Transforming Teaching Through Experiential Learning | Lagos Business School Faculty Series

General Information

This GBSN program motivates and prepares a school’s faculty across disciplines to expand and improve experiential and active learning in their classes. Consistent with GBSN’s approach, the program brings together experts from the GBSN network to offer insights and ideas for participants based on experience. On successfully completing at least 5 out of the 6 sessions, faculty participants will be eligible to earn a ‘Certificate of Course Completion’ issued by GBSN. 


Up to 45 members of the Lagos Business School faculty, including some executives in residence.

Overall Learning Objectives

By the end of the program, participants should:

  • Understand experiential learning and related concepts, such as active learning, problem-based learning, team-based problems, assessment, etc.
  • Understand and apply basic tools for experiential learning to develop new active and experiential learning opportunities for their own courses.
  • Connect experiential learning to new developments in technology and education, such as online and hybrid education, generative AI, and VR/AR.

Overall Design

The program is organized into six sessions, tentatively as described below. There will be one facilitator across all the sessions. The facilitator’s job is to organize, introduce, close, and bridge sessions to provide a cohesive learning experience. Each session, except the last one, will feature a guest speaker from the GBSN network, to offer insights and experiences aligned with the theme. 

Course Outline

Session 1 | 15 March 2024

13:00 – 14:00 WAT (08:00 – 9:00 EST)

Topic – Defining active and experiential learning

  • Introduction to course – participants develop list of what they want to learn
  • Define experiential learning and compare it to active learning? What do both AL and EL include and exclude? Compare the case method with AL and EL?
  • What is the current thinking about the future of experiential learning?
  • How can AL and EL enhance LBS degree and non-degree programs?

Take Home Exercise – Collecting Examples

Special Guests

  • Michellana Jester

    Senior Lecturer
    MIT Sloan School of Management (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

Affiliated Organization

Session 2 | 22 March 2024

13:00 – 14:00 WAT (08:00 – 9:00 EST)

Topic: Planning for active and experiential learning

  • Models for active and experiential learning
  • Preparing students to learn through active and experiential learning
  • Designing engaging exercises and experiences, partnering with business, 
  • Strategies for reflection and closing the loop on learning (assessment)

Take Home Exercise – Planning for EL

Special Guests

  • Nicole Coomber

    Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning, Clinical Professor of Management & Organization
    Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
  • Paul Shapiro

    Associate Clinical Professor
    Robert H. Smith Business School, University of Maryland

Affiliated Organization

Session 3 | 5 April 2024

13:00 – 14:00 WAT (08:00 – 9:00 EST)

Topic: Techniques for facilitating active and experiential learning

  • Motivating learning engagement in AL and EL
  • Facilitating engaging discussions
  • Advanced questioning techniques

Take Home Exercise – Practice with a Colleague

Special Guest

  • Scott Andrews

    Head of Worcester Business School, Principal Lecturer in Leadership and Business
    Worcester Business School
    United Kingdom

Affiliated Organization

Session 4 | 12 April 2024

13:00 – 14:00 WAT (08:00 – 9:00 EST)

Techniques for facilitating active and experiential learning: Learning Lessons from Teaching with Case Studies

  • How digital technology is changing business education
  • Modern multi-media cases
  • Examples using technology, such as AI, VR, AR, for active and experiential learning
  • Authoring tools for faculty


  • 13:00 – Welcome and opening interaction
  • 13:05 – Presentation by Dr. Tomasso Agasisti
  • 13:20 – Exercise
  • 13:30 – “Immersive technology” remarks from Luigi Gangitano
  • 13:35 – Group breakout
  • 13:45 – Interactive Q&A with Tomasso and Luigi
  • 13:58 – Closing remarks, assignment/exercise, next session

Special Guest

  • Tommaso Agasisti

    Associate Dean and Professor
    Politecnico di Milano School of Management – PoliMi GSOM – Graduate School of Management
  • Luigi Gangitano

    Chief of Digital Innovation
    POLIMI Graduate School of Management

Affiliated Organization

Session 5 | 19 April 2024

13:00 – 14:00 WAT (08:00 – 9:00 EST)

Topic: Problem-based experiential learning 

  • What does a good problem look like? Towards sustainability?
  • Working with businesses to develop/frame problems? International?
  • What to expect and how to manage while working with companies

Take Home Exercise – Getting Feedback

Special Guest

  • Alain Goudey

    Associate Dean for Digital and Professor, HDR
    NEOMA Business School

Affiliated Organization

Session 6 | 26 April 2024

13:00 – 14:00 WAT (08:00 – 9:00 EST)

Topic: Summary of course and completion of project

  • Review course learning against objectives listed/generated by the group
  • Address questions about AL and EL, especially about applications moving forward
  • Invite examples of new AL and EL planned for next term

Take Home Exercise – Reflections on course and complete assessment