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Invitation to the MED Global Forum Best Symposium Award Presentation in Seattle

  • 1.  Invitation to the MED Global Forum Best Symposium Award Presentation in Seattle

    Posted 26 days ago
    Dear MED colleagues,

    How is your summer going? I hope that you are managing to balance well all areas of work and life. If you are attending the annual meeting in Seattle, whether physically or virtually, Payal Kumar and I are delighted to invite you to come to our symposium, which won the MED Global Forum Best Symposium Award this year.

    The symposium brings together a team of international scholars who will share research and practice insights they gained on a theme that has been on all of our minds: how the COVID pandemic affected our teaching & learning processes. Don't worry about the early start, our dynamic team of presenters will make sure to wake you up with their lively presentations!

    Synchronous and Asynchronous Teaching: Realigning Teaching Approaches to a VUCA World (session 616)

    8:00 AM - 9:30 AM PST on Sunday, 7 August

    SCC: Room 305 (Hybrid)

    MED Global Forum Best Symposium Award for the symposium that best creates the opportunity to address global issues of significance to management education and/or development.

    The pandemic brought many challenges, stress and difficulties and, for many individuals and institutions, an unprecedented uncertainty levels. Many countries are still moving from relaxing to tightening lock-downs. While causing major disruptions, VUCA situations provide important and acute lessons. Our symposium brings together an international group of authors whose four papers (spanning quantitative, qualitative and case study methodologies) that investigated how students, academics and business schools responded to the challenges brought by the pandemic. The four papers discuss complimentary issues: Swiss school faculty emotional reactions and gaining resilience; the challenges that lecturers in Canadian business schools using Experiential Learning faced when attempting to translate those methods to the virtual classroom; how lecturers used a Transformative Learning Pedagogy approach to design a doctoral research methods course delivered online in the US; and an analysis of several ethical dilemmas that faced a leading Indian business school and how they were met. The insights that these scholars bring are relevant not only for the changes in teaching modes brought about by the pandemic but for a host of unexpected situations faced in an increasingly VUCA world.

    Jacob Eisenberg
    Associate Professor
    UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School