Richard Straub, introduced the final session of the EFMD Conference 2014, stating then blended learning seemed outdated and the need to discuss what would go beyond this methodology and take us to the next stage.
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At the EFMD Annual Conference 2014, Vivek Goel, Chief Academic Strategist, Coursera, kicked off the fourth Plenary by stating that the traditional university has many years to go and will never be replaced by online learning. He then went on to outline exactly what a MOOC is and how they can supplement teaching and learning.
Thomas Estermann began by talking about trends in finance in higher education. According to Mr. Estermann, performance based funding is now widely used but there are different ideas on what exactly the performance should be. The number of Bachelor and Masters Students is very important, as is the number of international students. What happens if the indicators change, especially if more than 50% of funding comes from public funds? Usually the indicators remain stable and there is also a dialogue between the different actors before they are changed.
At the EFMD Annual Conference 2014, Olivier Lamirault & Laurence Hélène outlined the SmartEcole project that has been developed at EM Normandy in France. The school had in fact begun working on e-learning and blended learning pedagogies 15 years ago. With the SmartEcole, the idea was to the use the feedback they had had, their experience of blended learning with teaching practices known to improve the quality of learning and employability. Accordingly, they worked on individualization, engagement, learning by doing, collaborative work, formal and informal learning. Continue reading
At the Roundtable Martin Schader the Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD, and Rebecca Taylor, Dean Open University UK, spoke during the breakout sessions on Roundtable on New Technologies & Accreditation. Discussing how MOOCs are now becoming more prevalent in education as well as how different technologies can be embedded in the learning experience.
Deans, rectors and architects have a lot in common; all three have to lift heavy weights. Weight costs money and involves a lot of time and politics. The goal of learning is to get knowledge but you also need real world experience.Architecture can help this process but it cannot improve the intelligence of the students. We have to understand how we can help them learn more. Continue reading
The 2014 EFMD Annual Conference was officially opened by Barbara Sporn, Vice Rector & Conference Chair at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. She thanked everyone for their participation in the organising of the event and the large number of delegates that were participating. Continue reading
At the 1st EFMD Americas Conference in Sao Paulo, Howard Thomas began by praising the organisation of the conference and the quality of the speakers present. “At many conferences, you listen to things you have heard before, but not at this one.” He then outlined the challenges faced by business schools and how they should be addressed.
Business Schools fulfil a variety of roles like providing (executive) education, knowledge production or facilitating entrepreneurship. Are these roles changing and how do they look like in the future?
At the 1st EFMD America Conference in Sao Paulo, a panel of corporate experts from Valor Econômico, Avon, PwC and General Electric animate at lively and informative discussion on the state of education in Brazil and how executive education can help the business world.
At the 1st EFMD Americas Conference in Sao Paulo, 80 participants were welcomed by Ms. Tereza Fleury, Director of hosted FGV and Eric Cornuel, General Director of EFMD.