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Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar

Maintaining Impact While Increasing Reach: Technology-Based Strategies for Larger Classes

Dr. Charles E. Downing
Dr. Charles E. Downing

Charles E. Downing, Ph.D.
Department of Operations Management and Information Systems

Distinguished Teaching Professor

In challenging fiscal times, larger class section sizes often become more common. As the number of students enrolled in a course section increases, one way to continue to deliver a quality educational experience for our students is through the creative use of technology. In this seminar, Dr. Downing will present and discuss various technology-based methods he has used to attempt to maintain impact (quality educational experience) while increasing reach (number of students per section). Techniques discussed will include clickers, web-based operationalization of students helping students, media-rich interactive online materials, event credit, and student-produced video tutorials.

Charles E. Downing is the Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems in the College of Business at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Downing researches, teaches and consults in Technology Strategy, Data Analytics, and Information Systems Analysis, Design and Development. His articles have appeared in top business journals, including: Communications of the ACM, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, Journal of Global Information Management, The Journal of Information Technology Management, Information Systems Management and others. Dr. Downing has provided consulting services to all varieties of organizations, including: Chicago Title & Trust, Ernst & Young, Northern Trust Corporation, Walmart and others in the planning, deployment and usage of technology. Professor Downing received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and prior to his current position was a tenured Associate Professor at Boston College.

In his 22 years as a professor, Dr. Downing has taught over 10,000 students, including section sizes as small as 10 and as large as 310.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
University Suite, Holmes Student Center
11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m., Refreshments
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m., Presentation and Q&A

No registration is required—Everyone is welcome!


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Last Updated: 1/5/2016