We have just finished with our second learning and training event (TiMES), where we discussed developing curricula, and particularly teaching skills and methods. We also worked on improving competences and skills integral to specific managerial disciplines, providing input essential in other areas of a faculty member's professional life, such as consulting, institution development and administration, and social responsibility.
To give you a better chance to see what we discussed and to perhaps gain some new knowledge and tools, we asked the participants to share some tips and trick that you could use in your teaching practice.
Why should the teachers use cases in teaching?
Cases provide insight into how companies think and gives them a chance to consider complex issues in a safe environment that gives them room to fail or back track from their original positions without consequences. It is a good way for students to learn about industries and business concrete situations. It is also more oriented to practice, gives higher level of engagement and helps develop critical thinking. Participants also added that cases bring more vivid images to the class room and leave more space for creativity. It is important to note that teachers can learn by teaching cases as well.
What is the companies interest to contribute to case writing?
When companies contribute to case teaching it not only helps to develop a relationship with the business school but helps them look at issues in their company with fresh eyes. This may help them learn to approach decision making in a new way. Contributing to case writing is an opportunity for companies to reflect on the things they have done and to think about the things they should do next. It helps them to further analyse and get insights in to their problems while also increasing their reputation.
Why use technology tools in education?
Technology provides us with tools and media that can, if implemented correctly, deliver powerful teaching and promote engaged learning.
Helpful technology ranges from learning management systems, such as tools for student and curriculum management, and education management information systems or more concrete examples like learning platforms and smartboards.
It is important to note that technology in education is means, not the mission. We first need to ask questions like “Who are our stakeholder, and what educational challenges are they facing?” We should never start by creating special websites or dedicated apps and simulations, but rather choose technology or medium that delivers the most effective learning experience for our specific goals.
You can always star with simple explorative steps and use numerous free tools available online. We recommend trying out tools like Kahoot which can make classes more interactive and engage students. A tool like this is especially helpful for larger classes where it is harder to have direct interaction with all students.