MOOC Teaches Management Using Graphic Novels Instead of Textbooks

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have taken the world by storm, with people from all sorts of backgrounds taking on the challenge to continue learning in a somewhat formal atmosphere. I say somewhat, because the setup is not exactly your traditional classroom setting. Still, with brand names like Coursera catching the attention of people hungry to learn, there is a lot to be said about entities offering MOOCs for free.


Atlas Black

And just when I thought I’ve heard everything about MOOCs, an email popped up in my Inbox, alerting me to the fact that there is a course coming up soon which takes things one step further. Jeremy Short, the Rath Chair in Strategic Management at the Price College of Business (University of Oklahoma), has conducted a study examining the advantages of using graphic novels as instructional materials as opposed to traditional text books.

While I suppose that many of you think that no formal study is needed to come to that conclusion, you also know just how much people today need concrete proof about these theories. Hence, Professor Short’s experiment. His study and its findings will soon be published in Business Communication Quarterly, but I think what you will find more interesting is his upcoming MOOC, which is going to be hosted by The University of Oklahoma.

It’s a serious course – Introduction to Management – but I suppose that we all have to grow up at some point. It’s not unknown for stellar coders and programmers to move on up and become managers eventually, is it? The course will be featuring a graphic novel titled Atlas Black: The Complete Adventure, authored by Prof. Short and his colleagues.

Here’s your chance to learn something new (perhaps) via a format that can be considered innovative. Learn more about the course, the professor, and the graphic novel here.  Even if you don’t end up enrolling for the course, you can always refer to it (and the study) when you face the need to further the cause of comic books.

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