As I may have mentioned in a previous post, I will be teaching an upper-level survey course on “The Legal & Ethical Environment of Business” during the Summer A session (May 11 to June 19, I believe) at my home institution. Because all Summer A courses at my university are going to be online this year (due to the pandemic), I decided to start from scratch and completely revamp my business law course to make it as relevant, timely, and engaging as possible. Specifically, during one of my bouts of insomnia, I decided to use the hit Netflix docuseries “Tiger King” to explore the legal and ethical environments of business with my undergraduate students.
If you are a fellow instructor and would like to look under the hood, so to speak, and see what my new course looks like, check out the two sets of screenshots that are below the fold. If you are a student and are just curious about the method behind my madness, also feel free to read on. The first two screenshots capture the desktop version of my course homepage (the first thing that enrolled students will see if they open the course on the Canvas platform on a laptop or desktop computer), while the second pair of screenshots show what my homepage looks like on the Canvas app.
In brief, the top of the homepage showcases a colorful collage of images relating to “Tiger King”–the idea here is to grab my students’ attention from the get-go with a beautiful visualization of the two main protagonists of the hit series, Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic. The rest of the homepage contains some announcements. Among other things, I welcome students to the course and provide them a link to a required academic activity. I also provide students a link to the syllabus (see my previous post to see what my syllabus looks like) and then include a few short introductory videos to personalize this online course as much as possible.
In addition to the homepage, which I will update weekly, I have also created six separate modules for this course (one module per week). Each module will cover a different area of law and will contain a theme song, a set of video lectures, and all of my assigned reading materials (cases, legislation, book chapters, and law review articles) for that week, so students won’t have to spend money on an expensive textbook. (I will delve into the details of Module 1, which is titled “Week 1: Introduction to the Course,” in my next blog post and then describe the contents of my remaining five modules in future posts.)
On my Canvas App: