Teaching Derivatives Using Bloomberg: An Experiential Learning Approach

29 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2019

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Amira Annabi

Manhattan College; Manhattan College

Date Written: December 10, 2019


The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the existing literature on experiential learning in finance by discussing the instructional design of an undergraduate derivatives course. Moreover, we advocate for the use of Bloomberg Terminals as an experiential learning tool, providing students with real-life experiences. This paper proposes and describes two learning products designed to enhance the experiential learning benefits of this course: a customized instructional manual and a simulation for option trading strategies. To measure the effectiveness of this experiential teaching approach, we rely on pre- and post-class surveys, as well as a recent graduate survey. Our findings suggest that integrating Bloomberg in the classroom has both short term and long term implications: In the short run, it improves students learning outcomes. In the long run, the results of the survey suggest that learning how to use Bloomberg in the classroom provided a boost to recent graduates, both during their job search and during the first weeks after they start.

Keywords: Bloomberg Terminal, manual, derivatives, undergraduate, teaching, finance lab, experiential learning, instructional design

JEL Classification: A20, A22, G13

Suggested Citation

Annabi, Amira and Annabi, Amira, Teaching Derivatives Using Bloomberg: An Experiential Learning Approach (December 10, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3501259 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3501259

Amira Annabi (Contact Author)

Manhattan College ( email )

The O'Malley School of Business
Economics and Finance Department
Riverdale, NY 10471
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.linkedin.com/in/amiraannabi/

Manhattan College ( email )

Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471
United States

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