Interview with Benson Honig of McMaster.
Professor Benson Honig teaches Management and Organizational Behavior courses at McMaster University. He has written for numerous publications, including the Journal of Management, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Academy of Management, Learning, and Education, as well as the European Management Journal and the Journal of Small Business Management.
On his perspective using Yellowdig:
I mostly use it to encourage students to come up with ideas, reading material in the newspaper, reflecting on it and just interacting a little bit with some ideas that they might have outside of class time. I like it because I find it a very useful class supplement.
On best practices with Yellowdig:
Using contemporary materials, things that are newsworthy and related to the course— that’s always very good. And so if [I] talk about a subject in the class and [there’s] an article related to it, it’s good to share that with [the students]. Sometimes, [I] might have talked about something two weeks ago and an article comes out or something relevant happens— that could start an exchange. I’ve seen some students do some really good exchanges on some of the material that might be controversial.
Some great points from the interview:
- The mobile app for executives and grad students.
- Executives, in particular, would benefit from the easy accessibility to classroom materials, as well as the communication within the learning community that Yellowdig provides.
- A discussion board where business case studies can be played out and discussed.
- Group-oriented case studies would promote collaboration and communication between students while giving them the flexibility to think about the problem or situation at hand both inside and outside the classroom.
- Can dynamic business simulations be incorporated into Yellowdig?
- This consists of opening up a business and competing in teams or groups.
- Integrating the simulation software with Yellowdig: What would this look like?