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The value of necessary redundancy in course design

May 10, 2014
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The value of necessary redundancy in course design

Capstone strategy courses tend to cover a lot of material in one term.  Quarter system courses present a challenge to course designers, because of the amount of material that needs to be covered in a short period of time.  Active learning tools, such as strategy games, give an opportunity for students to confront theory and…

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Creating valuable conversations through discussion forums

April 8, 2014
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Creating valuable conversations through discussion forums

The coming of changes in the Common Core Standards will affect our university classrooms very soon.  During Spring break this year, I attended the CUE (Computer Using Educators) annual spring conference in Palm Springs, California. Many of the sessions explored how the Common Core affects teaching/learning in the K-12 classroom.  Surprisingly, several sessions covered how…

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Changing courses―the minimum feature set

March 12, 2014
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Changing courses―the minimum feature set

Steve Blank is a veteran entrepreneur who now teaches entrepreneurship and is known for “the Lean LaunchPad” approach to teaching entrepreneurship as a management science.  As Blank notes, early adopters are more interested in the vision than in an extensive feature set.  Using them to get early feedback on your product will make the development…

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Engagement through online video collaboration

February 10, 2014
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Engagement through online video collaboration

Good teachers know that student engagement makes for a better classroom experience.  In today’s strategy classes, much of the learning activity takes place in groups and through virtual interaction.  Often, the collaboration tools associated with our learning management systems are outdated and make it difficult for real-time sharing.  With the advent of Google+, new tools…

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Lean start-up and MVP―your strategy course

November 1, 2013
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Lean start-up and MVP―your strategy course

Building new courses or revamping existing ones, we are faced with satisfying several stakeholders, some of whom may be in disagreement.  Curriculum committees, standards boards, students, parents, hiring community and alumni are just a few that come to mind.  Designing and building a strategy course takes a significant amount of time and effort.  Often, we…

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Historical perspectives for better strategic thinking

October 1, 2013
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Historical perspectives for better strategic thinking

On a recent trip to Cumberland, MD, I had the opportunity to visit some of the regional historical sites that date back to the Colonial era, when early European settlers pushed out the local Native Americans and established a new trading post.  Disputes between the British and French traders lead to the necessity to defend…

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Plain talk―motivating past the boredom slouch

September 1, 2013
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Plain talk―motivating past the boredom slouch

Have you ever walked into a classroom in the early days of the term and found students already distracted?  Many of the resources in this month’s news blog come from a presentation by Alan November that I attended during this summer’s Core Leadership Summit in Costa Mesa, CA.   In the video clip of November’s TEDxNYED…

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Renewal

August 1, 2013
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Renewal

Summertime gives us an opportunity to renew our energy and enthusiasm for teaching.  Many of us travel for vacation and conferences.  With the changing weather patterns and slower life, we have an opportunity to investigate new teaching techniques and methods for assessing our effectiveness as teachers.  Maryellen Weimer’s article “Learning with students vs. doing for…

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Teaching across the boundaries with images

April 8, 2013
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Teaching across the boundaries with images

On a recent trip to an organic farm in the Southern California highlands, I came across these two women talking under an 1100 year old live oak tree.  Though thirty years separated them and their life histories had little in common, the image captured shows them at ease in their conversation.  The shared moment juxtaposed…

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Linking virtual learning to student free-time

March 11, 2013
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Linking virtual learning to student free-time

A recent article by the PRNewswire reviewed the online and mobile video presentation initiatives currently in place at Babson College.  Using the Brainshark, Inc platform, students and faculty create and exchange virtual multimedia presentations that augment the face to face and online teaching environments.  The cloud-based system is delivered on a variety of mobile devices,…

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