Join us in Ireland at Maynooth University for the 2018 MOBTS International conference. We are one of Europe’s oldest universities, having been established in 1795 and also one of its newest business schools, founded in 2007. We are a community of faculty that are committed to research-led teaching, at the heart of which is our team of management education researchers and teachers. We are passionate about pedagogical research and innovations, centered on improving the quality of the education journey of our students.
The core purpose of this conference is to bring together management educators from throughout Europe and North America, so that we can share our experience of best practices, learn from each other and build learning networks for today and into the future. As such this is a very broad theme, congruent with the vision of MOBTS.
We welcome interactive and experiential sessions that share insights into effective and ineffective teaching practices and the experience of life as an educator. We are as interested in what works as what does not work, as learning from failure in our view is part of the lived experience of the life long journey of an educator. We do not wish to be prescriptive in saying what you should submit to the conference. You are the community of active management educators: from you will emerge best practice and themes.
We very much welcome a blend of proposals including:
- Interactive exercises or cases on a particular topic;
- Round table discussions that encourage dialogue around a topic, or offer the community the opportunity to develop a particular skill;
- Presentations of best practices in management education.
Emerging Themes, Add to the Conversation
Below are some themes that have emerged from our experience of management education and about which we are keen to gain insights into best practice. As a community you will have additional insights, so consider the below initial thoughts. We welcome proposals both within and outside the below themes.
Large Group teaching. There is a tension between our desire to teach in small groups, to facilitate exchange of ideas and the challenge that small group teaching may, by virtue of financial cost, exclude students whom cannot afford high fees. How do we as educators manage the challenge of large group teaching? Issues may include, but are not limited to:
- Managing experiential learning in large groups
- Designing effective and engaging assessments
- Providing meaningful and developmental feedback to students
- Managing behaviour in large groups compared to small
- Identifying, integrating, or abandoning, technological supports to aid large group teaching
- Creating meaningful industry and research engaged teaching in large groups
Learning strategies, environments and innovations. How do we as educators develop an effective and engaging learning environment, select and implement a learning approach to fit the learning objectives of our programs and needs of our students?
- Artificial intelligence can support learning, but can also be used as a replacement for the educator and the educated student. How are you as educators harnessing the benefits of Artificial intelligence and preparing your students for a world where they work with and compete against machine learning?
- How do we choose between styles of learning, how do we implement these effectively, and what is impact of these on different types of teacher and learner:
- problem based learning
- evidence based learning
- action learning
- service learning
- work placements
Assessment of learning outcomes. A major task for all educators is designing effective and meaningful assessments of learning outcomes. The impact of assessment upon and response by students is not always positive. How do we manage the challenges of assessment?
- Examples of effective and failed innovations in assessment
- Assessment strategies for small, medium and large size classes
- Assessment in diverse learning environments
- Peer assessments
- Assessing visiting and international students
- Setting expectations and managing student disappointments
From individual educator to school/university programs. How do we manage the process of designing and delivering effective modules in the wider context of a suite of modules (be that a degree, certificate, amongst others), quality assurance by universities, accreditation requirements, and balancing the competing needs of teaching and service.
- Designing and implementing effective curriculum change
- Integrating our teaching into accreditation processes
Research Led teaching and turning teaching into scholarship.
- At a practical level how do we convert our research into meaningful teaching experiences for our undergraduate, postgraduate and executive learners?
- What is best practice and effective experience of converting our teaching practices into research
Leading whilst teaching (or not): What are the challenges and strategies to manage life as both a teacher and a leader within your institution? As our careers develop we often move from teaching and research into managing programs and institutions. What experience and best practice can we share of:
- Benefits and challenges of teaching whilst leading as a program director, departmental or school head, university administrator
- As educators do we want, and what are the implications of having leaders whom do or do not teach? What is the practical impact on ourselves and our students?
- How do we manage the ethical and practical challenges of being both an educator on a program and a leader resourcing and managing it?
Roundtables. Whilst we welcome roundtables in any topic, be it from above, or another topic, we are especially interested in roundtables that offer insights into:
- Converting teaching into publications. Can editors, reviewers and authors provide best practice insights to those of us who wish to share our teaching experience with the research community?
- Career management. How do we manage our career as an educator such that we continue to be enthusiastic and effective educators throughout our career? How do we manage personal challenges whilst continuing to be effective educators?
- International networking. How can we create international experiences and networks for our students and educators that help us to develop new skills and networks for the modern business world?
About the Maynooth University School of Business community of Management Education Teachers and Researchers
We would love to welcome you to our academic home in Maynooth and learn from you about your experiences of teaching, insights into what works and what does not, and how you manage the challenges faced by modern university teachers and students. We are proud of our association with both MOBTS and the AOM. These communities have played an important role in the development of our School of Business, giving us insights into best teaching practices and developing our capabilities as scholars of teaching and learning.
In the last four years we have hosted an annual workshop on converting teaching into publications, in association with the editors of MOBTS journals, Journal of Management Education and Management Teaching Review, as well as actively participating in the development of the MED division of AOM. Our faculty are associate editors of JME, MTR, and have leadership roles at Management Education and Development division of the Academy of Management (past-chairperson, secretary amongst other roles). We are honoured to host the IMOBTS conference, which for us represents a high point in the life of our school: the opportunity to host management educators from around the world, learn from your experiences, and provide a venue in which free exchange of ideas and the development of networks can occur.
Maynooth lies on the edge of Dublin, a short bus journey from Dublin airport, which is one of the most connected airports in Europe. It has a dense network of low cost flights throughout Europe and connecting flights to the USA and Asia. We are a lively town, located on the edge of Dublin, easily accessible by public transport (train, bus) and by car. We are steeped Irish in history, packed with good restaurants, an excellent blend of city life and country pursuits such as golf, horse riding, archeologically visits (Newgrange, close to us is older than the pyramids of Egypt) and much more.
Do join us in Maynooth University, Ireland. We would love to learn from you!