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Management professor on employee training during COVID-19

  • The coronavirus pandemic is changing education for managers and employees.
  • A panel at Business Insider’s Global Trends Festival brought together three leaders to comment on the changes.
  • The speakers predicted that customization and flexibility are going to be key in online education and remote working in the future. 
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The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in an era of remote learning that is already affecting education for managers.

Bettina Büchel, a professor specializing in strategies and organizations for the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, said at the Business Insider Global Trends Festival in October her course design has not changed fundamentally, but there are key differences to navigate.

“You often must act between different time zones, and that means that you only have a few hours per day in which everyone can be together,” Büchel said. “Zoom and other technologies have

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  • November 6, 2020

Ivy Tech professor spices up online classes with virtual celebrity drop-ins

Celebrities such as William Shatner and John Cleese have joined the astronomy and science professor’s class.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — College professors all over the country are trying to figure out ways to make their virtual classes more exciting during the pandemic, and it looks like an associate professor at Ivy Tech in Bloomington may have cracked the code. 

Kurt Messick teaches astronomy and science at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington. After 31 years at Ivy Tech, Messick was looking for a way to liven up his online classes this semester during the pandemic. So he started reaching out, asking celebrities to record messages to his students about the importance of science in our lives.

“I decided after the summer in our break period, I would reach out and one of my friends said that I carpet-bombed Hollywood with requests,” Messick said. “I thought I might get two or three

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  • October 22, 2020

Police detain prominent law professor and government critic as China’s crackdown continues

Chinese President Xi Jinping <span class="copyright">(Ng Han Guan / Associated Press)</span>
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Ng Han Guan / Associated Press)

Tsinghua University law professor Xu Zhangrun, one of China’s few remaining outspoken critics of President Xi Jinping and the communist government, was taken from his home in Beijing by police on Monday morning.

Close friends of Xu’s who spoke with his family confirmed that he had been arrested and that they did not know where the police had taken him.

About 20 police officers surrounded Xu’s home while more than 10 others entered, searched the residence, confiscated his computer and then took Xu away, according to a statement from friends of Xu, which has been widely circulated among Chinese activists.

Police did not make any public statement about Xu’s arrest or any charges.

The Chinese legal expert had taught jurisprudence and constitutional law at Tsinghua, one of China’s most prestigious universities, but was suspended in 2019 after publishing a series

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