Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Animation Is Principal Feature in Application

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Animation Is Principal Feature in Application

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Animation Is Principal Feature in Application

Jim Gentry, a finance professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, has developed several applications for courses he teaches to large classes of commerce and business administration undergraduates. Recently he set out to create a simulation that demonstrated the cash flow cycle--the movement of cash into and out of a business. Gentry had already developed a similar simulation for a course on short-run financial management, however the principles also apply to the larger-encompassing introduction to corporate finance.

* The Flow of Money

When Gentry began the project, he developed a prototype running on IBM PC computers that worked well as a presentation tool, but did not enable the flow of cash through a corporation to be animated. After receiving a grant from the university's Office for Information Management, however, Gentry spoke with an instructional designer who recommended that the simulation be written using the TenCORE Authoring Language from Computer Teaching Corp. in Champaign, Ill., because of its animation capabilities.

The inflow and outflow of cash both comes from and goes to a variety of sources. "My intent is to help students see the total cash flow process," Gentry explains. …

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