The Online Renaissance in Graduate Business Education

Concurrent Session 1

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

This session will reveal examples of  innovative online teaching  at two graduate business programs that are creating "21st century" approaches to digital transformation, addressing Roos'  call in the Harvard Business Review for a "Renaissance" in business education. 


Peter Ariev is the Associate Director of Teaching Development at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business. He has served as an associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Chair of the Education Specialties Department at Loyola University Maryland His scholarship addresses characteristics of teacher education programs, the role of 'performance-based' assessment in teacher development, and the use of teaching portfolios to promote professional development for higher education faculty. His work has highlighted the role of assessment in promoting student learning, the political context of teacher education reform, and the complex challenges underlying institutional change. Dr. Rennert-Ariev was the recipient of the University of Maryland’s School of Education Outstanding New Scholar award in 2009. Dr. Rennert-Ariev’s research has appeared in publications such as Teachers College Record, The Journal of Teacher Education, Teacher Education and Practice, and The Journal of Curriculum Studies and he has presented his work at various educational conferences including the American Educational Research Association, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the National Media Education Conference, and the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Dr. Rennert-Ariev has been involved in mentoring university faculty in developing teaching portfolios and his analysis of the role of teaching portfolios in higher education appears in the recent book The Teaching Portfolio (4th ed) , published by Jossey-Bass.

Extended Abstract

This session will reveal examples of  innovative digital transformation at two graduate business programs that are creating "21st century" approaches to online learning, addressing Roos' (2014)  call in the Harvard Business Review for a "Renaissance" in business education.  A cross-case analysis methodology was used to highlight the ways that two graduate MBA programs have developed approaches to  high quality online teaching that embody Roos' conditions including: 1. the importance of humanity-minded online teaching (putting ethics and the humanities back into business education); 2. individualized learning opportunities; and 3.  "hands-on" and "minds-on" pedagogy.  Using this framework, presenters will highlight ways that the two programs have approached faculty development to ensure high quality online teaching required for a "Renaissance" in 21st century business education. Several practical examples will be shown to demonstrate how faculty work with instructional designers to create coherent course designs and pedagogical approaches that increase communication and collaboration among students, integrate digitally recorded class sessions, and deepen online student learning through a variety of  digitally-enhanced strategies. Several examples will be shown of ways that faculty have integrated in their teaching uses of Voicethread (for asynchronous collaboration),  GoogleHangouts (for web conferencing) and Panopto (for lecture- and  screen- capture). Implications and challenges for cultivating high-quality online teaching in business education will be discussed.