September 1, 2015

USC Business School dean: Work world no longer constrained by physical space

Peter Brews Moore School dean

Peter Brews
Moore School dean

Students, professors and visitors continue to marvel at the new technologies being used in the instruction process at the new home of the USC Darla Moore School of Business. Peter Brews, who was named dean at the school in January, said the use of new technologies is challenging professors’ imaginations in deciding on how to best use these new tools, including online instruction, to enhance their abilities to impart knowledge to their respective students. Brews said every institution of higher learning in our country is trying to look and understand what effect online instruction will continue to have on education.

“Some people say it’s going to be a complete substitute, other people say this too shall pass, it’s just a fad, some people are in the middle and say it’s going to be a combination of both, and that’s where I am. We don’t exactly know how it’s going to configure out eventually, but online is an important part of education, whether you’re doing an online program or whether you’re here at the Moore School.”

Brews said online instruction is an illustration that the instruction and learning process in our rapidly evolving technological society continues to expand far beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom.

Brews said there is no doubt that at the Moore School students at the graduate and undergraduate level will routinely being taking advantage of online instruction.

“I fully expect that some of the work that our students will be doing as full time undergraduate students here in the future will be done online in a hybrid model. Some of it will be in class, some of it will be in their own private spaces, some of it may be done collectively, and some of it may be done virtually.”

A number of students at the Moore School are participating in group projects with students from other nations conversing over the Internet using the software application Skype, frequently also viewing by webcam. Crews said more and more enterprises worldwide are using this process.

“A lot of work today is done in virtual teams, co-located around the world all doing work across the network.” The meet once or twice during that project and the rest of the time they are working independently. We have to prepare our students for that world, too, which means the work world is no longer constrained by physical space.”

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