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Unlearning to Better Learn! Innovation in Learning and Teaching at EM Strasbourg Business School

Publié le August 20, 2014, Mis à jour le January 13, 2016

EM Strasbourg Business School has been involved for four years, with the help of recognised university pedagogy consultant Denis Berthiaume, in a series of activities for both faculty and students designed and implemented by its Teaching Innovation unit. The team will be reinforced as from the beginning of the new academic year by pedagogical engineer Lesley Lepage.

Four years ago, the School started to develop a Teaching Innovation Unit whose purpose was to support the faculty’s professional development with regards to pedagogy and to assist students to develop alternative ways of learning. Piloted since 2010 by Denis Berthiaume, university pedagogy specialist and former director of the Teaching and Faculty Support Center at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, the unit has implemented various training activities with a view to helping faculty members to embrace an interactive teaching model conducive to enhanced learner autonomy.

Spotlight on the actions initiated by the Teaching Innovation Unit

Sensitisation opportunities have been provided by the School since 2010 for both permanent and sessional faculty members. The intended goal is to have them progressively review curricula and meet new international accreditation standards. « My objective is to consolidate the actions undertaken by Denis Berthiaume by daily assisting faculty members and their students with creating and developing a genuine culture of sharing and co-construction», Lesley Lepage specifically pointed out.
  • 21 workshops on 12 different themes are offered yearly to faculty members so that they can better develop concrete, interactive and innovative teaching methodologies.
  • Teaching evaluation by students is implemented at the end of each term.
  • Teaching guidance is provided in the form of specifically tailored support and coaching activities on a one-to-one or group basis.
  • Research on learning and teaching is supported through applied research projects.
  • Student ownership of the learning process is at the core of the pedagogy as students are made to better understand their role.

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