Posts Tagged ‘ course design ’

Bias and the strategy educator

November 6, 2014
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Africa is a continent full of contrasts.  One of the images that stands out most after my recent trek through Uganda is that of school children running to greet me in every village I passed through.  The educational system is based on the British curriculum, assuming the student can get to school and then pay…

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Teamwork, the contract, the assessment of participation

October 8, 2014
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Teamwork, the contract, the assessment of participation

The modern strategy course involves a significant amount of teamwork, whether in playing simulation games or in preparing case studies. Building effective, efficient teams, in which everyone participates significantly toward the outcome of the project, requires good organizational skills and sincere willingness of all of the participants.  Free-loading temptations cause stress in the team and…

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Strategy class challenge–global leadership development

September 1, 2014
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Strategy class challenge–global leadership development

This month brought the passing of leadership expert, Warren Bennis. A recent study by the American Management Association, in conjunction with the Institute for Corporate Productivity  and Training Magazine, identifies a continuing gap in leadership and general workforce preparedness for global business.  The study suggests: (1) global leaders need local knowledge; (2) collaboration and influence…

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Presentations of learning

August 4, 2014
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Presentations of learning

With so much to accomplish in capstone strategy courses, there never seems to be enough time to celebrate the learning.  Whether on a semester or quarter system, community reflection on learning seems to suffer under the pressure to complete projects and simulation games.  I use a couple of techniques that might be useful for your…

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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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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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Alan November―Changing the ecology of learning

September 1, 2013
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Alan November―Changing the ecology of learning

In this TEDxNYED talk, educator Alan November sets up the argument that students are concerned about conducting purposeful work that leaves a legacy.  The message in this video transfers to college level students in strategy courses.  One of the young students who contributed often to the website “fan fiction” http://www.fanfiction.net/ had poor school grades.  When…

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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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