Get the semester started off right with all of the news, events and announcements for your Fall 2009 online courses from the SOM eLearning Team.
SOM eLearning Newsletter
You will notice that your courses are now located on eLearning instead of WebCT. This affects you in essentially one way: you will now have to go to a different website to access your courses (https://elearning.utdallas.edu). The reason for this change is that we have substantially upgraded our servers and software. We rebranded the tool because WebCT is no longer in existence (it was bought by Blackboard - another course management system, quite some time ago). Your courses will look the same and all of the buttons will be in the same place, so please don’t stress about having to learn a new system. As always, please contact the 24 hour helpdesk (http://www.utdallas.edu/elearninghelp or 1-866-588-3192) with any questions or issues.
Last semester we presented you with a survey on our proctored exam procedures. Unfortunately we did not receive much of a response, so I cannot provide a meaningful summary to you. As the on-campus proctored exam option (at the School of Management) is a relatively new service that we are providing, we are looking for ways to improve the experience. We instituted this because we found that some students were being charged excessive fees at proctoring centers and wanted to provide a viable alternative to students in the DFW area (which make up about 64% of our online student population). We would like to hear from you to see how we are doing. Is this something that you would like to continue? If so, what works and what can improve? If you have feedback on the remote proctoring experience, we would like to hear from you as well. Please take a moment to complete this short survey:
I wish you the best in Fall 2009 and beyond!
News from Global MBA Online (GMBA)
As the GMBA program completes its 10th academic year, the following data is provided by the program director from reports to the Dean each semester.
-George Barnes, Global MBA Online Program Director
David M. Cordell, PhD, CFA, CFP®, CLU, is Director of the Master of Science in Finance Program and Clinical Professor of Finance at The University of Texas at Dallas. He specializes in the fields of investments and personal financial planning.
Dr. Cordell holds a BA in liberal arts, an MBA, and a PhD in financial management and investments, all from The University of Texas at Austin. He has earned three professional designations: Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Financial Planner®, and Chartered Life Underwriter.
For five years prior to joining the UTD faculty, Dr. Cordell was a professor at Texas Tech University, where he received the Outstanding Financial Planning Professor Award in 2007. Before Texas Tech Dr. Cordell was a finance professor at The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA, for eleven years. He had previously maintained a financial planning practice in Houston, Texas, after working as a pension sales manager for Aetna. His six years of industry experience followed six years as a professor at Louisiana State University and the University of Houston—Clear Lake, teaching courses in investments and financial management.
Dr. Cordell's consulting experience has included financial planning, corporate finance, business valuation, and bank management. He has worked with both large and small corporations as well as government at the federal and state levels. He also has taught extensively in continuing education programs for bankers, financial planners, and managers.
In addition to writing numerous academic and practitioner articles in finance, banking, and investments, Dr. Cordell is author/coauthor of five textbooks and is a contributing editor of the Journal of Financial Planning.
Chris Linsteadt, C.P.A., C.I.A., M.B.A., M.S will be teaching AIM 6330, Intermediate Financial Accounting. He serves as assistant director of the School of Management’s Internal Auditing Education Partnership Program, which recently was named one of the four best programs worldwide by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He has been teaching at UT Dallas since 2005. “I enjoy helping students achieve their goals of obtaining their accounting degree, passing the [certified public accountant] exam and being successful in their career” says Linsteadt, who holds an MBA and a master's degree in accounting, both from UT Dallas.
Notable among his past posts is his work as a risk analyst helping the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation weather the storms of the 1980s banking and savings-and-loan crises. In 2003, he and internal auditing program director Mark Salamasick co-wrote Auditing Vendor Relationships, part of the IIA Handbook series.
The eLearning Team invites you to meet our students by viewing a different profile each newsletter. This summer's featured student is Biji Jacob.