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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

Object-oriented concepts may become increasingly necessary for understanding and using business information systems. Business students are often exposed to object-oriented concepts in non-programming courses. We have used a text-based virtual reality, called a MOO, to provide students with an opportunity to learn object-oriented concepts by actively creating and using objects - but without writing code. After one lecture and two fifty minute labs, 75% of 172 business students successfully solved a goal-oriented exercise which required the use of object-oriented concepts. The MOO environment allowed the student to experience as well as learn object-oriented concepts without the use of a rigorous programming language.

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