A lot has happened regarding learning pedagogy over the last few years. Some of you certainly remember the days, when teaching was a one-man-show. How many times did you lose the thread of what the teacher was saying? As a result, you learned less than you should, and definitely less than you could.
Old school didactic teaching
Today, times have changed. We – and I am speaking solely of the Lorange Institute of Business – we are able to offer effective learning in significantly shorter time than before.
This is built on a principle of more active participation by you, the learners, including on more sharing of best practice. Nevertheless, not everything must be learnt in groups. An individual at home can perhaps best learn basics, taking advantage of current computer-based support. This would set free precious classroom time to be more focused on discussing current key dilemmas!
Here is how it works:
Flat-floors vs. auditorium
The classes take place in what I would call ‘flat rooms’, the opposite of auditoria. Classrooms with flat floors and round tables are better suited for discussions than auditoria with amphitheater rows of seats.
Discussions vs. didactic teaching
The professor tends to “walk around” in the classroom and not to stand in a stationary manor behind a desk. He / she lectures for 20 minutes. – Research on cognition indicates that this represents about the maximum of the length that participants can concentrate. He / she only shows a few slides and articulates dilemmas for discussion
The participants, seated around round tables à 7 (max), pre-assigned to avoid corporate contrary and/or friendship liaises, are now discussing these key dilemmas again for 20 minutes.
“I enjoyed the balance of a lecture with a pragmatic group discussion. I was able to learn from the expert, from my peers, and from sharing views and experiences in a very efficient manner.” Ken Low, GCI Group
Finally, there is a plenary discussion among all – again for 20 minutes. The maximum class size would be around 35 participants – i.e. a maximum of 5 tables. The professor attempts to draw conclusions, written down on walls and flipcharts, and copied to the participants; or, using todays digital tools, working with an open document, accessible to all participants via cloud computing.
Results in 2 instead of 5 days
Tentative experience with this pedagogical approach are indeed promising – it seems as if one would need no more than 2 days to cover what one might have needed – ca. 5 days to cover in a classical classroom setting!
“I very much liked the Shipping Markets workshop; it was very well and efficient time spent and I will definitely be back next year. The exchange of knowledge between the participants was great and the way we had the possibilities to interact.” Alexander Jönsson, Reederei Zürich AG
Implications: Busy executives will profit
Busy executives, more-and-more facing shortage of time, are those that above all seem to welcome the new pedagogy. The Lorange Institute of Business Zurich is in the lead when it comes to this.