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The Live Teaching Case: A New IS Method and its Application

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JITE-Research Volume 11, Number 1, ISSN 1539-3585 Publisher: Informing Science Institute


When teaching Information Systems (IS), one of the crucial objectives is to make students understand the practical aspects of the integration of IS in organizations. Over the last decades, several pedagogical approaches were introduced to more tightly bridge theory and practice, e.g., hands on exercises, simulations, real world projects, guest speakers, and case studies. In this paper, we introduce a pedagogical approach novel to IS which brings practice into the classroom, i.e., the live teaching case method. The live teaching case method is a hybrid between a guest speaker event and a teaching case. The live teaching case method is different from a written case as it is the animator who experienced the case who is verbally presenting the case. The live teaching case is different from a guest speaker event as it is more focused around specific decision points, such as a written case would be. We believe that the live teaching case approach alleviates several of the traditional case method shortcomings while maximizing the benefits associated with the presence of a guest speaker in class. This paper outlines the various steps involved in the live teaching case including initiating contact, planning the decision points, selecting student readings and developing pre-course materials, guiding the initial presentation and discussion, guiding the presentation and discussion of the managerial decision points, and class wrap-up. This approach is explained and then illustrated using three different IS courses, namely, an IS project management course, a systems analysis and design course, and a capstone course on enterprise system implementation.


Cameron, A.F., Trudel, M.C., Titah, R. & Léger, P.M. (2012). The Live Teaching Case: A New IS Method and its Application. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 11(1), 27-42. Informing Science Institute. Retrieved January 18, 2020 from .



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