Experiential Educator Feature
How do your students benefit from experiential learning?
There is a big difference between talking about business strategies and actually developing them. Experiential learning gives students hands on experience tackling a real-world problem and formulating meaningful solutions. By doing so they get to put theories into practice and hone critical skills needed to be successful in business. The biggest benefit to the students from this experience is that they have tangible results to showcase in their job interviews rather than just discussing business concepts and theories.
What skills do your students use when engaged in experiential learning?
Students go through a full strategic consulting methodology from Situation Assessment, to analyzing the Competitive L andscape, information gathering from Subject Matter Experts, and Idea Generation to solve the business problem. In doing so, they sharpen their critical and inventive thinking, as well as their skills of persuasion to make their business case. Most important, they develop the street smarts to come up with a compelling solution within the limited time and resources provided.
What's the most challenging part of being an #ExperientialEducator?
The biggest challenge is defining a business challenge that is meaningful to the company and achievable by the students within the timeframe available. Companies need to provide students with enough research, industry studies and data to get them up the learning curve quickly. All the participants in the project will sign non-disclosure agreements to ensure confidentiality. Companies also need to dedicate a reasonable amount of time for periodic check ins with students to serve as sounding boards for their ideas.
What do you value most by working with CapSource on an experiential learning program?
CapSource is not only a tremendous matchmaker, they dramatically speed up the process for the company and university to scope out a meaningful project. They also provide a technology platform that makes it easy to keep everyone informed throughout all phases of the project.