Creighton University has been educating students at its Omaha, Neb., campus for more than two centuries, but the school maintains its top ranking with a commitment to staying relevant. The new Finance Lab at the recently renovated Heider College of Business is a perfect example of 21st century technology in the classroom.
With the help of Rise Display, Creighton University created a real-world trading environment that gives students and faculty a unique learning experience. Rise Display, a digital signage company in Kansas, outfitted the Finance Lab with a 42-foot premium LED ticker display, a 6-zone world clock, and three 110-inch video walls, one of which is fully interactive.
“The lab was created to give students a realistic experience in analyzing stocks and the rigors of portfolio management,” explains Michael Green, adjunct professor of Finance. “The displays function as an advertisement, too. The people who come by this fish bowl environment are able to see the students in a real-life setting.”
The students and faculty are equally excited about this learning tool, which has proven to be a powerful asset to teaching finance. “When they come into this room, they know it’s a building devoted to business. It shows we care about our students and it also shows our business contacts that we are on the leading edge of business education,” says Dr. John Wingender, Jr., professor of Finance and chair of the Department of Economics and Finance at Creighton University.
Ryan Cahoy of Rise Display says that digital signage has become a popular choice for using technology in the classroom. “Business schools recognize that in order to effectively communicate the fast-paced business environment, they need a more realistic setting. It’s an advantage to the students who gain a better education, and to the school that can attract the caliber of students they desire.”
According to Randy Jorgensen, Ph.D., associate professor of Finance, “The first thing you notice when you come into the business school is the trading facility and the displays. They really set the tone that this is a state-of-the-art college of business.”
Professor Jorgensen is also the director of the Master of Security Analysis and Portfolio Management Program at Creighton University, and he says both undergraduate and graduate students use the desktop and digital display technology to oversee an investment fund with approximately $4.2 million in equity investments. In addition, the displays feature announcements about events and activities in the building—even birthdays. “It’s nice to be able to walk in and get a quick update on what’s going on in the Heider College of Business every day. It’s the first thing I look at when I walk in the door.”
Founded in 1878 and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Creighton University provides more than 7,700 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with degree programs that emphasize education of the whole person—academically, socially and spiritually.
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