Dr. Freddie Acosta, a Senior Lecturer at Strathmore Business School facilitated at the Teaching the Practice of Management (TPM-9) Workshop at the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences in South Africa from 18 – 22 June 2013.
He presented the use of debate as an alternative participant-centered learning pedagogy. He observed in his experience as a case-teacher that his students often suffer from case fatigue a condition wherein students are less engaged in the discussion due to lack of preparation. The use of a formal debate is one of his innovative ways to keep students active and engaged. He assigns one syndicate group to take on the affirmative side and another to take on the negative side. The rest of the members of the class are the panel of judges who also play the role of the protagonist in the case. The judges have to make a decision based on the arguments presented in the debate. He has used the same method since 2005 and found it effective in his Information Systems Management class at the MBA and executive education classes at Strathmore Business School.
For his other session, Dr. Acosta demonstrated how to teach technical concepts using a case material.
Dr. Acosta teaches Information & Technology Management and is also the Faculty Director at Strathmore Business School. He served as a Visiting Professor at the International School of Management (Senegal) and University of Asia and the Pacifics South-East Asia Business Studies (Philippines).
His area of research pivots around the interplay of strategic management and information systems, as well as on the role of new information and communication technologies for organizational learning, knowledge management, transformation and innovation. He has studied problems of technology adoption and IS implementation in great depth. From an industry perspective, he is especially interested in those industries that are being transformed by recent technological advances. He has also consulted for many private, public and non-government organisations in Kenya and Ethiopia.
Dr. Acosta, a prolific and award-winning case writer, holds a BSc (Computer Engineering) from Mapua Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Business Education and PhD (MIS) from University of Baguio, Philippines. He is a Harvard Business School-trained Case Methodology teacher (CPCL-2006) and IT leader (DIS-2008). He is an active member of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) and Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).