Proposal Title

Increasing Student Engagement Using Real World Data in the Finance Classroom

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Research Proposal / Learning Theories and Pedagogy

Proposal Abstract

Many studies have shown that required courses consistently have lower rates of student engagement and success than major courses. This is particularly true for the introductory finance courses required in the business core, as the quantitative emphasis compounds the challenges for non-majors. In this study, the instructors test whether the use of real word data (accessed through Bloomberg Professional Services) increases student engagement and persistence through the business curriculum. As our preliminary data shows, these activities promote higher levels of learning while highlighting the relevance of finance as a critical function of any business organization.

Proposal Description

This study is in progress and aims to examine whether the incorporation of real-world financial data using the Bloomberg Professional Service affects student engagement in an introductory finance course. To highlight the relevance of basic financial concepts for all business endeavors, the revised course requires students to conduct and evaluate in-depth financial research for a company of their choice. The intervention aims to help the student advance from simple, textbook examples that illustrate basic financial principles and introduce them to the complexity real financial markets. Students will evaluate various dimensions of their selected company based on their collected data. Their research will generate real-world examples for the classroom. Finally, students will evaluate their company and a peer’s company to integrate various course concepts. They will accomplish all of these tasks while simultaneously learning how to utilize the industry’s standard tool for financial research.

This design incorporates current trends in business education that highlight the efficacy of experiential and problem-based learning and combines this with the growing demand to increase data analytics skills for future business professionals. To capture student engagement, students will be asked to complete multiple surveys and participate in focus groups throughout the course. In addition, average student performance in the course will be compared to performance in the course (across multiple sections) before the implementation of the Bloomberg project.

This conference presentation will mirror the class project by applying a problem-based learning approach. Just as the students analyze real-world data, the participants will participate in a guided inquiry exercise in which they will analyze real-world data (drawn from the study) in a way that brings reveals our preliminary findings in a scaffolded manner.

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Mar 30th, 9:00 AM Mar 30th, 9:45 AM

Increasing Student Engagement Using Real World Data in the Finance Classroom

Many studies have shown that required courses consistently have lower rates of student engagement and success than major courses. This is particularly true for the introductory finance courses required in the business core, as the quantitative emphasis compounds the challenges for non-majors. In this study, the instructors test whether the use of real word data (accessed through Bloomberg Professional Services) increases student engagement and persistence through the business curriculum. As our preliminary data shows, these activities promote higher levels of learning while highlighting the relevance of finance as a critical function of any business organization.