Written on 28 April 2020.
PiLab, EDHEC’s specialist pedagogical innovation laboratory, enhances the pedagogical experience for students, professors and researchers alike.
As a genuine creative hub for the School, PiLab supports professors on a daily basis, advising them on pedagogical scenarios for their classes. It also steers research and the deployment of digital tools used to offer innovative, interactive and customised teaching methods.
The six-strong PiLab team comprises two pedagogical engineers, two multi-media engineers, a Learning Management System expert and a Digital Learning Experience Manager.
To train EDHEC professors in making the most of the digital tools used by the School - BlackBoard, Collaborate, Teams, Suite Office 365 – the team ran over 70 workshops for EDHEC professors in 2019.
The PiLab team also holds regular meetings of the PiLab Board, comprising professors, and the Student Shadow Committee, comprising students. These two bodies allow PiLab to understand the expectations of these two cohorts and work with them to build new innovative pedagogical solutions, using various means including design-thinking workshops.
Right from the onset of confinement in mid-March 2020, the EDHEC PiLab put all its resources and strengths to work in support of EDHEC researchers, professors and students, in order to make distance teaching more accessible and ensure a highly positive experience for all.
All in all, close to 200 collective and individual training sessions were delivered in less than a month.
These training sessions were primarily devoted to providing advice and support in relation to the provision of classes and exams online, these practices already being well-established at EDHEC, notably via an increasing number of blended courses on the EDHEC Master.
Faced with these exceptional conditions, with their demands for immediacy and a mandatory shift of all classes on all programmes to distance formats, PiLab played a genuine support, training and pedagogical role for the whole of the EDHEC community.
PiLab’s missions have multiplied and intensified these last two months:
Since 25 March:
The PiLab team has received widespread thanks, particularly for its engagement, professionalism and contribution during these unusual and challenging times.
Further proof that EDHEC Business School knows how to adapt and continue to make a positive impact on the world.