online learning initiatives
Online essentials courses offer new
students academic edge
School continues to partner with its students to deliver academic
innovations that best meet student expectation and needs.
of this agenda, Kellogg recently launched three more online
learning modules that enable incoming students to review concepts
in microeconomics, statistics, accounting and mathematics
in preparation for the academic rigor of enrollment at Kellogg.
The Web courses, developed in conjunction with Chicago-based
Learning Insights, are taught by Kellogg School faculty who
are experts in their respective disciplines.
Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences Peter
Klibanoff helped design Statistics Essentials, while Associate
Deans for Academic Affairs David Besanko and Robert Magee
helped create the Microeconomics and Accounting Essentials
courses, respectively. Scott McKeon, senior lecturer in decision
sciences, spearheaded the Mathematics Essentials course.
Grimsted, associate dean for finance, planning and technology,
noted that while students have clamored for these online interactive
modules, these prep courses are not intended to replace for-credit
courses, but to level the playing field among all incoming
students, so that initial class time can be used most effectively.
In addition, she said, the courses serve as resources for
students to revisit any time throughout their Kellogg career.
courses are highly interactive, including audio commentary
by Kellogg School faculty and Flash animation, explained
Grimsted, adding that an important aspect of the Online Essentials
series was their dual-channel delivery via the
Internet as well as on CD.
Student response has been very positive. They enjoy
the flexibility of working through the courses at their own
pace, and appreciate the convenience of the CD versions.
Essentials are designed to provide students with key fundamental
concepts and then tailor these concepts to fit best within
the context of the Kellogg School curriculum.
McKeon said he researched the Kellogg core curriculum to learn
what common mathematical elements students were using across
all the schools departments, and then designed more
than 200 screens to communicate 16 important themes. The course
takes approximately 23 hours to complete. Other modules require
4-6 hours to finish.
courses allow students to learn by making mistakes without
incurring any harm, said Magee, who noted that Accounting
Essentials introduces three financial reports and shows interrelationships
among them, familiarizing students with accounting terminology
and the methods used to construct financial reports.
Essentials courses can be found by navigating the Academics
and Faculty pages of the Kellogg School Web site, or
by following the links located under Online Resources
on the Student