Communications of the Association for Information Systems


Information systems (IS) professors sometimes employ guest speakers in the classroom. Teaching online with synchronous video affords new ways to use guest speakers. We relate the benefits of using recent alumni at the beginning of synchronous online class sessions for short question-and-answer discussions on class topics. These sessions provide a useful context for professors to use during lectures and for students to socialize into IS professions. We found it easier to invite professionals and recent alumni back into our classroom to “meet with” our students and provide context for lectures in a time when many professionals work from home.





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