Program Format: June 6–7, 2019. This two-day-long seminar will be conducted on-site at the Darden School's Sands Family Grounds, located in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. The course has two parts. The first day and a half will focus on structured learning sessions with both full-group and breakout portions. Participants will have many opportunities to discuss and explore. The second half of the second day will be a practicum in which participants will be given opportunities to lead a portion of a discussion, observe others doing so, and both provide and receive feedback.
Tuition and Certificates: $1,200.00 covers materials, breakfast, and lunch for the program. For additional information, please email Elliot Leflar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Overview: This two-day program is a high-energy, high-engagement introduction to the strategies and methods essential to creating a successful student-centered learning environment—the environment central to successful experiential learning and at the heart of most case method teaching. The program describes the tools and techniques commonly employed by the best case method teachers, explores the appropriate use of student-centered learning in a variety of settings, and helps participants build their own unique teaching styles employing student-centered techniques. The experience will benefit anyone interested in creating compelling learning environments—university professors, corporate university instructors, and consultants—by deepening their ability to stimulate student learning. The program will focus on (1) tips and techniques for creating high-energy discussions that foster deep learning by participants, (2) strategies and structures to ensure learning objectives are achieved even in the fluid and unpredictable setting that is at the heart of student-centered learning, (3) clearly articulating the advantages and disadvantages of student-centered learning, with an emphasis on mitigating the disadvantages and leveraging the advantages in a variety of settings, and (4) helping participants develop their own unique approaches to employing these techniques The conference will be led by Darden faculty with a track record of classroom excellence and award-winning performance. '
Darden Faculty Leaders: Mary Margaret Frank and Marc Lipson have taught extensively and in a broad variety of contexts, including open-enrollment and customized executive education, undergraduate and MBA classes, and speaker engagements. Their expertise ranges from Leadership to Accounting and Finance.
Participants: This program is designed for faculty and corporate/organizational trainers and educators who wish to master the case method pedagogical approach and to further develop their own unique teaching styles. This seminar is appropriate for new and experienced instructors in any area of business study. The sessions will be highly interactive—to model the processes and techniques discussed in class as well as to generate learning-by-doing opportunities for the participants. Preparation for the seminar will include a modest amount of pre-seminar reading.
Program Outline: The program will emphasize and model the key learning objectives, by implementing the techniques being taught and by requiring participants to engage actively in the sessions. The seminar will include very little advance preparation, but participants will be expected to prepare during the day for various activities and to share their perspectives throughout the program. By leveraging unique participant questions and challenges arising from their own instruction environments, the seminar leaders will engage with a broad range of contexts and emphasize the general applicability of student-centered learning.