Impact Using new ways to deliver information outside of class changes the professor's role during class.
Full-time Wisconsin MBA students will have new opportunities for deep dives into the application of macroeconomic concepts to real-world business problems during class when the required five-week “Macroeconomics for Managers” course transitions from a traditional lecture-style to a blended format.
Thanks to investments in new technology and partnerships across campus, associate professor and textbook author Morris Davis is rethinking how, where, and when he delivers the information in his curriculum, transitioning from “sage on stage” to a “coach in the midst” approach.
This spring, he will ask his students to watch professionally-produced lectures outside of class via online courseware, and then focus classroom time on connecting concepts to current events and real-world business decisions.
This model will enable faculty to better utilize their time and energy on preparing for and responding to in-class discussions and student analysis, and that overall classroom activity becomes more meaningful to the students.