Post-panel themes – Digital Learning in Management Education, 8 Nov @ Surrey Business School

The Centre for Management Learning (CML) & BAM SIG Knowledge & Learning held a successful collaborative panel discussion on the 8th of November 2017. The panel consisted of academics, practitioners and PhD students including Dr Lisa Anderson, Incoming Vice-Chair MKE, BAM.

Three major themes emerged from the discussion that certainly give food for thought:

  1. The panel discussed the concept of digital learning in management education and how it is used “wrongly” or “rightly” to frame a new form of learning. The panel agreed that the fundamental process of learning might not change regardless of taking place in an online or offline environment but the competencies required to access information have changed and this is relevant for both students and educators. Thus, it was agreed that the term digital learning might not be suitable in this context and instead educators might want to talk about the specificities and requirements of Management Education in Digital Spaces.
  2. Identifying specificities and requirements for Management Education in digital spaces requires students and management educators to be equipped with the relevant competencies. In particular course design skills were mentioned as widely underdeveloped in management education. Digital course design skills include knowledge about content creation and assessment design for instance. In addition, the panel emphasised the need for allocating time and resources to the development of these competencies including assessment of staff readiness and recruitment and warned of simply converting existing staff.
  3. Management educators should make informed decisions why technology will be used to deliver a programme (blended or fully) and how, transactional versus relational for instance.  The panel strongly emphasised to avoid using technology in management education for the sake of it and suggests that management educators should be clear about and evaluate the reasons for using technology before designing programmes.