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Courses Taught in Past Three Years

MGMT 683

Management of Enterprise Information Systems (MSM core course)

MGMT 685

Enterprise Integration

MGMT 690B

Synthetic Environments and Business Simulation

MGMT 690M

Ph.D. Seminar on Databases and Machine Learning

MGMT 690Z

Data Visualization

MGMT 590S

Systems Development

Sample Teaching Evaluations

course: MGMT

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690B

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131

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1

3

overall teaching quality

3.9

4.0

4.0

amount I learned in class

3.9

3.8

3.7

instructor is well-organized

4.0

3.9

4.4

good knowledge of subject matter

4.7

4.8

4.6

different viewpoints encourages

4.0

4.0

4.0

enthusiasm in teaching

4.1

4.1

4.3

instructor motivates me to do my best

3.7

3.8

3.9

course assignment was stimulating

3.9

4.2

3.9

 

course: MGMT

690E

590S

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37

# of sections

1

1

instructor is well-organized

4.2

4.7

instructor has good presentation style

3.8

4.0

good knowledge of subject matter

5.0

4.8

discussion in class was valuable

4.0

3.8

instructor motivates me to do my best

4.2

4.0

course assignment was stimulating

4.8

4.2

overall, the course is among best

4.0

4.0

overall, the instructor is among best

4.0

4.3

Course and Curriculum Development and Preparation of Instructional Materials.

Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation (SEAS). Dr. Chaturvedi directed the development of a Synthetic Environment for Analyses and Simulations (SEAS). SEAS is a distributed, interactive, simulation environment that emulates Department of Defense's war gaming principles in the business and economics settings. In this environment hundreds of players (faculty, students, and business executives) can interact with any combination of virtual (intelligent agents), live (people), and constructive (other independent simulations) entities, and simulate decisions at the strategic, tactical, or operational levels for any firm, in any industry, in any economy. With the help of a large grant from Intel, SEAS will soon be available on the Internet. For more detailed information and real video footage of games please check the web site http://rudra.mgmt.purdue.edu/.

Web Case Software. Dr. Chaturvedi helped develop web-based software called Web Case for online case discussions. This software allows an instructor to assign questions on the case material to students. Students can access these questions from anywhere as long as they have access to WWW. The instructor can: (a) lock the site so that the students cannot edit their answers after the deadline has past; (b) grade the answers online; and (c) make them public for everyone to see.

Data visualization course. Dr. Chaturvedi designed and developed a course on business data visualization. Masters and Ph.D. students take this course. The goal of this course is to introduce students to advanced visualization environment (hardware and software) and techniques, and to teach them how to use these techniques to develop complex, meaningful visualizations to gain insight into the data.

Synthetic environments and business simulation course. Dr. Chaturvedi designed and developed an elective course on synthetic environments. Students in this course are required to do the background research on an industry, identify key players, set the game parameters, play the game, and write a report on the outcome.

Innovation and/or Experimentation in Teaching Methods and Techniques.

Live Case. A Live Case is a synthetic environment where students can interact with each other and/or with computer models to learn valuable lessons in managing global corporations. It is a dynamic case consisting of: (a) a game board designed by the instructor to represent the industry of interest; (b) a set of scenarios with well-defined learning objectives; and (c) rules of engagement for the players to live by. Students in Live Case can implement their decisions and observe the outcome in real or compressed times and gain valuable "synthetic experience" in managing global a business.

Live Case in MGMT683. Dr. Chaturvedi first used Live Case in MGMT683 in the Fall semester of 1995 to simulate the future of the digital information industry. Working in virtual teams for virtual corporations in virtual economies, students make "real-life-like" decisions and see the consequences of their actions unfold in real time. The exercise was run over a 2-week period and each day represented a calendar year. The effort was very successful. Encouraged by this success, Dr. Chaturvedi experimented with module long simulation in 1996. Since then the infrastructure and the system has improved significantly, and students in MGMT 683 have experienced several highly successful Live Case exercises. Some of them are discussed below:

    1. April 4, 1997 MS Forum Day. During this Forum Day we simulated the future of U.S. telecommunications industry in which over 150 students participated. Several business executives and government officials were invited to observe the live case exercise.
    2. July 22-23, 1997, Information Warfare game in Washington DC. Over seventy leading academics, top business executives, and senior government officials participated in the Information Warfare game developed at Purdue using the SEAS infrastructure. The goal of the exercise was to analyze the behavior of groups of policy makers, their reaction to cyber terrorism, and their decision making process under time pressures.
    3. Fall 1997, MGMT 683. Two sessions: one on information security and the other on telecommunications industry. These exercises were similar to items 1 and 2 above except more functions were added to the software.
    4. October 17, 1997. Krannert School Alumni Association board members participated in a variant of the telecommunications exercise.
    5. November 22, 1997 MS Forum Day. This was the second large-scale exercise for Masters Forum Day. In this exercise over 200 people participated (180 students and over 20 business and government executives).
    6. Fall 1998, MGMT 683. For this fall semester an Information Security exercise was done.
    7. November 20, 1998 MS Forum Day. On this planned Forum day the web-based version of the synthetic environment will be unveiled. Again, over 200 people (students plus business and government executives) are expected to participate.

    Paperless Course. Dr. Chaturvedi redesigned the MIS core course, MGMT 683. He introduced the first paperless World Wide Web based curriculum at Krannert. For details please see, http://rudra.mgmt.purdue.edu/mgmt683/mgmt683.htm.

    Enterprise Integration Course. Dr. Chaturvedi developed a new course on "Enterprise Integration" using SAP R/3 system. This course was co-taught with Prof. G. Wright.

    Business Visualization Course. Dr. Chaturvedi also developed a new course on "Business Visualization." This course brings the emerging virtual reality technology to business education.

Participation in Teaching Workshops, Institutes or other programs which have Contributed to Teaching Effectiveness.
  1. Dr. Chaturvedi took sabbatical at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Virginia, where he participated in DoD's large-scale wargaming exercises. During that time he also attended several other war gaming sessions at Booz Allen and Hamilton, the RAND Corporation, and the Atlantic council. He applied these techniques to business and economics settings such as the simulation of the Telecommunications Industry Future. SAP training. Dr. Chaturvedi attended two courses on SAP R/3, made available through SAP University Alliance program. This training enabled him to redesign the Enterprise Integration course.Over the years, Dr. Chaturvedi has actively participated in sessions on teaching MIS core courses at ICIS and AIS conferences.
  2. Dr. Chaturvedi attended Motorola's University Challenge and applied TQM concepts in administering his classes
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