International Community Interested in Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley's Learn-by-doing Methodology-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

International Community Interested in Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley's Learn-by-doing Methodology-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

International Community Interested in Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley's Learn-by-doing Methodology

Ray Bareiss, Director of Educational Programs at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, was invited by Ramon Ollé Ribalta, the Executive President of the Business Engineering School La Salle of Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona, Spain to present a one-week workshop for faculty on teaching in a learning-by-doing curriculum.

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La Salle will be launching a story-centered MBA curriculum next year, similar in spirit to the Silicon Valley campus’ Master's in Software Management. The program calls for teaching by coaching rather than by lecturing -- a new skill for La Salle's faculty. Bareiss explains, “We began the week by asking faculty to play the student role, actually performing one small task in its entirety and planning how to accomplish a complex multi-week task drawn from the curriculum. Beyond that, we had two discussion sessions a day on teaching. On the final day, a colleague and I asked students to teach us something new, and we provided feedback on how they set up the learning experience and how they coached us to succeed.”

As the international community continues to express their interest in Carnegie Mellon, we anticipate more collaborative efforts such as this one to expand the innovative programs being developed here, globally. Bareiss says, “It was a great honor to be invited by the president to help educate the faculty at La Salle on our unique style of teaching. Wide-ranging research indicates that placing students into a realistic, learning-by-doing context provides the greatest retention of the knowledge and skills being taught.”