Jenny Herbert Creek
Designing Financial Models that Work (EWMBA 236G, MBA 236G)
Financial Statement Modeling (EWMBA 236H, MBA 236H)
What educational technologies would you recommend for teaching remotely?
I recommend Kahoot! – students love it because the interface is fun, and it “gamifies” the learning experience. What I appreciate most, though, is that it gets everyone in the class engaged and participating in real time. The upgraded plan allows you to use features like Word Cloud, which is a great way to get qualitative participation quickly. I also integrate lecture slides into the Kahoot! quiz, so that I can present content during the exercises while students are engaged with Kahoot!
How was your experience working with Haas Digital?
Fernando has always been incredibly responsive and has helped me make tweaks to my bCourses sites, such as adding the CidiLabs templates.
What advice would you share with your fellow faculty members about teaching online?
Just like an in-person class, begin with the end in mind: what are your primary learning objectives for the course? What are the most important learnings or skills you want the students to take away from the class? When your learning objectives are clear, evaluate the tools available and determine which tools and class exercises will best support these objectives. It may be that your course design in an online environment uses different exercises or content to best take advantage of the online modality. For example, I use more paired discussions online because the Zoom breakout rooms feature makes it far more efficient to have multiple sets of partners than when we are in-person. I try to approach the online course design as an opportunity to create new experiences for my students, rather than simply presenting my in-person content via Zoom.
For me, the most challenging part of teaching online is losing the informal opportunities to connect with and get to know students individually, such as during class transition times or in the hallways. To help with this, I use Calendly to create an office hours calendar in 15 minute increments, and provide dozens of appointments each week. I encourage students to sign up even if they have a simple question or just want to introduce themselves – this has allowed me to connect to them on an individual basis, which is hard to do in the larger Zoom classes.