MBA Classroom of the Future: Hologram Professors

McCombs Professor preparing to teach his class in a studio

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced business schools to move classes online and limit campus interactions.

While some b-schools initially announced plans to fully open campuses, many quickly revised those plans and, instead, decided to focus on virtual and hybrid learning models.

One b-school, in particular, has come up with a rather creative solution for the virtual learning environment: Hologram professors.

The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin recently announced plans to launch the classroom of the future with a new 3D immersive video solution that projects a professor into the classroom as a hologram. The b-school has partnered with Austin-based Contextual Content Group to create and implement the video solution.

“We knew we could make the digital experience better,” Joe Stephens, senior assistant dean and director of working professional and executive MBA programs at McCombs,

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Meet The Berkeley Dropout And Berkeley MBA Who Just Raised $3.25 Million For Their No-Code Platform For E-Commerce

Builder, a no-code platform which targets e-commerce websites and was cofounded by Berkeley dropout Steve Sewell and Berkeley MBA Brent Locks, announced today that it has raised $3.25 million in seed funding led by Greylock. Other investors include Warby Parker’s cofounders Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, Allbirds’ cofounder Joey Zwillinger, Harry’s cofounder Jeff Raider, and PopSugar’s cofounder Brian Sugar.

Builder is a full no-code tool which means that the user can simply drag and drop to create any type of content, particularly in the marketing section.

Steve Sewell, who serves as the company’s CEO, says that when he used to lead web engineering at a company called ShopStyle, they identified that one of the biggest problems was that once a website was built, there wasn’t a lot of tooling around it. 

Sewell says that it would often

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