The Best Case Scenario: Scenarios for Serious Learning
Concurrent Session 3
This interactive session explores how we drew upon foundational teaching and learning practices--scenario-based learning, backwards design, curriculum mapping, and the latest neuroeducation research--to redesign an MBA program to meet new challenges and opportunities identified by our students, faculty, and the employers who hire our graduates.
The world is changing rapidly and our graduates need to be able to solve wicked problems. We approached the redesign of our MBA program with this challenge in mind. In this session, we focus on foundational teaching and learning practices: scenario-based learning, backwards design, curriculum mapping, and neuro-education research related to design and teaching. We will share how we applied these approaches to create new teaching and learning experiences designed to meet the demands of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).
The inspiration to redesign the program stemmed from many factors including the competitive marketplace, student feedback, faculty feedback, and the need for curricula to adapt to industry standards. As with any university, we had some non-negotiable constraints to work within. Each speaker will present a scenario that drove our decision making. After we set the stage with a scenario, we’ll provide a range of options that we faced, and invite participants to consider which option they would have pursued.
We will share key inflection points: How do we learn more about our learners? How do we balance the theoretical with the practical to create a student-centered program? How are business practices -- teamwork, leadership, self-directed learning, strategic and operational thinking, corporate social responsibility -- best integrated into the curriculum? How can scenario-based learning be designed to give students a safe space to practice, fail, and practice more the skills their current and future employers seek? How do we map the curriculum for increased flexibility and with future program efficacy data in mind? Attendees will come away with reference tools and concrete ideas that address these and other questions.