!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> Streamline Training & Documentation: The Harvard Business School Version of Participant-Centered Learning

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Harvard Business School Version of Participant-Centered Learning

Harvard Business School has made a collection of video and text materials available that elucidate the school's approach to helping students develop skills and powers of judgment that business managers need in order to be effective. This resource was produced in 2004, drawing on sessions of a colloquium on participant-centered learning that the business school continues to offer every year.

There are three sections to the resource:
  • "A Case Study Teacher in Action"
    The teacher in question is David Garvin.

    (Content map here.)

  • "Answers, Insights, and Advice 1"

    – A 34-minute video clip making the case for participant-centered learning, along with eight shorter clips (all less than three minutes) dealing with such topics as two-way learning, advice for first-time teachers, and qualities of effective teachers.

  • – Fourteen short clips (the longest is just over four minutes) offering advice on how the teacher and students should prepare for classes that use the participant-centered learning approach.

    – A nine-minute clip on the challenges of implementing participant-centered learning, along with six short clips (all less than four minutes) offering further advice on how to adopt and support the technique. There is also a compilation of challenges a school faces in introducing participant-centered learning, and a collection of comments about their own experiences in transitioning to participant-centered learning that members of the colloquium offered.

    (Content map here.)

  • "Answers, Insights, and Advice 2"

    – Thirteen brief clips (none more than two-and-a-half minutes) on how to create a climate for learning.

    – Thirteen brief clips (the longest just over two-and-a-half minutes) on teaching techniques.

    – Eight brief clips (the longest just over two-and-a-half minutes) on evaluating how well learning is proceeding.

    – Seven brief clips (none more than four minutes) on pacing and on soliciting and acting on student feedback.

    (Content map here.)

Transcrips are provided for all the video clips. You can read bios of the eight professors who appear in the clips here.


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