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Course Stories, Episode #2: Business Law Barista: Engaging Students through Storytelling

In this episode of Course Stories, we listen to London Skiles and Bradley Forst discuss the narrative elements of Brad’s course, LAW 480: Business Law, which takes students on a journey of starting, growing, and selling a business. We also explore the varied experiences of moving to remote instruction in the midst of the COVID pandemic compared to the intentional process of quality online course design.

LAW480 uses a very intentional engagement strategy and the narratives from the class are dynamically represented via aminations created by Ron Carranza. Check out the video Ron and Ricardo made after you listen to this course story.


Module 1 Overview Video from LAW480
Animations by Ron Carranza and compiled and edited by Ricardo Leon.

In this Episode:

Brad Forst is wearing a black shirt and smiling

Faculty Bio

Brad Forst is both a business executive and lawyer. His career includes positions as a public company CEO, private company CEO, in-house general counsel, and law firm partner practicing corporate and securities law. He has taught as a faculty associate at ASU from 2004 – present, at both the College of Law and at the W.P. Carey School of Business. He has served as Director, Undergraduate Business Law, since 2017. His career has combined roles in business management, finance and law, across a range of industries including technology, aerospace, defense, financial services, and energy. Mr. Forst has substantial Wall Street experience and has served on the boards of directors of both public and private companies.

Image of London Skiles, she is wearing a black shirt and glasses and and short hair


Instructional Designer Bio

London Skiles is an Instructional Designer Associate with EdPlus at ASU Online where they assist instructional designers and faculty in the design and development of online courses and course materials. 

Animation of London Skiles, arms crossed and wearing a Sun Devils t-shirt
Caricature of London Skiles, created by Ron Carranza
Ron Carranza, smiling and wearing a black shirt


Media Specialist Bio

Ron Carranza is a MultiMedia Developer at EdPlus at Arizona State University. With over 25 years of experience in e-learning design and development, Ron specializes in a variety of design media including vector illustration, motion graphics, graphic design, user-interface design and web design/development. A proud ASU alum, Ron earned his BA in Studio Art, emphasizing in Computer Graphics and Animation. A firm believer that simplicity is the key to successful design, Ron strives to balance visual design and usability, with the goal to provide the end user with the most intuitive experience possible.

Matthew Robinson in a colorful shirt with tigers and a colroful greenish yellow background to the image


Media Manager at EdPlus

Matthew Robinson has been at Arizona State University for 15 years. In that time he has held roles as Instructional Designer, Assistant Director of Online Curriculum and currently is the Manager of the New Media team at EdPlus.

Resources from this Episode

Additional Links for your enjoyment and exploration into a deeper understanding of this Course Story.

Your Hosts,

Ricardo Leon, Media Specialist with EdPlus

Mary Loder, Instructional Designer with ASU Online at EdPlus

Course Stories is produced by EdPlus out of Arizona State University.

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