The Max Labs project was named Finalist in the Teaching Innovation Competition at the 2016 European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Jyväskylä, Finland last September!

The Association for Information Systems (AIS) 2016 Best Conference Paper in IS Education went to our AMCIS research paper "Innovating Business Systems Labs for Engaging iGeneration Students" which details the labs and their use & effect at SJSU!

Response has been overwhelmingly positive both from faculty and from students. 

Faculty like being able to "concretize" the concepts for students by referring to the labwork during class discussions of course topics like Cloud Computing, Database, CRM, Enterprise Systems, Mobile & Social Business. And we've collected data that suggests using the labs may improve students' self-efficacy for course learning objectives as well as student evaluations of their instructor.

Students...well, here's a sample of student comments from the anonymous feedback forms:
  • “I like the backstories for each lab. Makes it more human and less of just instructions.”
  • “I really enjoyed reading the blog postings. I’m really into blog posts so it only makes sense.”
  • “It was very challenging for me. It made my brain hurt…but so worth it.” 


  • “I thought creating an app was very difficult, but thanks to Salesforce, I learned how in a few easy steps.”
  • “I felt engaged because I felt like I was learning something useful for my future career.”
  • “Great job keeping me engaged. Fun!”
  • “I feel smart. ☺”