|New era in business and technology studies - 20 June 2014|
Lourdes Hill College is forging a path to a new era in business and technology studies, with the launch of a digital education program developed by Professional International Education Services (PIER), a subsidiary of International Education Services (IES).
From Semester 2, 2014, Year 10 students will start using the newly developed program, PIERSim, which will see them assuming the roles as business owners and operators in an interactive, virtual business world.
Initially developed for International Education Services’ international students to support pre-university business studies, PIERSim is now set to spread to secondary schools across Australia and the world, with Lourdes Hill College leading the way.
College Principal, Ms Robyn Anderson, said that the program would fundamentally change the way students study business.
“PIERSim will give our students what traditional text books can’t – a hands-on approach to business studies,” she said.
Ms Anderson said that students would operate avatars of real-world businesses including Yellow Cabs, Domino’s Pizza and Di Bella Coffee to get an authentic insight into the ins and outs of running a business.
“In order to keep their avatar alive, students will be required to trade online with other business owners whilst managing all other facets of business operations including marketing, finance and human resources,” she said.
“As a proudly innovative school, we are delighted to be collaborating with PIER on what is a truly remarkable and innovative program.”
The program will be aligned with the new Australian Curriculum and will be spread across other year levels in the coming years.
IES Managing Director, Mr Chris Evason, said that the partnership with Lourdes Hill was the beginning of a possible worldwide shift in business studies, with PIERSim scheduled to be showcased internationally to coincide with the 2014 G20 Summit in Brisbane.
“Together with Lourdes Hill College, we look forward to showing the rest of the world what’s now possible in the realm of secondary business studies,” he said.
An official launch of the partnership between Lourdes Hill College and International Education Services was held at the College on Wednesday 18 June 2014, during which students demonstrated how the program operated.
The event was attended by key staff from the College and IES, as well as the Member for Bulimba, Aaron Dillaway MP.