Hands on is the best way to learn and storytelling is a powerful tool in teaching. Faculty at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business don’t stand behind a podium and opine—they create memorable experiences for executive education participants. Participants practice what we teach. All day long, people are on the move, thinking, making decisions, and working to influence others. We engage the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains to make sure people learn by doing--and have a great time in the process.
Some of our popular experiences and staff rides include:
- An innovation scavenger hunt in Washington, D.C.
- A survival exercise that teaches critical thinking, decision-making, creativity and collaboration skills –outdoors.
- Team contests to test innovation, creativity, teamwork, collaboration and flexibility, and resilience.
- Guided tours of locations including the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in the company of a U.S. Astronaut, and private visits to the U.S. Capitol in the company of a former Congressman.
- Lessons on Leadership from the Battlefield at Gettysburg, Manassas or Antietam
Our faculty and staff will always request an orientation that allows us to understand the culture of your organization, and the challenges you face. We seek access to your leaders, strategic plan and financial information so we can develop case studies based on your environment. Small group work will often concentrate on new approaches to your everyday challenges. We encourage your executives to share candid stories with participants in informal settings. The better we know your organization, the better we can support you to learn, lead and succeed.
Action Learning Projects
Smith will partner with your Learning and Development team to identify real-world issues facing your enterprise. In the intercession between classes we will facilitate virtual work groups so participants can apply their classroom learning to persistent or emerging challenges. We recommend that you appoint internal mentors or project champions to work with each group. At the conclusion of your program, participants will present their project business plans to your executives. We have a high rate of adoption and operationalization for many of these projects and of course the collaboration forges strong bonds between the members of each work group. Action Learning Projects are a valuable way to make sure learning sticks and is applied. Action Learning Projects are a great way to measure return on investment in training.
Talk to us about your learning objectives and let us design a great experience just for you.