familiarizing people with different performance characteristics of various systems. Help could be more interactive.