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Corporations Instructional Modules

Brian Quinn

Associate Professor, School of Law

This project is in support of my work to develop a modular approach to the standard 3 credit business associations course.  Last year I received support to develop a learning module for Agency. That first module was extremely successful as a learning experience - both for students and for me. However, that module relied on bespoke animation combined with Canvas’ Quiz functions and is not likely to provide a cost-effective long term solution.  In this grant proposal, I am seeking support to roll-out a second module, but relying on off-the-shelf software that will permit us to develop future modules in-house at minimal cost.

The ultimate goal of this effort is to develop a series of modules, each covering a different topic area, LLCs, partnership, close corporations, start-ups & venture capital, public benefit corporations, corporate social responsibility and mergers. Each of these modules will be available to be taken in conjunction with the business associations course.  The ultimate goal of this initial experiment is to create a personalized learning experience for students within the framework of a broader introductory business associations course. For some students that might mean the basic corporations course includes a module on agency and partnership law. For others, it will provide them with an opportunity to explore issues related to corporate social responsibility. When taken in conjunction with the broader introductory business associations course, students will be able to personalize their learning experience without additional faculty demands.

If the modules are successful, the final stage of the effort would entail moving the content of the basic corporations course online as well. In that version, students will have a high degree of flexibility to personalize their learning experience without additional demand on faculty time. At that point, one faculty member should be sufficient to cover three traditional large sections, freeing up faculty resources to dedicate to other activities.