Pedagogical innovation is buried in EDHEC’s DNA. Since years, the school is a pioneer in pedagogy and innovation and took several initiatives to stay at the forefront of pedagogical innovation. Moreover, in its 2015-2020 strategy, pedagogical innovation is considered as one of the crucial components of EDHEC’s policy.
In order to further stimulate this process, last year saw the official launch of EDHEC’s Pedagogical Innovation Lab, abbreviated to “EDHEC PILab”. The purpose of the PILab is to support course digitalization. A team of three pedagogical engineers and two technical support people were hired to support this pedagogical innovation initiative.
The school’s credo ‘EDHEC for Business’ is translated in ‘learning-by-doing’ programs. Based on active learning theories, the target of ‘learning-by-doing’ is to involve the student and make her/him an actor of her/his learning. Thanks to this dynamic, the student is able to develop its critical thinking, creativity and self-evaluation. We believe at EDHEC that such a way to learn will help students to win on autonomy, responsibility and work performance.
The development of real-life case studies which are taught in class is one way to put forward this approach. Also Our Open Innovation, Nego & Explora, seminars, where students search for an innovative solution for company’s existing problems is greatly appreciated, as well as the hackathons, dedicated workshops and simulation games that are organised during the year.
Uses and needs are evolving, at EDHEC student experience is our moto in all these innovations.
But the important for students is to live it all together but all in they own way. Integrate seamlessly into our learning platform, give opportunity to students and professors to teach and learn differently,
Developing more flexible and high tech rooms with flexible furnitures and multi-device configurations, redesign spaces, find smooth and scalable technological solutions to enhance creativity and collaboration.
Blended learning gives the students the opportunity to learn outside the classroom (flipped classroom), to prepare classes or even to revise learning material seen in class. Online material is made available on our Edhec Learning Platform, our online learning management system, where videos, online quizzes, exercises and solutions can be consulted according to the pace of the student. Moreover, EDHEC has a dedicated workforce to develop and record professional video content, both for its faculty and its students.
EDHEC is using its digital capabilities to develop a multi-channel approach focusing on blended learning solutions. With the help of the PILab, several courses and programs are already transformed from a static course to a dynamic, multi-channel learning tracjectory. Some programs, like the BBA Online and the CSM, are almost 100% online.
Innovation and pedagogical innovation does not come overnight. Key success factors in this process are the stimulation of interactions between professors and students, the support and guidance given to our faculty, the organization of trainings and workshops, and the development of policies that can help professors to innovate.
The PIlab supports instructors at EDHEC to effectively use educational technologies and spaces through:
Consultations: PILab can provide guidance and advice for professors wishing to use new tools in their courses
Workshops which focus on effective teaching using: Audio/Video, Presenting, Polling/Assessing, Time Management, Screen Capture software.
Food for Pedagogical Thought where professors can discuss and share their experience and learn from their peers
Faculty members at EDHEC may ask for support from the PILab for the purpose of redeveloping a current course into a blended learning format:
With 2 studios (Lille and Nice campus), classrooms equipped for lecture capture, … PILab team can provide technical support to instructors to video filming and editing, creation of animations, and support with the learning platform uploading.
One of these initiatives are the monthly meetings with professors and students where they can discuss and share pedagogical subjects (Food for Pedagogical Thought for professors – and Student Focus Groups for students). In that way, EDHEC Business School keeps on experiencing active pedagogy and digital innovations.