News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Business

July 24, 2011

ISU prof wins award for game she helped develop

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University professor Susan Moncada’s alternative to lecturing received more than merely her students’ attention.

Moncada, a professor of accounting, is one of two award recipients for “Processing Integrity Challenge,” a PowerPoint game similar to Jeopardy that Moncada plays with students in her accounting systems class as an alternative to lecturing. She adapted and enhanced the Financial Accounting Jeopardy Games application by Michael Seda, a professor at St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. Seda and Moncada contributed their creations to the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, or MERLOT. Moncada and Seda received the MERLOT Business Classics Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources for 2011 award earlier this month.

To play the game, Moncada divides her class into groups of four or five students. Teams are given note cards that correspond to the different categories and items displayed on the game board. A student picks a question, and the groups have 30 seconds to write down their responses on the note cards. After Moncada collects all the cards, she reveals the correct answer and discusses the concept addressed. The game teaches students about internal controls that improve system reliability, which can help prevent and detect irregularities, including fraud, in an organization, Moncada said. “This game is an entertaining way for students to learn about processing integrity controls,” she added.

Moncada originally submitted her game last August. Because of her involvement with MERLOT, she was contracted to create 10 teaching activities for inclusion in the Science Education Resource Center collection which was funded by the National Science Foundation and is maintained by Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. A requirement was to also contribute the materials to MERLOT and have them subjected to the MERLOT peer review process.

One of the reviewers classes tested the game with 100 students describing the activity as a “fast paced, high energy exercise …[that] made learning fun.” A link to the Processing Integrity Challenge game and the MERLOT review can be found at www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=483874.

Moncada received the award during the Emerging Technologies for Online Learning conference in San Jose, Calif., earlier this month. She also gave a presentation, during which she explained and demonstrated several game adaptations of “Tic-Tac-Toe,” “Connect Four” and “Hollywood Squares,” along with her award-winning initiative, all of which she developed using PowerPoint.

Moncada also plays a game she invented called Cribbingo with students in her accounting classes. It is a combination of bingo and the card game cribbage. The game cards contain pictures of normal playing cards instead of numbers. To start a round, Moncada asks an accounting question to her students. Every time a question is answered correctly, she flips a playing card from the deck. If students have the image on their Cribbingo card, they mark through it. When five cards in a row are marked, students call out “Cribbingo” and earn a quarter for laundry money. They also peg the point value of the cribbage hand on their card.

“These games are just alternative ways of covering course content,” she said, “but the students are answering questions instead of listening to a lecture. In fact, students readily volunteer to answer questions because we are learning under the guise of a competitive game.”

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Chimp-attack Victim Lobbies Congress Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration FIFA Rejects Suarez Appeal Against Biting Ban Israeli-Palestinian Tensions, Attacks Escalate World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Kim Kardashian Hits Up Valentino Show in Paris Police: Prostitute Accused in Overdose Death Art of Haitian Machete Fighting Revived Thousands Attend NYC Firefighter's Funeral Raw: Obama Shoots Pool in Denver Four Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead Near Houston Neighbors Mourn Killing of Texas Family 'Game of Thrones' Leads Emmy Nominees UN Secretary-General Urges Mideast Ceasefire Obama Talks Economy, Slams Republicans Raw: Truck Crash Spills Turkeys on Va. Highway World's Tallest Water Slide: See It for Yourself Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup' Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats
NDN Video
Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash Emmy Nominations: What to Watch For 'Game of Thrones' Leads 66th Emmy Awards Nominations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel Pilot buys pizzas for travelers delayed by storm Klose nets record, Germany rout Brazil 7-1 'Purrmanently Sad Cat' Looks Adorably Sad All the Time Pharrell 'humbled' by success of mega-hit 'Happy' Day After: Brazil Reeling in WC Loss Jennifer Lawrence Facepalms Emma Watson Athletes Bare All for ESPN Magazine's Body Issue
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity