Teaching innovation is a fundamental pillar of the system to improve the quality of tuition. With this in mind, the Teaching Innovation Group (GID-EAE) was created. Members of the School’s faculty form part of the EAE’s Entrepreneurship and Administration Teaching Innovation Group, the main objective of which is to be a driving force behind the development of EAE’s in-house pedagogical model.
In addition, the Group's other functions are identifying and analysing innovative teaching practices, updating tuition methodologies on the courses that make up the programs run by EAE, and promoting the use and exchange of new teaching methodologies.
The creation of this group also has two complementary objectives: improving teaching practices and conducting research in coordination with the Interdisciplinary Tourism Research Group (GRIT).
The group’s main lines of research focus on the following areas:
Active methodologies in teaching.
Exploration of computer tools and resources to support teaching and learning.
Competence-based evaluation and assessment innovation.
Reflection on the task of teaching and gathering experiences.
Incorporation of the GID into the RIMA Focus Group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Research and Innovation in Learning Methodologies).
By incorporating the GID into the UPC’s RIMA group, we are striving to drive forward improvements in teaching and the performance of research into teaching practices within the context of tuition in company administration and business initiative. As such, the main working objectives are as follows:
Identifying and analysing of innovative teaching practices.
Updating teaching methodologies on different courses.
Promoting the use and exchange of new teaching methodologies.
The planned activities, which are at various stages of execution, include participation and dissemination of the group’s activities and results in inter-university forums; the creation of a knowledge management platform for the development and application of new teaching methodologies from an interdisciplinary perspective; and the creation of a working group to structure the process of evaluation and assessment based on cross-disciplinary competences.
Once the group is established, headed by Dr. Albert Arisó, Coordinator of EAE’s Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Management, the dissemination of its results and activities will be promoted.
GID-EAE, new group joining the RIMA Project
The Teaching Innovation Group in Entrepreneurship and Administration of EAE Business School (GID-EAE) has joined the RIMA Project (Research and Innovation in Learning Methodologies by its Catalan acronym) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. This means that EAE will become a member of the grouping of the different departments of the Catalan university with an interest in teaching innovation. This is great news that also strengthens the School’s links with higher university education.
EAE’s group will strive to achieve three key objectives: Identifying and analysing of innovative teaching practices, updating teaching methodologies on different courses and promoting the use and exchange of new teaching methodologies.
A range of teacher profiles can join EAE’s Teaching Innovation Group: PhD students in the final stages of preparing their doctoral theses, accredited or unaccredited professors, etc. In particular, the groups are aimed at lecturers teaching on Bachelor Degrees, although the door is left wide open for professionals teaching on postgraduate programs.
Albert Arisó, Coordinator of the Bachelor Degree in BAM and Director of GID, speaker at the ICERI Conference 2015
As a philosopher and educator, Albert Arisó speaks enthusiastically about his teaching activity. The Coordinator of the Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Management and Director of EAE’s Teaching Innovation Group (GID-EAE), he has recently taken part as a speaker at the Education and Innovation Conference ICERI 2015. In this interview, we discuss his participation at the event and other issues related to teaching on the Bachelor Degree that he coordinates.
What dies the ICERI Conference 2015 held in Seville involve?
It is an annual event that brings together professional interested in innovation,education and research. This year’s edition was extremely interesting as it brought together 600 participants from more than 75 countries, making it one of the biggest conferences in the sector. This multicultural experience provided a meeting point that enabled us to share times with colleagues. It was a great experience for me.
Can you give us an overview of your presentation and participation at the Conference?
Taking advantage of the fact that, at the School, we are conducting a review of competences and implementing personalised tutorials for each student on this matter, in my presentation, which I have prepared with Michele Girotto, I explain what we do on the Bachelor Degree de BAM at the School. In the Bachelor Degree thesis, our students tackle realities that differ for what we learn in class or, in other words, general or specific competences, such as teamwork, speaking in public, etc. We have identified that they grasp and acquire the competences learned but they find it difficult to apply them. As such, we try to explain how these competences are interrelated.
How do you define the concept of competences and how do you apply them in the study programs at EAE?
Competences are not just a matter of knowledge skills but rather they encompass knowing what to do and how to act. Applying them is a question of what we call meta-competence or, to put it another way, that students are aware of when to use them. In my opinion, meta-competence is the capacity to know how to combine and related competences in different situation.
At EAE, we are currently conducting research to ascertain whether competences are interrelated or, in other words, identifying what we refer to as the holistic nature of competences. This is related to knowing whether a student who is good at working in a team is also good at communicating, or whether they are bad at managing information. We group them to see whether they are related and, to do so, we conduct surveys with students and ask them questions about this topic. Based in the results, we can evaluate and continue our research in this field.
Is this something that you have been developing in the Bachelor Degree in BAM over the years?
Yes, indeed. We have been doing this for some time now. At EAE, students do not only receive content but rather they also have to learn how to manage it, now more than ever as we have a huge amount of information to deal with. In my opinion, it is a matter of being aware that, as well as gradually acquiring a series of generic competences (communication, teamwork, decision-making, etc.), students also have to know how to apply them. The Bachelor Degree thesis is a good simulator that prepares them to apply their competences to situations of uncertainty, like those that we face in society.
As the Coordinator of the School’s Bachelor Degree de BAM, could you tell us how these studies have evolved over the years?
It is different for the faculty and the students. The modern student is restless, wanting to interact, as they usually have the information. The teacher has to take it further, to ensure that the student knows how to apply the information to each problem. The teacher is a tutor that helps the student learn to learn, in an almost Socratic way. It is necessary to explain that students need to keep learning. Conveying content has no value. We need to educate and train.
What are the differentiating features of the BAM programs of study at EAE Business School?
We place a special emphasis on personalisation for the student. We strive to ensure that our students acquire comprehensive understanding of communication so that, at all times, they get what they need. Moreover, I would highlight the atmosphere of partnership, teamwork, developing social skills. Our classrooms are learning laboratories, and we also encourage them to perform self-assessment.
In these interviews, we find out a little more about the work of each professional at the School. Can you tell us about your current roles at EAE?
I am the Coordinator of the Bachelor Degree in BAM and I also teach on the program. I don’t think that you can talk about education if you don’t teach. In addition, I like to have direct contact with the students. Moreover, I am the director of the Teaching Innovation Group, which is now part of the UPC’s RIMA teaching innovation group, which is a research group that brings together different departments of the UPC and professionals interested in teaching innovation. It is an important thing for us.
What are the main tips that you give to students?
I always give them the same advice: In life, there are good times and bad times at both a professional and personal level. This aspect is variable, but knowledge remains throughout, making it the best investment.
EAE is a semi-finalist for the prestigious academic Reimagine Awards of the Wharton School
The board of the Reimagine Awards, the prestigious accolades granted by the Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania (U-Penn), has named EAE’s Learning Innovation Group (GID-EAE)a semi-finalist in the 2015 edition of the award.
The annual contest acknowledges pedagogical innovation initiatives presented by universities and business schools all around the world. The initiatives are judged in four categories:
Hybrid Learning Innovation
Presence Learning Innovation
In the Hybrid Learning Innovation category, the GID-EAE group presented the teaching and learning methodology designed by EAE for its new Global Education programs: International Master in Supply Chain Management & Logistics and International Master in Project Management.
The three finalists in each category, and the final prize of 50,000 dollars will be announced at the Reimagine Education Congress, which will take place from 7 to 9 December in Philadelphia, and which Josep Mª Altarriba, Dean of EAE will be attending.
Thanks to this, these masters, from now on can bear this academic recognition.
EAE’s Teaching Innovation Group will take part in the international teaching innovation conference EUCEN
The Teaching Innovation Group of EAE (GID-EAE) will give a presentation during the 25th edition of the EUCEN conference, which is entitled “Crossing borders through lifelong learning: enhancing quality and equity in higher education”. The presentation has been prepared by Dr. Dolores Ruiz, the lecturer on the Master in Human Resource Management at EAE Business School.
The prestigious teaching innovation conference EUCEN is organised by the Higher Education Research Center (HERC) in collaboration with Dublin City University (DCU). It will take place in the Irish capital from 1st to 3rd June.
Over the course of the event, various aspects of lifelong education will be discussed with the aim of creating an Intra-European dialogue, spanning regional, disciplinary, institutional and generational divisions in the field of lifelong learning.
The presentation given by Dr. Dolores Ruiz, is entitled “Engaging and inspiring adult learners: overcoming obstacles in cross-cultural audiences”, and it tackles the difficulties of bringing students of different cultures and nationalities together within the framework of lifelong education. As the lecturer explains, “globalisation has changed the face of linguistic, social and cultural diversity at a worldwide level. This rise in diversity has resulted in the emergence of new challenges for modern societies, including the provision of higher education and teaching”.
The work to be presented at the congress explores the strategies that have been put into practice to promote the participation of intercultural students at EAE Business School. To prepare the presentation, interviews were conducted with lecturers and directors of studies. The results confirm the existence and implementation of methodologies designed to enhance communicative competences, teamwork and self-confidence among students from different cultural backgrounds at EAE
Dr. Dolores Ruiz states that the School’s participation in the international EUCEN conference is significant “not only because it enables EAE to internationalise its teaching innovation, but also because ithighlights the fact that the international of its students helps to enrich and develop skills in a globalised setting”.
EAE’s Teaching Innovation Group
will take part in the international conference on educational institutions as drivers of equality and community development (IDEAS)
The Scientific Board of the international conference on educational institutions as drivers of equality and community development (IDEAS) has announced the acceptance of a presentation on competence evaluation in Bachelor Degree theses (TFG), presented by EAE’s Teaching Innovation Group (GID-EAE). Organised by the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica in collaboration with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the conference will be held in Cartago (Costa Rica), on 25th and 26th November. The research was conducted by Dr. Albert Arisó, Coordinator of the Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Management and Dr. Cristina Tomàs, Director of the Postgraduate.