Whether it’s online courses, videos, plays, or songs, Canadian business schools have been moving beyond the traditional lecture to other methods of learning.
In fact, a 2017 survey of colleges and universities in Canada reported an 11-per-cent rise in online course delivery between 2011 and 2016 and an increase in blended learning (online and traditional) to make classes more engaging and interactive.
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Ivey Professor Fraser Johnson tells The Globe and Mail one of his most popular in-class assignments involves having students make short presentations – a play, a song, or some other vehicle than a PowerPoint presentation – to demonstrate their grasp of the theoretical concepts taught in class.
“As a general rule, the less talking I do and the more talking the students do, the better the class is,” he says.