Moving Courses Online: A Faculty Perspective

April 23, 2020

Yoshi Fujikawa, MBA Program Director and Associate Professor at Hitotsubashi ICS, arrived in New Haven in early March ready to start his term as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Yale School of Management. Before he even had the chance to set foot in a classroom with Yale students, though, a university-wide announcement went out: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, courses scheduled for after spring break would shift to online for at least the next few weeks.

Fujikawa learned all he could about online learning resources at Yale, and then headed out to Best Buy and Staples to get the supplies to create a digital studio in his downtown New Haven apartment. He was on a dual mission to serve two schools: At Yale SOM he wanted to offer not just a “degraded copy” of his classroom teaching, but a course that would maximize the advantages of online learning. And then he wanted to share the lessons he learned from his own journey with his colleagues back in Tokyo who were also planning to move their courses online after their spring break.

The results are two articles about his journey and an online tutorial series, which he has agreed to share with his colleagues across the Global Network.

Moving Courses online articles