Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Virtual Factory Visits: EBEA Web Site

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Virtual Factory Visits: EBEA Web Site

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In recent journals, we have taken you through some of the different areas of the EBEA web site. 2005 will see a number of developments of the site and in future journals we will let you know about these developments and the new features we have added to the site. Please let us know what you would like to see on the site in the future through the 'Contact Us' links on the site.

VIRTUAL PRODUCTION

Getting access for students to visit factories and other company premises is becoming increasingly difficult. Cost pressures, health and safety regulations, curriculum pressures and other factors have all conspired to make it more difficult for us to give our students a flavour of how companies produce their goods and services. There are some companies who still offer good quality tours and if you know of them, then why not post a message to the EBEA forum (http://www.virtual-worlds.biz/ cgi-bin/discus/discus.pn suggesting these to others and see what ideas they may have.

However, if you are finding it difficult to arrange suitable visits, but still want to look at production in the classroom (perhaps on the interactive whiteboard), then why not consider using some of the "Virtual Factory Tours" that are available on the web. There has been a proliferation of these in recent years and many now offer a good way to introduce issues relating to production.

The original 'Virtual Factory' remains the classic; the Biz/ed Cameron Balloons Virtual Factory (http://bized.ac.uk/ virtual/cb/). On this site, you can take a Virtual Tour through the factory ihttp://www.bized.ac.uk/ virtual/cb/tour new/start. …

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