This paper reports on the author’s low cost, innovative approach to an introductory Information Systems [IS] course, promoting twenty-first-century skills. By implementing several best instructional practices and through innovative use of technology to create community, the faculty member created a learning environment that students received with enthusiasm, and which helped them achieve at a higher level. The instructional practices included relevant AAC&U high-impact practices, ConnectedLearning.tv framework, and flipped classroom. This paper describes the details of the approach and the course outcomes, followed by a discussion.