Posts Tagged ‘ course design ’

Enriching the discussion through protocols

May 1, 2015
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Enriching the discussion through protocols

Discussions, whether online or in face to face classrooms, are important teaching tools in strategy courses.  Structuring these discussions so that learning expectations are achieved and can be assessed is the big challenge that needs further exploration. Several good sources of formats can be found online.  A couple are listed in the links below. Keeping…

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When accessibility laws and technology constraints disrupt strategy course design

April 8, 2015
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When accessibility laws and technology constraints disrupt strategy course design

Many strategic management courses today use online simulation games to provide experiential learning components to the course content.  Appropriate simulation games are created using non-accessible flash that cannot be converted or read by any software that blind students use to read websites.  When the course learning activities involve teams and materials that can only be…

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Grading and some lessons from the “Stealth Flipper”

March 3, 2015
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Grading and some lessons from the “Stealth Flipper”

Flipped classrooms are no longer new concepts. Whether with one lecture or with an entire course, several concerns need to be addressed.  The “Stealth Flipper” conducts large classes at the University of Texas-Austin.  Maintaining engagement and assuring learning are two difficult tasks that might seem to be contradictory.  This professor found that telling students the…

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Shaking up the course with Tec-Variety

February 1, 2015
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Shaking up the course with Tec-Variety

Every once in a while a compendium of ideas crosses my desk that obliges me to think about how I can vary my course activities within the constraints of a very short term calendar.  Whether my course is a face to face or online course, I always have some component of online learning to increase…

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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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