August 24, 2023

Making teaching exciting with Shailaja Venkatasubramanyan

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Making teaching exciting with Shailaja Venkatasubramanyan
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Show Notes

I continue my conversation with Shailaja Venkatasubramanyan.

In the first part, she talks about how she got into Information systems and her career spanning education and startup sectors. 

How she balanced professional and personal demands and challenges.

How she never hesitated to get into new areas and was always ready to learn.

In this part of the conversation Shai talks about

  • Differences in teaching approaches for young adults and children
  • How she likes to learn when she is interested in a topic, and not for grades etc
  • People learn best when they are invested in it
  • I bring a lot of enthusiasm, by being funny and a pinch of entertainment
  • Giving interesting assignments (designing assignments that I would want to do)
  • Also taught a strategy class: lot of case studies, that had a lot of learning value
  • One of the aspects to address in teaching is to manage short attention spans
  • How teamwork is important even in academic courses
  • Trends and concerns related to Evolving Knowledge management
  • Her career tips

Shailaja “Shai” Venkatsubramanyan is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the School of Information Systems and Technology at San Jose State University (SJSU), where she has taught and researched for over 15 years. She has a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Arizona, and is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar and a Master Teacher Award recipient.

Shai is passionate about using technology and data to solve real-world problems and to make the world a better place. She has also worked as a General Manager at theCoderSchool, a franchise that teaches coding and programming skills to kids and teens, and as a Knowledge Engineer at Kanisa, a Silicon Valley start-up that developed innovative solutions for online customer service. She has expertise in MIS, data analysis, databases, online customer service, and coding education. She enjoys writing, teaching, and learning about various topics related to MIS and beyond.

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