Exam Scores

The simulation occurred each semester between the second and third exams in the course.

If the simulation helped students learn more effectively than traditional lectures and assignments,

simulation participants should have scored higher on the third exam than the students who did

not participate in the simulation. Also, any improvement in scores between the second and third

exams should have been greater among simulation participants than among students who did not

participate.

All exams were graded on a 100 point scale. For the fall 2006 semester, one class

experienced the simulation and two did not. The mean score of the third exam was 6.5 points

higher than that of the second exam for students who participated in the simulation. The mean

score of the third exam was 1.0 points lower than that of the second exam for students who did

not participate in the simulation. The mean score for the third exam was 8.6 points higher for

simulation participants than the mean score for students who did not participate.

Fall 2006

N Mean Score

Exam 2

Mean Score

Exam 3

Change In

Mean Score

In Simulation

3

2

70.3

76.8

6.5

Not In Simulation

6

2

69.1

68.2

-1.0

Difference In

Mean Scores

1.2

8.6

7.5

Figure 1: Exam Scores for Fall 2006 Semester