During the 2019 Annual Meeting in Copenhagen, the Teaching and Education Shared Interest Group (T&E SIG) provided a forum for AIB members to share their greatest pedagogical successes and most pressing challenges.
At the core of these efforts were our Teaching Cafés, daily sessions which provided a relaxed and informal environment to exchange opinions and useful teaching tips, strategies, and materials. At the end of each session, attendees were encouraged to exchange their professional contact information and engage in continued collaboration throughout the coming academic year.
Teaching Cafés focusing on experiential learning tools and short exercises were particularly popular this year. The strategies discussed ranged from gamification to the use of puppets to characterize a business situation, to the use of illustrations to help students visualize core international business concepts. Another popular Teaching Café demonstrated potential applications for virtual reality technology in our ongoing efforts to make IB courses more interactive. Attendees had an opportunity to try a VR headset on for themselves to see first-hand how this technology can be used to simulate a trip to a foreign country or other relevant learning environments.
As a means of promoting excellence in IB education, both in practice and as a topic of research, T&E SIG was also proud to present two Teaching Awards during the Copenhagen meeting.
The Award for Best Paper on International Education, sponsored by Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE) was presented to Robert David Stephens, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Ernesto Tavoletti, University of Macerata, and Longzhu Dong, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, for the paper “Peer Evaluation and Team Performance in Global Virtual Teams”.
The T&E SIG Best Teaching Panel Award was presented to the Professional Development Workshop “Experiential Learning Lesson Plan Workshop: Sharing Ideas and Strategies for Student Success”. The recipients included Session Chair Karen Lynden, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and panelists Frank Florinel Cotae, Mount Royal University, Paul Kalfadellis, Monash University, Shad Morris, Brigham Young University, Jacqueline Musabende, Mount Royal University, James Oldroyd, Brigham Young University, Mikael Soendergaard, Aarhus University, and Siddhartha Saxena, Ahmedabad University.
T&E SIG extends its congratulations to all of our winners and is looking forward to more insightful papers and thought-provoking panels at next year’s conference.
Based on all of the positive feedback we’ve received over the past two years, T&E SIG plans to continue holding Teaching Café sessions during all of AIB’s future Annual Meetings. To ensure that the topics addressed by our 2020 Teaching Cafés are a good match for the specific interests of our members, the T&E Executive Committee will be sending out the survey seeking feedback and suggestions. Your feedback will be invaluable to our planning efforts, so please keep an eye on your inboxes.
As a new initiative, during the next year’s Annual Meeting, T&E SIG also plans to launch some brand new programming at next year’s Annual Meeting: the T&E Pre-Conference Workshop. It will be a hands-on exploration of experiential learning techniques which are applicable in a wide variety of IB courses. More information about this workshop will be made available soon on our SIG homepage.