Collaborative learning in logistics and transport. The application of 3WIM

S.V. Gudmundsson, J.F.H. Nijhuis

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The article reports on the development of a collaborative learning method in two master’s level courses given as part of a logistics track within an international business degree programme. The method, termed the three-way interaction method (3wim), combines traditional case teaching and problem-based learning through high intensity three-way interaction between student groups. The method involves one group taking the role of problem-solvers (presenters/consultants), another group taking the role of decision-makers (company executives/board of directors), while the third group evaluates the performance of the other two groups (skill development/quality improvement). As usual in collaborative learning, the 3wim is student-driven, so the tutor takes on the role of a facilitator rather than the main disseminator of knowledge. Comparing the course evaluations of the previous approach to learning and the 3wim, a statistically significant improvement was detected in satisfaction among students. What is more, the method solved other problems, such as increasing the intensity of the learning experience, reducing passenger tendencies and absences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-557
JournalInternational Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

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