Help for Teaching Strategy Courses in a Virtual World


  • Larry Chasteen University of Texas at Dallas


Due to COVID-19, almost all university instruction has gone online (either synchronous, asynchronous, or a combination of both). Online instruction has existed for many years but was mainly asynchronous with some web conferences for interaction with students. With new tools such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, synchronous classes have supplemented (or replaced) the previous asynchronous online classes. Either of these methods are especially difficult for a strategy course since many professors use simulations in their course. Professors must make sure each student understands the simulation as well as how the simulation relates to the strategy process covered in strategy textbooks. In a classroom or lab setting, the professor could walk around the class to see what the students are doing and to answer questions in real-time. Online presents more challenges, but if the simulation “matches” the chosen textbook, it makes the professor’s job much easier.






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