How Is Technology Changing the Business Curriculum?

Business educators must be creative in the way they teach to ensure that their students learn how to succeed in the digital age and beyond.
When BizEd magazine published its first issue in November/December 2001, web-based learning had just started to become mainstream in business education. One of the first articles I wrote for BizEd, “On the Right Tech Track,” emphasized how technological advancement was accelerating and how difficult it was becoming for business schools to keep up with the pace.
“If you think about it, life was much easier when you could walk into a classroom with only a piece of chalk,” said Anne Massey, now a professor of information systems at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. Massey noted that in “a fully wired classroom, all this technology at your fingertips, all these resources over the Internet, and all of these students with laptops—suddenly you have to be more creative in terms of capitalizing on those opportunities.”

Today, it’s all about wireless technology instead of wired. Professors and students are using the Internet to interact over social and professional networks, not just to access resources. And many classrooms have been flipped so that knowledge transfer occurs outside the classroom, rather than within it. But one thing has stayed absolutely the same: Business educators must be just as creative in the way they teach to ensure that their students learn how to succeed in the digital age and beyond.

Mark Fenton O’Creevy emphasizes that need for creativity in a recent interview for the AACSB Blog. “We need to remember the C in ICT: information and communications technologies. Good teaching is about dialogue between professor and student, between student and student, between different perspectives on a subject, and between theories and practices,” he says. “Getting to that level of engagement requires skilled learning design, expertise in the subject, and significant interaction with students.” Fenton O’Creevy envisions a future in which business schools work more closely with learning designers and media specialists; faculty become more adept at curating content from outside sources, not just relying on their own expertise; and we all view online technologies as a boon to human-to-human interaction, not a distraction from it.

This process promises to be a transformative one for business education—one that can only be enriched when educators share what they learn along the way.

To that end, what lessons have your faculty learned as they have experimented with and adopted new classroom technologies? What have been your biggest challenges and your greatest successes? How do you foresee technology affecting the way your faculty teach and your students learn in the next five years? These are all questions we will be exploring in our next #BizEdChat on Twitter on Tuesday, May 31 at 1 p.m. ET (5 p.m. GMT).

During the hour, participants will share perspectives and ideas on integrating technology into their teaching, in the physical classroom and online. Under the @BizEdMag handle, BizEd’s editors Sharon Shinn and Tricia Bisoux will be moderating the discussion, which will be structured around the questions below:

Q1: What are common barriers your business school faces in adopting new IT for the classroom?

Q2: How do you work around these barriers to introduce new technology to your classrooms?

Q3: How do you train and support faculty in new technologies? What skills are most crucial?

Q4: How much is too much when it comes to using technology in the classroom? Where is the limit?

Q5: What technology or platform is your best asset in engaging students in your online/blended programs, and why?

Q6: What is your school doing to bring online and f2f students together in a single experience?

Q7: What have you learned not to do when it comes to implementing classroom technology effectively?

Q8: What do you see coming next for future of classroom IT, at your school or for the industry?

We encourage you and other educators at your business school to share their ideas, links, and even video related to these questions central to technological adoption! Just be sure to include the hashtag #BizEdChat in each of your tweets so that other participants see your contributions.

Related Reading

Want to read more about how other schools are implementing technology in their classrooms ahead of #BizEdChat? Just browse through the following tech-related content that has appeared in BizEd magazine and on the AACSB Blog.


On implementing hybrid in-class and online programs

On connecting students online and on campus

On incorporating STEM disciplines in business classrooms

On creating a digital curriculum

On integrating serious games in the classroom

On building a campuswide innovation lab to solve industry problems

On using technology to teach

On the distance education model developed at the Open University Business School


On creating a video vault to support student knowledge

On using clickers in the classroom

On creating videos for executive education

On teaching with e-books

On building online programs

On using social media to engage incoming students

On using gamification in the business school


Charlotte Larkin and Steven Shwiff at Texas A&M University-Commerce separate hype from reality in online education

A Q&A with Mark Fenton-O'Creevy of Open University Business School on the benefits of online learning

AACSB data on trends in MOOC delivery for business education