Innovative ideas are becoming a reality.

Five of the winners—from Pepperdine University, ESADE Business School, the University of Texas at Tyler, the University of Waterloo and the University of California at San Diego—are building online, international collaboration among business school students and faculty. These include programs to create virtual campuses, classrooms and training modules.

ESADE Business School

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The Global Integrative Module

April 2012-January 2015

The Global Integrative Module will propose a joint teaching and learning experience between ESADE and three other international business schools in the E.U., the U.S. and East Asia through an online platform. This program will require students (undergraduate, MSc and MBA) to integrate knowledge and competencies acquired in various previously pursued courses to evaluate and establish a personal position on a global management challenge. The objective is that students will be confronted with an authentic problem, whose complexity will require their addressing it from the social, political, people management and economic dimensions. Students will work in teams composed of students from different institutions (and thus from diverse cultural backgrounds) and from different academic programs (and thus of various profile and equipped with different kinds of expertise) using both conceptual and practical knowledge derived from stakeholders whom they will also be required to interview to construct their positioning on the matter. This program will be based on the transfer of educational innovation knowledge from previous success implementations of the Integrative Module in the curriculum of the Bachelor of Business Administration at ESADE, and will take place during two academic years.

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Pepperdine University

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Management Education Collaboration Network (MECNET)
April 2012-December 2012

The Management Education Collaboration Network (MECNET) is an online, cloud-based point of convergence for business faculty to share ideas and best practices. The program will highlight significant developments in graduate management education including new learning technologies, globalization, changing demographics and sustainability issues. This system is specifically based on the MET’s Phase I Cloud Business Networking idea. MECNET will provide the management education community with a dynamic vehicle to drive innovation regarding student learning through the sharing and exchanging of ideas. The proposed effort is built around the following three core tasks: a) Extensive literature review on collaborative learning networks; b) Detailed survey and analysis of stakeholder attitudes towards collaborative learning networks; and c) Preparation of MECNET requirements and specifications including the identification of candidate implementation vendors.

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UC San Diego

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The Regents of the University of California, San Diego, Rady School of Management (San Diego)

A Whole New World of Opportunity: Collaboration in the Virtual World

May 2012-April 2014

This project will create a virtual campus to foster collaboration across graduate management programs internationally. Students will be able to navigate an online, interactive environment that will offer opportunities to receive coaching and attend seminars and other group learning activities. The first phase of the project will include the development and launch of the virtual environment, and the second phase will be a “soft opening” of the environment, including participation from a select number of international universities, followed by a grand opening when the platform is opened and marketed to interested universities.

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UT Tyler

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University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler)
Enhancing Relevance in the Graduate Business Curriculum through Factory Videos
August 2012-February 2013

The University of Texas at Tyler will create a virtual manufacturing environment using video feeds from an existing factory in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico to illustrate concepts discussed in graduate management coursework. The project aims to immerse students into the factory’s operations, make the classroom concepts more relevant and to personalize the experience by introducing factory staff.

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University of Waterloo, Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (Waterloo)

VIP: The Virtual Incubation Program at the University of Waterloo

October 2012-June 2017

The Virtual Incubation Program (VIP) is a global, online network of students, community groups, local entrepreneurs and international university partners, designed to support the development and launch of new businesses. The program will be administered by the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (Conrad) at the University of Waterloo.

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