"Yammer enhances student engagement, the number-one predictor of success. Students come into the classroom better prepared and ready to delve into the meat of their courses.
— Susan Gautsch
Director of eLearning
Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management enrolls approximately 2,000 students, many of whom work full time. Connecting and engaging busy students can be challenging, so the business school took a page from Fortune 500 companies. It uses Yammer to foster collaboration in the cloud, enhance learning and forge tighter relationships among students, faculty, staff and increasingly, alumni.
In 2010, the school integrated Yammer into Graziadio’s Learning Environment and Network (GLEAN). Since then, Yammer has been virally adopted by most business school students, faculty and staff.
“We knew students wanted broader engagement, but we did not anticipate how much they’d help each other with logistical questions, IT support, business contacts, professional advice and moral support,” says Director of eLearning Susan Gautsch. “We also didn’t anticipate the social power of Yammer, which psychologically bridges online and face-to-face experiences. It creates a strong sense of community, regardless of students’ schedules or where they’re studying.”