The Office of Transformational Learning (OTL) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business values experiential learning and constantly seeks out new opportunities to incorporate more immersive and engaging activities into the classroom environment. To contact OTL about supporting experiential learning at Smith, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smith Live Cases are an experiential learning initiative through which strategic companies are invited to create and deliver business cases for Smith School core courses. These cases are designed to develop students’ content knowledge and critical thinking. All companies, identified in collaboration with the school’s Office of Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations, are invited to contribute financially as well.
Smith Live Cases have the potential to be an ongoing feature of core courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Target, Unilever, SC&H, Deloitte Consulting, New Day USA, SalesForce, Mattel, and BDO have worked with us for Smith Live Cases.
Smith Executive Cases are video cases based on interviews with Smith alumni that present opportunities to engage alumni while providing experiential learning for students. These cases require minimal time from alumni and are simple to use, adapt and reuse in order to provide the best possible return on investment. These Executive Cases help to develop creative ways to better achieve learning outcomes, expand experiential opportunities across programs, create infrastructure, and incentives for learning transformation while strengthening the culture of collaboration for maximum impact. To achieve this project, OTL interfaces with similar groups of stakeholders as the Live Cases, and the Office of Marketing Communications.
This project is still in its development phase, as we are currently building the infrastructure needed to create a case and hope to complete the first pilot for Fall 2020. We have worked closely with the Office of Marketing and Communications to secure a vendor for video production, and we are in contact with the Office of Alumni Relations to secure initial alumni for our pilot case.