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It’s no surprise that the Business School at CU Denver immediately got to work on alternative class plans and career strategies. After all, flexibility is a necessary ingredient for any thriving business. Interim Dean Gary Colbert, PhD, gave us information on various projects in the works.
Business Faculty Go Remote in a Flash
Within just a few days, Business faculty moved approximately 200 face-to-face courses to remote teaching/learning. The other 100 or so Business classes were already fully online. For the many faculty who teach both online and traditional classes, the transition to remote was straightforward. For faculty who teach traditional classes exclusively, the transition would have been more difficult. However, Business IT staff, Digital Education staff, and “buddy faculty” were recruited to help the professors adapt quickly. The Business School is now identifying and sharing best practices that can be deployed now and in the future.
Global Energy Management Program Organizes 3-Day Webinar
The Global Energy Management Program (GEM) created a three-day webinar using alumni, GEM faculty, and Advisory Council members as industry experts. Scheduled for April 9, April 23, and May 7, the GEM Webinar Series is titled “On the Road to Energy Transformation.” Current GEM students, alumni, stakeholders, and community members can attend the webinar. Topics include new energy markets, career resilience, supply chain impacts of COVID-19, and strategizing for Black Swan events in energy.
Business Career Connections Puts Workshops on Canvas
Business Career Connections (BCC) put their video workshops on Canvas. Students who can’t attend workshops (at the moment, that’s everyone) can access these career services through the online class, hosted on Canvas. Undergraduate and graduate students received an invitation to the BCC “course,” which is free, not required, and not for credit but houses “a substantial amount of BCC content (sample resumes, sample cover letters, career guides, industry data sheets, interview tips, etc.).” BCC Director Sue Wyman and Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development Maggie Graham sent invitations to all current students. “To date, 2500 students (90% acceptance rate) joined the Canvas shell,” Dean Colbert said. BCC is also hosting live weekly Career Conversations on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
Business Undergraduate Advising Institutes Zoom
Since going to remote work on March 16, 2020, Business Undergraduate Advising has been advising students via email and phone. They have gone one step further by integrating Zoom, the video conferencing service. Courtney Burkett, one of the undergraduate business advisors, explains why Zoom is helpful: “It allows students who are more visual learners and prefer face-to-face interactions to still have that experience, even when we’re remote.” Zoom allows advisors to share their screen with students, a tool that helps advisors “walk students through specific processes when needed,” Burkett said.
Business Admissions Creates Solution to Address Testing Center Closures
When Business Admissions learned that testing centers were being closed, they came up with an innovative solution. First, they emailed all applicants “to let them know that we were aware the GMAT/GRE/TOEF/IELTS testing centers have closed and that we were there to help them with solutions,” explains Shelly Townley, director of admissions. While they are not waiving test scores completely, the Business School is asking applicants to submit screen shots of their practice exams. It’s a creative, relatively low-tech improvisation to avoid delayed applications.