Agenda

* The Agenda is subject to change

Thursday, April 4

8:30 – 9:00

Registration

9:00 – 9:15

Welcome Remarks

Ranjan Banerjee, Dean, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, India (Read Bio)
Dan LeClair, Chief Executive Officer, Global Business School Network, USA (Read Bio)

9:15 – 10:15

Introduction to Experiential Learning in Management Education

Professional education is as much about application as it is about knowledge and content. Experiential learning has become a fixture in management development and business school programs worldwide. Begin the discussion with an overview of what experiential learning is, key concepts and types of activities. This session will cover how to establish a framework and guiding principles to stimulate thinking about what an experiential learning program can look like.

Michellana Jester, Senior Lecturer Global Entrepreneurship Lab, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (Read Bio)

10:15 – 11:15

Improving Student Learning Outcomes through Experiential Learning

Management educators today are challenged to develop pedagogies that support students in learning how to manage and lead in rapidly changing business contexts. Experiential learning has been touted as an effective way to prepare future business leaders to function in such contexts by enabling them to apply classroom learnings in real-world situations. However, the unique characteristics of this approach to teaching and learning introduce some complex challenges. Assurance of learning is one of them.  Management educators are increasingly expected to articulate and demonstrate what students are learning through the activities we design both inside and outside of the classroom.  We must therefore design experiential learning courses with certain standards in mind. This workshop introduces a set of assurance of learning standards that schools can directly adapt and apply to their own contexts.  The standards have been co-developed by the facilitators in collaboration with a group of MBA schools that has been studying this topic over the last several years.

Michellana Jester, Senior Lecturer Global Entrepreneurship Lab, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (Read Bio)
Kerry Laufer, OnSite Global Consulting program, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, USA (Read Bio)

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

Engaging with Company Partners

Partnerships play a vital role in an institution’s capability to provide students valuable learning experiences that can help them discover career ideas and cultivate technical skills for careers they are aiming for. This content session will cover best practices, challenges and opportunities in developing and maintaining partnerships with different types of organizations for experiential learning projects.

Bryan Andriano, Executive Director, Global & Experiential Education, George Washington University School of Business, USA (Read Bio)
Preeta George, Professor – Economics, Chairperson – PGEMP Program, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Economics, India (Read Bio)

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:30

Creative Resource Solutions

Cost factors and resource requirements for action-learning projects; Creative models for maximizing impact with limited time and financial resources; Leveraging relationships between schools and business organizations.

Moderator: Bryan Andriano, Executive Director, Global & Experiential Education, George Washington University School of Business, USA (Read Bio)

Panelists: Ajay Adhikari, Sr. Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, Kogod School of Business, American University, USA (Read Bio)
Deepa Krishnan, Adjunct Associate Professor, Head of the Abhyudaya Project, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, India (Read Bio)

14:30 – 15:30

The Role of Faculty in Experiential Learning

The growth of experiential learning has created new opportunities for faculty and students to interact. It has also necessitated a rethinking of traditional faculty roles.  In experiential learning, faculty involved are asked to embrace operating in a less controlled environment where outcomes are less certain and more difficult to measure because the process, not the instructor, creates the content.  The faculty coaches and mentors for experiential learning courses and activities are less “sage on the stage”  and more “coach, mentor, guide, consultant, observer, sense-maker, and facilitator.”  And in many cases, they are accountable to program directors that must sure a consistency of experience across experiential learning offerings.  For some, this represents an entirely new way of teaching.

This session will explore questions like:

  • How have schools been successful in encouraging more faculty to incorporate experiential learning activities within classroom-based courses?
  • How have schools been successful in encouraging more faculty to participate in experiential learning courses that take them outside of the classroom?
  • What challenges are they facing?
  • How are they addressing these challenges (e.g. education/training, incentives, other approaches)?

Moderator: Dan LeClair, Chief Executive Officer, Global Business School Network, USA (Read Bio)

Panelists: Ranjan Banerjee, Dean, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, India (Read Bio)
Michaela Rankin, Deputy Dean, International, Monash Business School, Australia (Read Bio)

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00

Small Group Exercise & Dialogue

Friday, April 5

8:30 – 12:00

Experiential Learning Models from S.P. Jain Institute of Management Research

Small groups take to the field to experience examples of SPJIMR’s non-classroom learning programs and initiatives.

12:00 – 12:30

Report Back & Introduction to Workshop Activity

Observations from the field.

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 15:30

Workshop: Building your Experiential Learning Portfolio

Design your new experiential learning program or modify a current one in this hands on facilitated workshop. You’ll give and get feedback on your ideas and leave with something to implement.

15:30 – 16:00

Closing Remarks

Takeaways, implementation plans

Dan LeClair, Chief Executive Officer, Global Business School Network, USA (Read Bio)