Increasing the Amount of Instructor Contact for Engaging Online IB-MBA Course

AIB – Southeast 2022


Join Workshop Leader: Dr. P. Roberto Garcia

Even before the recent Covid-19 global health pandemic forced universities around the globe to switch from face-to-face education to online delivery in the 2020-2021 schoolyear, many business school faculty were already feeling pressured to offer more online courses. The reality of business education today is that now virtually all faculty are facing the necessity to teach our courses online. Thus, business professors today need to be familiar with the tools and techniques available for online education. However, a “set it and forget it” approach to online content is far from sufficient. Now that most instructors have created online versions of many of their courses, we have realized that accreditation boards and students are expecting comparable levels of instructor contact as in the in-person versions of our courses. This workshop will highlight the key ingredients for an effective and engaging online course. This session will describe an approach to teaching online courses in a way that attempts to overcome many of the disadvantages of e-Learning. It will provide several examples and recommendations for increasing the total contact time of an instructor in order to meet the demand of accreditation standards and student expectations. A key issue to be addressed will be the lack of student interaction which might lead to a feeling of isolation and a perception of stale and boring content and materials. The approach to be described has been developed over a 20-year span at a premier MBA program and has resulted in a high level of engagement among scores of online students. Instructors will benefit by the possibility of incorporating several tools and tips for a more effective and enjoyable online teaching experience. Students will benefit by having more faculty using a more engaging and stimulating set of teaching techniques in their online courses.

This 90 minute workshop is sure to provide teaching tips which can be readily applied.

More about Dr. Roberto Garcia:

Pedagogy Workshop Speaker

Dr. Roberto Garcia

P. Roberto Garcia is the Young-Jin Kim Clinical Professor of International Business in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He also serves as Faculty Director for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). He currently teaches various International Business courses in the Undergraduate, Kelley Direct-Online (MBA), and Executive Education programs.

Garcia holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in International Business with a functional area minor in Organizational Behavior and an MBA from the University of Toledo, Ohio (International Business). He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Psychology. Before going on to pursue a Ph.D., Dr. Garcia gained significant experience by consulting for well-known organizations including, GM, Ford, Chrysler, ALCOA, Philips, AT&T, Wendy’s International, Edwards                                                       Brothers Printing, Kimball International, U.S. Department of Justice, Manitowoc, Cummins Inc., Eli Lilly, etc.