Written by Alyssa Walker

Talk about innovative teaching -- MBA students will soon attend lectures from holograms.

In the UK, the Future of Management Education Alliance, a group of six highly ranked business schools, wants to engage students through a new digital teaching platform.

Imperial College Business School will adopt holograms for its MBA classes. It aims to share academics among the six schools more efficiently and to improve video conferencing. 

According to a recent article in Financial Times, David Lefevre, Imperial College's Edtech Lab director, said, "This gives our teaching staff a sense of presence when talking with students. Otherwise, we might as well run a lecture on Zoom."

He explained that the holographic professor will be able to take questions in real time.

Lefevre's colleague Emmanuel Métais, the dean of Edhec, one of the schools in the partnership, said, "This initiative reflects our commitment to be at the forefront of innovation, not only to provide students with a better learning experience but to make them succeed in a fast-changing world."

He added, "At Edhec, we believe that excellence and innovation are the two pillars on which our people build their own personalities and careers to make an impact on the world."

Imperial is using a hologram system purchased from Toronto-based Arht Media.

Their goal is to create a global network of university campuses capable of hosting hologram-infused presentations.

Larry O'Reilly, Arht Media's chief executive, said, "The schools suddenly become more open to the world and they are helping us to grow our network."


Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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