Comparison of the Effectiveness of Work Integrated Learning and Computer Simulation Teaching Method for Theoretical Subjects in Hospitality Industry Curriculum
For some time, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) has been a part of the hospitality sector's educational programs and curricula, attempting to provide hospitality industry students with a fundamental grounding in the day-to-day operations of an actual hospitality organization. An alternative to WIL is computer simulations, which may be able to impart some of the skills offered by WIL without reducing academic performance or subjecting the students to needless stress. CESIM Hospitality is an online example of such a simulation, but it is rather poorly studied. In this study a multiple choice test was used to measure the effectiveness of both a WIL programme and CESIM Hospitality, in order to compare their effectiveness as teaching tools. Students who had used CESIM performed significantly better in the test than those who participated in WIL, suggesting that the simulation should be integrated into hospitality training curricula. However, no correlation was found between the simulation scores and the test results of students who had used the simulation, suggesting that CESIM Hospitality should not be used to determine academic ability.