Bringing Technology into the Classroom: Some Thoughts
for Business School Faculty
Last revised on January 3, 2000
I. Importance of Technology to Business Schools
Business school leaders believe "technology" is important for recruiting
and placing students.
BUT they often lack a coherent plan or resources to implement "it".
Being an innovator in using technology in the classroom will not get you
tenured at most universities.
II. Seek "friends" to help you implement technological innovations
Meet people at your university's information service, library, or teaching
center to learn how they can help you.
Encourage students to use support services, such as a computer help desk
or reference librarian, to assist with navigation skills.
Set realistic goals on what you can accomplish each semester.
III. Teaching computer research skills
Develop students' skills in using research databases
"Instead of giving them a fish, teach them how to fish."
Choosing the appropriate target publication
Choosing efficient and effective search techniques (key word, topical,
See my article, "Implementing Electronic Tax Research in a University Environment,"
with JoTisa Klemm, Issues in Accounting Education, vol. 11, Spring
1996, pp. 95-110.
Scavenger hunts using free Web sites such as http://www.taxsites.com/
Encourage university libraries to subscribe to Web-based research services
to provide better access for off-campus students than CD-ROM or paper services.
For example, Web-based tax research from RIA Checkpoint at
or CCH at http://tax.cch.com/
Financial statement research services at http://www.willyancey.com/firmdata.htm
IV. Browse the Web to see what other faculty are doing
A few examples out of hundreds of interesting sites:
Directories of syllabi and other course materials
Examples of course home pages
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