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Curriculum & Teaching

We do the research so that you don’t have to.

If you teach Business Administration, including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hospitality/Tourism, Management/Administration, Marketing, or any specialty within these broad clusters, you’re at the right place.

 

Give Your Students What They Need to Succeed!

Standards are your starting point for your students’ success at work and in college. They set the stage for program quality, guiding your course development, instructional materials selection, student organization participation, and assessment. 

MBA Research provides free standards and performance indicators for your use in delivering on your brand. These standards are unique in education: They are based on business practitioner research that utilizes focus groups, interviews, business association standards, and certifcation criteria. They provide up-to-date information on the skillsets being used every day in the workplace.

 

As your research partner, we’ll help you:

  • Focus on real-world skills and concepts so that students have the “right stuff” they need to succeed 
  • Identify skills and knowledge needed across all business careers as well as those specifc to a particular business career 
  • Incorporate 21st Century Skills into your curriculum 
  • Prepare students for competitive events 
  • Stay on top of skills as they change in the business world


Deliver on program quality by ensuring that your students are prepared to advance to the next level of education or into the workplace. Take advantage of our business-validated research.

Free!

We are indebted to the Daniels Fund for its support of many curriculum and instructional tools throughout our store. A generous grant from the Daniels Fund is supporting our initiatives to integrate ethical decision-making into our course guides and to build 72 online instructional modules (LAPs) that address ethics in the context of the national standards. In addition, the grant supported our new ethical leadership course. These materials are available free. Click here for more info.

Free Course Guides

The following guides are currently available at no cost: 

  • Business and Marketing Essentials
  • Entrepreneurship, Advanced
  • Entrepreneurship, Principles
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Finance, Introduction
  • Financial Analysis for Managers
  • Financial Management
  • Management, Introduction
  • Marketing Applications (Advanced)
  • Marketing Principles
  • Personal Finance
  • (Sports) Grand Slam: Advanced Sport/Event Marketing
  • (Sports) More Than a Game: Intro Sport/Event Marketing

 
More good news: These guides, available right now, will be updated over the next several years to better integrate ethics and ethical decision-making and to ensure that they continue to reflect the most recent thinking of the business community.  As they are updated, you will be eligible to receive the revised versions – also at no cost. Click here for a release schedule.

These guides are 100% aligned with the national Business Administration Curriculum Standards validated by industry across the nation.  They provide a model that can be used as-is or modified to meet your specific needs.

Course Guides include:

  • Course description
  • Information on the individual course’s fit within one or more programs-of-study
  • Recommended performance indicators for the specific course
  • Recommended sequence for the course
  • Instructional objectives that specify desired learning outcomes
  • Recommendations regarding LAP modules
  • Crosswalk to major textbooks, as appropriate to the course
  • Additional resources, including www links
  • Projects for selected sections of the course
  • Activities to reinforce or explore key content
  • Ethical cases for students (in course guides ©2016 and later)
  • Briefings for selected, particularly challenging, performance indicators, including teacher-directed information and student handouts
  • Multiple-Choice exams

“Course Guides have provided new and veteran Wisconsin marketing/business educators with the strategic roadmap to be successful in their classroom.  Some educators have used the full Course Guide to expand their program offerings; whereas, other educators have strategically implemented the Course Guide’s project-based activities.” 

--Tim Fandek, WI state program leader and MBA Research Board Trustee

How to Access:

  1. Select the specific guide you'd like from the Courses page in our online store.
  2. Click "Access for Free." (Do not put the item in the Shopping Cart)
  3. Enter your email to begin the survey. (Why a survey? See below*)
  4. At the end of the survey, copy the code and paste in the Download Code box on the original survey page.
  5. Your free materials will be emailed to you instantly.

 

*We’re fortunate that the Daniels Fund has underwritten the cost of many of our materials. The Fund paid the bill so that you don’t have to!  If you’d like to take a minute to extend your appreciation, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put in the subject line “Daniels.” We’ll get your note to the right people at the Fund. Who knows? Maybe your note will be the tipping point for future funding!  Thanks for taking the time.

Building a new course has never been so easy!
Use the power of our new database tool to align with the national Business Administration standards to build almost any Business Administration course in:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
     

It’s as easy as:

  1. Select the career clusters or pathways of interest
  2. Select the curriculum planning level (career, specialist, management, etc.)
  3. Select the instructional areas of interest (e.g., economics, promotion, finance)
  4. Add, delete, or re-sequence as needed
  5. Run the final report


You get:

  • Detailed, sequenced performance indicators
  • Detailed instructional objectives, by indicator
  • Recommended resources, including texts and web links


Member state educators: Curriculum Builder is now included in the new State's Connection member portal (free resources for your state). Not sure if you're in a member state? Click here. 

Each performance indicator is assigned to one of six curriculum-planning levels that represent a continuum of instruction ranging from simple to complex. The levels can serve as building blocks for curriculum development in that students should know and be able to perform the performance indicators at one level before tackling more complex skills and knowledge at the next level. The levels can also be used as the basis for developing an unduplicated sequence of instruction for articulation between high school and postsecondary business courses. The six curriculum-planning levels are:

Prerequisite (PQ) Content develops employability and job-survival skills and concepts, including work ethics, personal appearance, and general business behavior.
Career-Sustaining (CS) Content develops skills and knowledge needed for continued employment in or study of business based on the application of basic academics and business skills.
Specialist (SP) Content provides in-depth, solid understanding and skill development in all business functions.
Supervisor (SU) Content provides the same in-depth, solid understanding and skill development in all business functions as in the specialist curriculum, and in addition, incorporates content that addresses the supervision of people.
Manager (MN) Content develops strategic decision-making skills in all business functions needed to manage a business or department within an organization.
Owner (ON) Content develops strategic decision-making skills in all aspects of business that are needed to own and operate a business.

 

Comprehensive Learning Modules
(For student and instructors)

Leadership Attitude Performance

 

Each LAP instructional module is a comprehensive, ready-to-use lesson plan designed to help make your preparation easy, fast, and relevant. Designed for teachers of Business Administration, LAP modules support and provide instruction for an industry-validated performance indicator. They focus on developing leadership skills, positive career-oriented attitude, and both technical and academic performance.

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Interested in field testing/field reviewing our LAPs?  Click here. 

How to Access LAP Modules
What’s Included in a LAP module
Advantages of Using LAP Modules
LAP Module Topics
Daniels Fund – Free Ethics Modules
Endorsements


How to Access LAP Modules

Two ways to access MBA LAPs:

  1. Digital Download (PDF), delivered digitally; purchase PowerPoint for each LAP module separately
  2. MBA Learning Center: Interactive, digital learning management system; includes PowerPoints. The MBA Learning Center includes all current LAP modules, plus assessments, pre-loaded courses, classroom management tools, and more. 

What's Included in a LAP Module

Each LAP module is ready to use--no special preparation and no lesson plans to write!  We provide you with everything needed, including:

  • Informative, engaging student narrative
  • Learning objectives to guide student focus
  • Individual and group activities
  • Ready-to-use assessments
  • Customizable discussion guides
  • Editable PowerPoint presentations
  • Videos and links to extend instruction
  • Ethical case studies 


Advantages of Using LAPs

Empower students to develop leadership, enhance career knowledge, and build relevant skillsets that have real impact on their futures. LAP modules will help you:

  • Save time with complete, ready to use lessons that include everything you need.
  • Teach what matters using content that is based on what business leaders say is most significant – and that is tested/reviewed by real teachers and instructors.
  • Ensure quality, aligned curriculum that relates directly to competencies.
  • Engage students with relevant example, interactive activities, and up-to-date links.
  • Prepare students for the future with the rigorous and relevant knowledge and skillsets they need that will provide value for college and career.
  • Improve test scores by going deeper into each subject than traditional textbooks, which improves content mastery.
  • Become the expert on any topic you have to teach with clear, informative explanations.
  • Connect directly to work-based learning.
  • Gear up for competitive events using role-play scenarios and assessments similar to what students encounter in competitions.
  • Differentiate and customize instruction with individual AND group activities, traditional classroom pedagogy, project-based learning, and flipped instruction.

LAP Module Topics

Choose from a library of hundreds of LAP modules covering topics in marketing, management, finance, and business administration. List of all LAPs

CopyIt! (Free!)

Our unique CopyIT! release allows you to make additional copies for use in your school building, of any or all portions of any LAP Module purchased.  Click here for more info. 

Free LAP Modules

We extend our deep appreciation to the Daniels Fund for its support of our work.  A generous grant from the fund is supporting our initiatives to integrate ethical decision-making into our course guides and to build 72 online instructional modules (LAPs) that address ethics in the context of the national standards.  These materials are available free.  

We’re particularly excited about our comprehensive, new leadership course targeted at ninth graders. As Career-Tech programs increasingly reach into the middle schools, this ninth grade leadership course will provide a significant opportunity for business and marketing programs to expand their presence in the earlier grades. We believe the course will encourage students to learn more about business and, ultimately, to enroll in upper division courses as outlined in our program-of-study kits. The free Ethical Leadership course is now available!

How to Access

  1. Select the LAP title you'd like from the list of ethics LAPs
  2. Click "Access for Free." (Do not put the item in the Shopping Cart)
  3. Enter your email to begin the survey. (Why a survey? See below*. Only one survey is required - any additional free title you'd like will be sent instantly upon entering your email.)
  4. At the end of the survey, copy the code and paste in the Download Code box on the original survey page.
  5. Your free materials will be emailed to you instantly.

 

*We’re fortunate that the Daniels Fund has underwritten the cost of many of our materials. The Fund paid the bill so that you don’t have to!  If you’d like to take a minute to extend your appreciation, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put in the subject line “Daniels.” We’ll get your note to the right people at the Fund. Who knows? Maybe your note will be the tipping point for future funding!  Thanks for taking the time.

Endorsements

Click here to hear what teachers and students are saying about LAP Modules.

Take a look! 

New video provides a peek inside the MBA Learning Center, the learning management system created just for business administration educators. Loaded with 300+ interactive instructional modules, it’s accessible to you and your students—anytime, anywhere!

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An interactive, digital learning management system for teaching business administration.

Based on a Canvas platform, the MBA Learning Center is the one-stop learning management system for all your curriculum and instructional needs! Deliver content, manage instruction, and give assessments, all in one place. Use our standards-based, outcome-driven content and modules, or easily upload and customize your own content to suit your classroom needs! Try it and you'll agree: The MBA Learning Center is the best tool to prepare your students for success - in school, in competitions, in their careers, and beyond. Get the research advantage: Subscribe now!

Key Features:

  • 300+ comprehensive, research-based lessons
  • Engaging activities, projects, videos, and articles
  • Assessments – use built-in exams or create your own!
  • Customizable presentations, discussion guides, and more!
  • Simple online gradebook, calendar, and other organizational tools
  • 100% standards-aligned content
  • Interactive tools for students to engage in learning

 

 Content  Tools  Assessments  Pricing  Endorsements



Content and Courses You Can Trust

Our standards-based content, activities, and assessments are developed based on extensive, real-world industry research. To learn about our learning modules, click here. To see a full list of modules currently available on the Learning Center, click here

You’ll find new or fully revised learning modules on the Learning Center every week. Your research partners at MBA Research are on a mission:  Keep the Learning Center up to date and build a module for every key performance indicator needed to deliver on the national standards. You can rest assured that the content is up-to-date, relevant, and covers the latest trends in business. 

The MBA Learning Center lets you organize content into courses any way you want. It supports 100% online learning so you can forget handwritten student papers, tests, and assignments. Our online how-to instructions get you up and running quickly, but that’s only the beginning. Webinars, how-to videos, and your own day-to-day experiences will help you explore and find new ways to make your classroom one of the best in the building. (Our up-to-date, real-world content doesn’t hurt either!)

Not sure how to get started with the learning modules? Consider starting with our preloaded, ready-to-use courses that coincide with our course guides. Click here to learn how to import these courses into your classes. Click here for a video on creating your own courses from scratch with LAPs.

Instructional Tools to Simplify Your Life

The Learning Center is full of classroom management tools that save you time and enrich your students’ learning experiences.

Tools for Teachers

  • Exams administered directly in the system
  • Canvas Speedgrader tool for rapid grading
  • Customizable, interactive rubrics to conduct performance-based assessment
  • Question banks with thousands of multiple-choices test items
  • Pre-loaded, ready-to-use courses
  • Customizable competitive event preparation tools
  • A simple online gradebook and comprehensive analytics
  • Calendar, attendance, and other organizational tools
  • Discussions and Chat features to communicate with students

Tools for Students

  • Online collaboration and communication
  • Multimedia capabilities to best suit individual learning styles
  • Learning Mastery for students to track their own progress
  • Customizable competitive event preparation tools
  • Badges and ePortfolios to showcase achievement


Simple, User-Friendly System

  • Easy integration with Google Classroom, Moodle, and other systems and apps
  • One login to access everything
  • Cloud-based system
  • Mobile device enabled
  • Streamlined user interface – master it within minutes!


Comprehensive Assessment Tools

Lesson Module Post-tests. Each instructional module contains a post-test and a descriptive key.

  • Administer exams for each module with the click of a button.
  • Save time using auto-grading features. 
  • Assess students’ achievement of learning objectives. 

Question banks: Building your own exams in the Learning Center just got a lot easier! Thousands of multiple-choice test items are available, so you can:

  • Build new tests from scratch
  • Make multiple versions of tests
  • Use the bank to add additional questions to an existing assessment

The Question Bank saves time and effort and is perfect for building pretests, end-of-course or end-of-unit exams, and more!

Learn how to build an exam using question banks.

Instructional Area Exams: These ready-to-use exams cover a wide variety of instructional areas.

  • Topics include marketing, economics, project management, and many more!
  • Students who perform well on these exams prove they have mastered the basics of an entire content area.

Learn how to use these instructional area exam.


Pricing

A single annual subscription to the MBA Learning Center may be shared (with separate logins) by up to five different teachers. Full 12-month subscription for 5 teachers: $695 (Member states) or $995 (Non-member). 5-year pricing available. Priced lower than a textbook and no dusty books to deal with!
 
Add to your teacher subscription: Give your individual students online access for the entire year.

Member Non-Member
$6.25 per student $9.00 per student

See the online store to purchase. 

Endorsements

“Our business students are better prepared than ever to pursue business as a major or enter into the working world.”  -Mark Sibley, Monarch High School, CO

"By putting everything in Canvas, students have a one-stop spot to get all the resources that they can access from anywhere with Internet. Students can utilize it to communicate with me. They can use the calendar on it to track due dates and upcoming quizzes. I have students submit just about everything electronically. Students can upload files, give URLs, connect to Google applications, and enter text in [the Learning Center]." -Allie Holtzer, West Bend High School, WI
 
"When I have students complete assessments in Canvas, I love the fact that it automatically grades, and short-answer questions can be easily graded in Speedgrader." -Kim Guest, Kearsley High School, MI
 
"I use the MBA Learning Center in all aspects of my teaching. I use it to introduce the material to the students, I use it to assess the students, I use it to give the students a little bit of variety, and I use it to differentiate the different levels of my classroom." -Alicia Weeks, Wake County Public Schools, NC
 
"I love to use MBA Research materials in my classroom because when I do, I know the students are getting relevant and current information that has been verified by industry professionals. They make it easy for me to pick and choose content that either accentuates what I am already doing or can be a whole unit or course. The choice is up to me." -Phil Huff, Badger High School, WI
 
"The activities are engaging for students and give a great variety for teachers to use depending on how in-depth you want to go into the subject and how you need to differentiate." -Teresa Brooks, Southington High School, CT
 
"I appreciate the website links for examples and videos." -Deanna Peck, Butler High School, NC

Preview:

Programs of study are getting a lot of press in the CTE world right now—and likely will well into the future. After all, to receive funding via Perkins IV, recipients (e.g., local education agencies and postsecondary schools) must have at least one program of study in place.

What does that mean exactly? It means that schools must take a structured approach to delivering education that prepares students for postsecondary education and success. It means that students should begin their high-school course work with a plan in mind and then follow that plan so that they take a logical sequence of standards-based courses (both academic and career courses) that build on (not duplicate) each other—through grades 14 and/or 16. Finally, it means giving secondary students the opportunity to acquire postsecondary credit, industry certification, and/or a postsecondary degree.

MBA Research Programs of Study

To help you in the development of programs of study at your school and/or in your state, MBA Research has developed a number of different Program-of-Study (PoS) Resource Kits. These PoS Resource Kits (available free to all educators in member states via State’s Connection and to all others via our online store at nominal costs) can serve as starting points when creating Business Management and Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and/or Marketing programs of study.

Each kit takes a holistic approach to each of the clusters, thereby providing students a broad foundation in business administration as well as a concentration in the cluster’s content.

The MBA Research Program-of-Study Resource Kits contain:

  • A “Program of Study At a Glance” grid indicating the academic and career courses suggested for grades nine through fourteen of a business student’s education
  • Course descriptions for the program of study’s career courses
  • Rigorous, non-duplicated career-course learning outcomes based on validated national standards
  • Recommendations for CTSO and business involvement
  • Relevant professional associations and organizations
  • Possible certifications that students can acquire
  • Potential job opportunities at multiple educational exit points
  • Articulated courses
  • Performance indicators containing academic integration
  • A guide to share with secondary and middle-school guidance counselors
  • A promotional brochure for students
  • Promotional flyers for each course
  • A promotional poster

We’re working overtime to help you develop purposeful projects – projects that will help your students explore and gain competence in critical aspects of the national MBA Curriculum Standards.  We’re adding free project ideas to MBA State’s Connection, incorporating projects in our for-sale course guides, and sharing additional ideas right here.  And, we’ve designed an entire project-based model Business Administration program for college-bound students. Learn about MBA High School of Business.

If you teach in any of our member states, be sure to visit State’s Connection. You’ll find an ever-expanding collection of free materials that will help you connect with our learning systems.  The materials are free because your state has paid an annual membership fee to help underwrite the cost of our research.  If your state is not a member, contact your state education department for additional information. In State’s Connection, you’ll find Programs of Study, our Curriculum Builder tool, rubrics, case problems, vetted and bookmarked websites, project management tools, a master glossary of terms, and more.  Keep checking as we add new stuff!