Innovative Curriculum Conference (In-Person)

Join your peers in Salt Lake City, Utah! Hear from a diverse range of schools as they share strategies for effective assurance of learning and insights for overcoming an environment of intense competition, financial constraints, employer expectations, multiple accreditors, virtual program delivery and diverse technologies.
May 16​ – 18​
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The Online Learning Affinity Group aims to be a highly participative forum for sharing ideas and expertise on various issues and topics in online and blended learning. In this session, we will host a facilitated discussion on Diversity and Inclusive Teaching in Online and Blended Learning. Come to this session prepared to share your practices, questions, and challenges with the facilitators and the group.
Ginger Killian
Associate Professor of Marketing
Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College
Lucian Tipi
Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, College of Business, Technology and Engineering
Sheffield Hallam University
Tawnya Means
Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation, Chief Learning Officer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Meet and greet your peers to discuss the biggest trends in business and how they are driving curriculum change.
Michele Gee
Dean, College of Business, Economics, and Computing
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
The recent COVID-19 pandemic and other recent developments have brought the supply chain to the attention of everyone. Increasingly, we need to ensure that our students see supply chain connections across disciplines and courses across the curriculum. Additionally, supply chains create societal impact. Presenters will share the importance of including supply chain in curriculum and why we need to expose the students to a wide aspect of topics in order to properly prepare them for the future.
Christine Opatrny-Yazell
Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management
University of Central Missouri
Joe Walden
Associate Teaching Professor
University of Kansas
Today, graduate students in business must understand the bigger picture of how a digital economy operates and where innovation is going. The dynamic digital economy demands more people who combine excellent soft skills with business acumen and contemporary technical expertise. It’s no longer sufficient to prepare students who can interact with technology experts. Business grads must be the technology experts and digital value creators. This session will share how schools can include data analytics and technology into their programs in order to be eligible for designation as a STEM MBA program.
Nichole Miller
Assistant Dean, Jenkins MBA Program. Poole College of Management
North Carolina State University
Paul North
Executive Director of Graduate Programs, Fisher College of Business
The Ohio State University
Reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and network with the exhibitors. Relax and enjoy the company of your colleagues before the conference gets underway.
Every institution is trying to find the balance between developing unique student-centered, mission-linked online courses and the limitations of time and resources. While some schools adopt generic third-party course content, our schools have focused on creating in-house instructional design and faculty partnerships. In this session, you’ll hear the faculty perspective and instructional design perspective on solutions at their institutions, such as mentoring resources that turn faculty into their own instructional designers, course design process agreements, and course design rubrics. We’ll discuss how we ensure course standardization and quality while also enabling faculty to use their expertise and individual content.
Beth Shepherd
Director of Instructional Design, Poole College of Management
North Carolina State University
Omer Topaloglu
Associate Professor of Marketing, Silberman College of Business
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Speakers will share best practices for job searching, career building and ownership to prepare students for the global marketplace. Learn teachable strategies that will help each student highlight the skills and attributes that differentiate him or her and assist them in taking ownership of their career. Elevate your program’s reputation and learn how to best support your students’ personal, professional, and leadership development.
Brandon Johnson
Executive Director of Academic Resources
St. Cloud State University
Dorothy Billingsly
Boyden Global Executive Search
Join us for a conference welcome message followed by Keynote I: Preparing Learners for Societal Impact. How do schools prepare learners to be effective and compassionate leaders that appreciate and manage the societal impact of business? Many organizations are creating new positions that focus on societal impact or CSR roles, such as climate change risks and sustainability. At the same time, organizations recognize that these foci are important not just for those in specific Social Impact roles, but also for all and every member of the organization. The overarching goal of this session is to examine how Business Schools can best prepare their graduates to meet these social impact imperatives across all functions in the organization. This keynote panel will share best practices in curriculum design, experiential learning opportunities, and career management. Examples will include how curricula can be reshaped to include appreciation of non-financial performance goals and indicators (SDGs, ESGs) in addition to tradition financial measures; how experiential and action learning can support the learning of these new skills and perspectives, and how companies approach recruiting, onboarding and developing a workforce equipped with knowledge on topics like sustainability and social impact.
Frederic Brunel
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, Questrom Business School
Boston University
Natalya Delcoure
Dean, College of Business Administration
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Robyn Fehrman
President and CEO
Roderick Adams
Principal, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding Leader
In this session, the presenters will discuss how teaching online has informed the future of education along the following dimensions: program design, curricular innovation, student engagement, and continuous improvement. Presenters will share key opportunities in offering programs in multiple formats while also highlighting the challenges of maintaining high-quality programs across various formats. Presenters will compare the curriculum, faculty involvement, student engagement, and resources for innovative program delivery among different modalities. Attendees will leave this session feeling confident in their ability to successfully redesign courses for various modalities, including the efforts of rewriting learning objectives, rethinking how to assess students and redesigning learning activities.
David Wood
Executive Director of Ivey Publishing and Lecturer
Ivey Business School
Michele Gee
Dean, College of Business, Economics, and Computing
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
In this session presenters will share best practices in working across programs and campuses to build and deliver signature experiential opportunities and interdisciplinary programs. They will share how partnerships, especially with industry, can create opportunities for learners.
Kali Wilson Cseke
Experiential Learning Manager
University of Victoria
Rashmi Jain
Professor, Information Management and Business Analytics
Montclair State University
How can business schools offer innovative curriculum more quickly to meet the needs of today's learner? Both employers and employees are looking for shorter, more flexible program options that enable learners to build requisite skills and competencies when and as needed. This session will focus on how organizations and business schools can optimize modules, badges, and certificates for today’s learners with an emphasis on building successful and creative partnerships and collaborations with alumni and industry to achieve this. We will welcome participants to share ideas from your campus during this interactive session.
Jennifer Maden
Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Studies, Rohrer College of Business
Rowan University
MaryAnne Hyland
Interim Dean, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
Adelphi University
How Emerging Disruptive Digital Technologies such as datafication, AI and immersive simulations are going to impact the future of management education? The higher education landscape is constantly being affected by emerging digital technologies and to create future-ready managerial talent, business schools must incorporate technologies into their educational provision. In this session presenters will share exemplary initiatives that demonstrate the potential of using such technologies and share views on how this will impact management education in the longer term.
David Lefevre
Director, Educational Technology Unit
Imperial College London
Martin Rodriguez Jugo
Director of IE Publishing and Executive Education Online
IE Business School
The 2020 accreditation standards’ introduction of a requirement to include indirect measures in the AOL process presents a new challenge as well as an opportunity to many schools. Most schools utilize indirect measures for other purposes but do not employ them intentionally or strategically in their AOL processes. They may even be altogether unaware of the indirect data already being collected. Indirect measures gathering stakeholder input about programs can provide meaningful and informative data to improve programs or support the creation of new programs. However, indirect measures must be strategically incorporated into the AOL process to realize the full return on their investment. This session will clarify the distinction between direct and indirect measures, help participants consider how to strategically utilize indirect measures to efficiently and effectively gather meaningful data, and discuss different types of stakeholders and indirect measures. Participants will begin completing an inventory of their school’s current indirect measures and will begin developing a strategy for the intentional incorporation of indirect measures in their AOL process. Participants will also discuss how to best capture the incorporation in indirect measures in the AOL process as part of their documentation process for accreditation reviews.
Anthony Devine
Associate Director of Learning and Teaching
University of Glasgow
Karen Tarnoff
Associate Dean, Assurance of Learning and International Programs
East Tennessee State University
Especially in times of change, institutions must engage in systematic program assessment practices that measure achievement of learning competencies. Leveraging assessment insights, programs set themselves on the path toward continuous improvement. Hear how the MFT for Business can help you create a sustainable future for your program.
Christine MacKrell
Regional Sales Manager
Educational Testing Service
A recent curriculum survey by the MBA Roundtable found that almost half of all surveyed schools haven’t changed curriculum in at least 5 years. While this could be related to the challenges of institutional curricular processes, this session will share an incremental change process whereby programs can remain current and relevant. The session will be interactive, seeking examples and ideas from participants.
Ginger Killian
Associate Professor of Marketing
Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College
Jeff Bieganek
Executive Director
MBA Roundtable
Tawnya Means
Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation, Chief Learning Officer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This session will prepare participants with action steps to move curricular improvements through their institutions. Presenters will demonstrate how Kotter’s 8 Step for managing change led two business programs through successful, large-scale curricular upgrades. As presenters reflect on their experiences, they will focus on how they used several of Kotter’s 8 steps to: create an urgent need for change; get the right faculty and staff in the guiding coalition; use assessment to create a vision for change; and apply communication strategies to get input and commitment from key stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and students who may be distributed across campuses.
Jessica Franson
MBA Consortium Managing Director
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Thomas Tripp
Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Carson College of Business
Washington State University
In this session presenters will discuss how accounting programs can enhance their curriculum with emerging technologies, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to better prepare students for the changing professional landscape. Presenters will demonstrate how schools or departments can make such changes even if they have very few, if any, faculty members who are "experts" in current and emerging technology. The session will include active participation and discussion in order to share experiences and best practices.
Kathleen Bakarich
Assistant Professor
Hofstra University
Yvonne Hinson
American Accounting Association
Join us to learn about the details of the MBA Roundtable's recent survey, The Graduate Business School Curriculum with details on more than 300 graduate business programs from 104 business schools that shared details of their graduate business school curriculum across 48 areas of study and provided insight into the student’s experience. Discover what makes up today's GME curriculum and discuss what trends and changes may be coming to it in the future.
Jeff Bieganek
Executive Director
MBA Roundtable
In this session, the presenters will share how you can bring inclusive thinking into all parts of online / hybrid program development – from design and refining your course based on learners’ experience, to curriculum, course design and accessibility.
Christie Novak
Director of Accounting Programs
Le Moyne College
Jesus Canelon
Assistant Professor, Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration
California State University, San Bernardino
How do schools prepare learners to be ethical and compassionate leaders? Presenters will share best practices in reshaping business school curricula to include E.S.G. (environmental, social, and governance) so students can enter the workforce equipped with knowledge on topics like sustainability and equity.
Colin Read
Professor of Economics and Finance, School of Business and Economics
State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
Vianka Miranda
Assistant Professor of Finance in the College of Business and Technology
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
As higher education and business education continue to navigate the pandemic, the role of teaching and learning is increasingly important for continuity and academic innovation. From innovative ways to engage in in-person learning, delivering hybrid and virtual classes, use of established and emerging technologies, and forays into virtual and augmented reality, the volume of possibilities are limitless. It is this limitless potential that underscores the need for leadership and approaches to partnering with faculty and staff in creating the best possible learning experiences for students. A group of teaching and learning leaders from business schools around the world, who have been meeting regularly since January 2020, will share some of their school's approaches to these issues.
Daniel Gruber
Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, W. P. Carey School of Business
Arizona State University
David Wood
Executive Director of Ivey Publishing and Lecturer
Ivey Business School
Lucian Tipi
Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, College of Business, Technology and Engineering
Sheffield Hallam University
Sara Denize
Associate Dean, Education
University of Technology Sydney
Tawnya Means
Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation, Chief Learning Officer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This session will highlight how curriculum review is a key part of continuous improvement and provides the opportunity to innovate current practices. Presenters will discuss how to provide curriculum that is current, relevant, forward-looking, and globally oriented. They will share best practices for utilizing industry partnerships to ensure learners are being prepared to meet industry needs.
Troy D'Ambrosio
Assistant Dean, David Eccles School of Business
University of Utah
Vlad Griskevicius
Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program, Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota