Testimonials

MollickEthan Mollick (Startup Game, Looking Glass, Idea Machine)
“I’ve worked in simulation development for 15 years, with teams ranging from well-known companies to the Department of Defense, and I have never found a partner as effective, innovative, and efficient as the Learning Lab. In three years, we have released three major products, all of which are in classrooms and built to scale around the world. The Learning Lab is one of Wharton’s best assets.”


FaderPeter Fader (Customer Centricity, Rules of Engagement, FutureView)
“The Wharton Learning Labs team has done an amazing job of making my dreams come true. As corny as that might sound, it’s true. It’s wonderful to work with them to take some very risky “swing for the fences” teaching ideas from concept to reality. I’ve done this several times with them, and it’s always been successful In fact, I keep raising the bar in terms of the complexity of the simulations I have in mind, and they have always “over-delivered.” Their group is one the most unique and valuable assets in the Wharton Computing portfolio, and I’m very thankful to have had multiple chances to benefit from their excellent capabilities.”


SchweitzerMaurice E. Schweitzer(OPEQ)
“Experiential learning brings ideas to life. It is one thing to talk about the dynamics of trust, but the experience of having your trust violated is far different. Experiences create durable lessons and animated discussions. I love working with the Learning Lab. I see the future of education as the marriage of ideas, technology, and emotion. The people, technology, and space at the Wharton School enable us to teach in a way that was unimaginable when we were students.”


BradlowEric T. Bradlow (Rules of Engagement, FutureView)
“Simulations, like Rules of Engagement and FutureView, which we developed for our marketing strategy class, have changed the way in which students fundamentally learn. Instead of learning by “talking”, students learn by doing, competing with their peers, and also learn in an integrative fashion by taking material from ALL of their courses and applying it to realistic marketing problems.”


RosenkopfLori Rosenkopf (RAISE)
“The RAISE exercise encourages students to make managerial choices about salary allocation and allows them to see the variety of approaches chosen by class members. It highlights potential biases to which managers may fall prey and encourages discussion of varied allocation philosophies. Actually making these decisions and benchmarking them against others’ choices is far more engaging for students than an individual exercise or mere discussion of typical biases in a lecture format. It was a pleasure to work with the Learning Lab staff because they are extremely competent. Their experience with a variety of learning environments allows them not only to respond to our needs but also to anticipate complexity and propose solutions.”


StambaughRobert Stambaugh (Backtester)
Backtester links theory with practice by giving students hands-on experience designing quantitative portfolio strategies and testing their historical performance using the up-to-date high-quality financial data provided by Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS). The goal in designing this software was to capture the essential elements of real-world back-testing in a user-friendly environment that allows students to get up to speed quickly without the considerable orientation required of large commercial platforms often used in practice. Working with the folks in Wharton’s Learning Lab has been a pleasure. Their talent and expertise is surely evident in Backtester’s elegant interface, and their ongoing coordination with WRDS, vital to Backtester, delivers a uniquely Wharton experience to students of investment management.”


HarringtonJoseph Harrington (Repeated Duopoly, Sealed Bid Auctions)
“The Learning Lab is a valuable resource for developing simulations that move economic concepts from theory to practice. The staff took the time to understand what I wanted to accomplish and were willing to meet many times in order to develop the simulation that best served my needs. I feel I have a partner in producing innovations for the classroom that will result in a more productive and stimulating experience for my students.”


LewisKaren Lewis (International Exposure Management (IEMAV))
“Corporate financial managers must make risk management and valuation decisions based upon information available at point in time. I find that simulations based upon real world problems are crucial to help students understand the trade-offs faced by financial managers. In the simulations, students put themselves in the “manager’s shoes”, make a decision, and then face the impact of those decisions based upon market outcomes. To the financial manager in a company with international transactions, these problems typically involve managing currency risk as well as foreign market uncertainty. Students often tell me they finally understand the significance of these risks after running the simulations. I have really enjoyed collaborating with the Learning Lab team. Over time, the LL team has helped to improve the simulations and provided thoughtful feedback about how to make the product more accessible to students. “


RajuJagmohan Raju (MarketSpace, Marketing Math Essentials)
“Wharton Learning Lab simulations allow students in my classes to apply the theoretical concepts in a real-world like setting. In simulations such as MarketSpace, student teams compete with one another, creating an environment that excites students and enhances learning, while others such as Marketing Math Essentials facilitate self-paced learning. Wharton Learning Lab staff are extremely helpful in development as well as implementation. Whenever needed, they are willing to make upgrades. The staff are always willing to come to the classroom when I use the simulation in case I need their help.”


GreenhalghAnne M. Greenhalgh and Christopher Maxwell (Images of Leadership)
“Each semester, we ask new students enrolled in Management 100, our foundation leadership course, to pause and consider the essence of leadership. Thanks to the efforts of the Learning Lab, students can post digital images and essays explaining their choices in Images of Leadership. We have run this exercise for more than 10 years and have collected nearly 8,000 digital images in the archive. We use these images throughout the semester to enrich discussion of leadership concepts and to illuminate classroom exercises and team project work. The Images of Leadership project has also allowed us to capture our students’ collective lay theory of leadership and lends support to the socially constructed approach to leadership education.”


Hutchinson
J. Wesley Hutchinson (Marketing Math Essentials)
“I worked with the Learning Lab to develop the Marketing Math Essentials website for the core MBA marketing course. This was a great way to let students test their mastery of basic quantitative calculations in case-like problems to prepare for their use in case analyses.”