Belk College hosts Harvard workshop on case-method teaching

On October 15, faculty from the Belk College of Business participated in a workshop on participant-centered learning, facilitated by a noted Harvard professor.

The workshop, "Art and Craft of Discussion Leadership," was led by Dr. William J. Bruns, the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Bruns taught accounting and control in the Strategic Finance for Smaller Companies program and has extensive teaching experience in Harvard's executive education and Advanced Management programs.He is currently a visiting professor of business administration at Northeastern University.

The workshop provided an opportunity for faculty to gain additional insight on using case studies as a teaching tool in business courses. Topics included establishing and reshaping learning expectations; skill requirements in questioning, listening, and responding; the teacher-student relationship; and designing the teaching plan.

More than 30 Belk College faculty members participated in the seminar. Belk College Dean Joe Mazzola also extended invitationsto representatives from every business school in the University of North Carolina system.