The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2000: §161
| Presentation Information Systems Curriculum
|Recommended Citation: Okolica, C. Chinese and American Students: Analyzing a Case Study in a Virtual Environment. In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2000, v 17 (Philadelphia): §161.
Chinese and American Students: Analyzing a Case Study in a Virtual Environment
In the summer of 1998, Dowling College began an MBA program at Yanshan University, the People's Republic of China. Yanshan University is located in Qinghuandao, a resort city of 500,000 located 150 miles east of Beijing. Yanshan University has over 10,000 students, but no graduate business program. Thirty students, who were required to first pass the TOEFL test, were admitted into the program. The students committed themselves to a year-long residence at Yanshan University. The curriculum in China was identical to the American program of study with one major difference. Instead of having a traditional semester, each course was offered over a four week period. The textbooks were shipped to China before the course began, along with a complete syllabus and required assignments. Students were asked to read a number of chapters and stay in email contact with the instructor for the first week. The instructor was in China for two weeks, during which classes were actually taught. Classes met for 3 hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. At the end of the two week period, the instructor went home and the students completed work on remaining assignments. The author taught the core IS course in the MBA program, both in China and in the U.S. during the Spring, 1999 semester. Each American student was teamed with a Chinese student and asked to work together on a case study analysis.
Keywords: virtual teams, MBA IS core course, IS curriculum issues
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