Chris Jones has been programming computers since he was 10 years old, and after years in the industry, he started his own software company that developed solutions in fields as varied as event photography, aviation, hydroponics and logistics.
In 2017 he moved into teaching at Escape Studios, where he heads up modules on entrepreneurship, strategic management and technology. He talks about his career shift in his 2020 TedX talk. As an entrepreneurship tutor, he sees students perform work-integrated learning as both the learner and the founder of the business. Students in his classes start businesses and (with luck) leave with not only a Business management degree but a profitable venture.
Chris has been experimenting with different ways to integrate real-world business experience into his teaching so much so that he was shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards (regarded as the Oscars of higher education) as "Innovative Teacher of the Year". He is also working on new technology solutions to promote better integration between businesses and student, especially in the remote working world that seems to be immerging post-covid-19.