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Innovative Teaching that Prepares Students for the World

Our faculty are known for their deep commitment to and love of teaching. Even many of our researchers spend time in the classroom. True excellence in teaching requires a constant understanding of how new generations learn. The modern generation learns most effectively through experience; therefore, we will provide new and innovative teaching and experiential learning practices and places to prepare students for leadership in a fast-changing world. 

Students and the Educational Experience
    Keith Sawyer, professor in the UNC School of Education, is photographed on June 30, 2017, at the BeAM makerspace in Murray Hall in Chapel Hill. Sawyer is a Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

    The world moves faster than ever. Education needs to do more than just keep up, but help lead the way. 

    That’s why UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School is changing the learning landscape through emerging technologies, including virtual reality. In March 2017, UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty members David Hofmann and Steven King traveled with M.B.A. ’18 student Tanyi Fuoching to his home country of Cameroon.

    The mission: to get footage for a ground-breaking business simulation in which students will make a series of decisions as part of their assignment to set up a new health-care outpost in a foreign country. Meaning that a tricky endeavor which was previously hindered by geography and politics can now be a part of every student’s learning experience.

    “Being the best business school in the future looks nothing like it is now,” said Douglas A. Shackelford, dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler. “The more we can maximize the use of technology to link intellectual experiences with emotional ones, the greater the impact on our students’ education — and their lives.” 

     

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