Kay McLennan, Ph.D.

Professor of Practice, Business Studies

Tulane's School of Continuing Studies

 
  
 
Q: Why take an online course?

A: Online learning offers many advantages at the same time researchers have concluded there is no significant difference when it comes to the quality of the learning experience when online courses are compared to traditional face-to-face courses -- see the "No Significant Difference Phenomenon" by Thomas L. Russell companion web site.

Looking specifically at the advantages of online learning:

  • Online learning provides students with more scheduling flexibility when the learning activities are asynchronous;
  • Students save time by not commuting to and from campus classes;
  • By eliminating the time and place constraints of typical face-to-face courses, online course-related materials can be more customized and expansive; and
  • Student-centered learning typically translates into greater student interactivity and engagement.

Watch the video @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTArd5yfRnc

Q: Is online learning for you?

A: At the same time online learning is appealing to many students, some students continue to prefer face-to-face learning. When considering whether online learning is right for you, keep in mind how distance learning cannot provide the same types of friendships and extracurricular activities/learning that are typical in campus-based classes.

Also, in addition to the minimum computer and software capabilities listed above, each student enrolled in an Internet-based course will need:

  • An interest in utilizing the Internet as a distance education mode;
  • Self-motivation – with an on-line course students need to take the initiative to review the online course materials, keep up with the reading and project assignments and participate in the on-line discussions; and
  • Adequate written communication skills to communicate effectively through the mediums of essay submissions, e-mail, and “chat” discussions. While the instructor for Internet-based courses is available almost “on-demand” through e-correspondence and e-office hours, being comfortable with written communication is an imperative for distance education students.
     


 
 
 
 

Teaching Schedule

 
 

Summer 2016

Business Ethics [BSMT 3380, section 10 (Online) -- [A completely online course.] A theoretical critique and case oriented analysis of the moral, ethical, and value issues that challenge business, industry, and corporate life. Further, students enrolled in this course are encouraged to work towards discovering ethical principles and strategies applicable to the management process. To learn more, click here to watch the video clip entitled, "Why Study Business Ethics?"

Economics of Health and Wellness [HLWL-3600-10 (Online)] -- [A completely online course.] Starting with a review of basic economics concepts, this course provides an introduction to the application of economic theory to the field of health and wellness. In particular, students will study the individual as a producer of health/wellness and as a consumer of healthcare services. Also, the role of physicians, hospitals, insurance providers, and the government in the health and medical care marketplace will be examined. Finally, the role of universal insurance and international comparisons of the efficiency and effectiveness of health care systems will be studied.

Economics for Nonmajors  [CSEC 1000, section 10 (Online) -- [A completely online course.] Students enrolled in this course will study the basic theories and techniques of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics is the study of individual actors in the economy, including households, business firms, and governments. Macroeconomics is concerned with the behavior of the entire economy, including total output, total employment, and the overall price level. To learn more, click here to watch the video clip entitled, "Why Study Economics?".

Fall 2016

Applied Strategic Management [BSMT 2200, section 10 (Online) -- [Integrated cross-focus seminar course for Business Studies students.] Explore the interrelationships of managerial decisions and actions to business competitiveness using a case study approach. Particular attention is paid to the interrelations between different business functions, including human resources, marketing, operations, and finance. Also, exchanges between businesses, businesses and individuals, businesses and government, and businesses and society are studies in an interactive framework. Finally, explore the role of technology and global environment on the [changing] landscape of business competitiveness. Open to Business Studies students that have completed 30 hours and other students (after obtaining the approval of the Director of the Business Studies program).

Business Ethics [BSMT 3380, section 10 (Online) -- [A completely online course.] A theoretical critique and case oriented analysis of the moral, ethical, and value issues that challenge business, industry, and corporate life. Further, students enrolled in this course are encouraged to work towards discovering ethical principles and strategies applicable to the management process. To learn more, click here to watch the video clip entitled, "Why Study Business Ethics?"

Economics for Nonmajors  [CSEC 1000, section 10 (Online) -- [A completely online course.] Students enrolled in this course will study the basic theories and techniques of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics is the study of individual actors in the economy, including households, business firms, and governments. Macroeconomics is concerned with the behavior of the entire economy, including total output, total employment, and the overall price level. To learn more, click here to watch the video clip entitled, "Why Study Economics?".