Many junior Information Systems (IS) faculty members are facing the challenge of how to find time to learn and bring in fresh subject content to classroom teaching beyond textbooks, given the tight constraint of time consumed by multiple teaching preparations, research activities, and various service commitments. We propose the idea of faculty informal self-learning and then sharing the newly acquired knowledge with students in classroom discussions. We describe the initiative of collaborating with our college IT services department for this purpose. More specifically, we invite college IT services staff to give students a campus network tour and a talk on network administration in our telecommunication class, and speak on cloud service and disaster recovery in our MIS club meetings. We also intentionally engage in informal conversations with the IT services staff to learn new practical knowledge with the aim to share with students and thus motivate their desire to learn.
Ngo-Ye, Thomas and Baxter, Joe, "Faculty Informal Self-learning and Ways to Engage Students" (2015). SAIS 2015 Proceedings. 34.