Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Handling mobile phone calls during a class

A colleague sent me this link on how a professor (in Asia) reacted to a student picking up the phone and answering during a lecture.

Is this the way to go forward?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Another year begins!

European schools usually start their academic year about a month after US schools do. Tomorrow it 's my turn and I begin teaching the Capital Markets course to 1st MBA students. It is always exciting to meet a new class and get to know students.

For those of you visiting the blog for the first time, welcome! I hope you like what you read and keep coming back!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tips on Lectures

One of my colleagues sent me this very interesting video with tips/comments on how to improve the quality of lectures. This link below contains the full list of videos at Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning


Hat tip to JCVD.

Friday, September 10, 2010

MBA Rankings

I love rankings and this post here, by the guy who created the Busines Week one, analyzes the big MBA rankings out there. IESE makes #1 in the Economist ranking, but this seems to be the worst ranked of all.

To be honest, I think IESE has one of the best but not the best MBAs in the world. We have some top-notch departments and a few characteristics that makes us unique in the world.

That said, I believe that the writer has the usual U.S. bias in his analysis, downplaying European schools a bit.

My two cents on this is that the top 3 things are:
  1. Salary 2-3 years after graduation (PPP-adjusted)
  2. Student diversity (US schools could do better here, IMHO)
  3. Faculty commitment (tough to measure but it makes a world of a difference to students)
Any opinions?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Another Interesting Graph

One of interesting (and bad) features of this recession in the US is the much larger increases in unemployment. This graph here from calculatedrisk.com is interesting:

Not only employment fell by more than other recessions, but it is been taking longer than others to recover.