Workshop Agenda

Experiential Learning and the Assurance of Learning Challenge

January 22, 2019

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach
Draft Agenda*


8:30 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Introductions
9:10 – 9:30 Plan for the Day
  • History, definitions and conceptual framework for experiential learning in management education
9:30 – 11:00 Why assurance of learning? Why now?
  • Growth of experiential learning and the need for standards
  • LEPE’s role and the Assurance of Learning Subcommittee’s work to date
  • The standards and how they have evolved 
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:15 Panel discussion: Assurance of learning challenges and opportunities
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 Operationalizing the standards: Current status and future directions
  • LEPE survey 2018 findings: How do we say we are doing? How are we really doing?
  • Implementation examples, successes, and challenges
2:15 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:00 Hands-on activity in small groups
3:00 – 3:45 Discussion
  • Key insights from hands-on activity
3:45 – 4:00 Conclusion
  • One-minute essays

*schedule, agenda and speakers subject to change

Speakers and Panelists:

Dr. Michellana Y. Jester, Lecturer and Course Faculty Lead, MIT Sloan School of Management
Michellana has almost twenty years of management consulting, human resource and organizational development experience. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Michellana was a strategic management consultant responsible for assisting clients facing complex organizational and/or leadership challenges move to action. She demonstrated a talent for pursuing solutions that met the unique needs of an organization, working with private corporations, non-profit organizations, and public agency clients. As a consultant and during her time as the co-founder and managing partner of a leadership development firm, Michellana served as an executive coach for high potential leaders, assisted leaders transition out of and into new roles, and assisted core teams improve their effectiveness. For five years, Michellana led MIT Sloan’s Action Learning Program, growing their portfolio of experiential learning courses and serving a number of administrative and academic capacities including mentoring students and faculty, lab design and implementation, and developing experiential learning course tools and assessments.  In her current faculty role at MIT Sloan, Michellana draws from her private and non-profit sector experience to assist MBA and other graduate students link theoretical management concepts to real world business challenges. Michellana is responsible for leading the design and delivery of MIT Sloan’s largest project based course, as well as recruiting host company partnerships that align with the program’s goals and Sloan’s mission of developing principled innovative leaders. Michellana leads and supports the course’s cadre of faculty advisors and staff that work with the student teams, which includes onboarding, mentoring and coaching as well as design and developing tools, and evaluation surveys and rubrics. Michellana develops, supports, and assesses program learning objectives, as well as works to ensure the transfer of learning among multiple stakeholders including faculty, students, and host companies. Michellana holds a Doctorate degree from Columbia University and a Master’s degree from Harvard University.

Kerry Laufer, Director, OnSite Global Consulting, TuckGO, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth University
Kerry Laufer joined Dartmouth in 2008 and has been the Director of the OnSite Global Consulting course at the Tuck School of Business since 2013. She also serves as a faculty advisor to Tuck MBA consulting teams and has accompanied students on experiential learning projects in Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, South Africa, the UK, and Haiti.  She has visited and/or worked in more than 50 countries throughout her 20+ year career in education.  Her areas of expertise include experiential learning, higher education strategy, international educational development, and business development.  Prior to Dartmouth, Kerry served as Vice Dean for Institutional Development and Quality Control at Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (from 1999-2007). Projects she managed there included the design and launch of new undergraduate degree programs in Business Administration and Engineering.  Kerry is passionate about promoting deep cross-cultural engagement through education and business, and about the power of experiential learning. She also co-leads the Tuck corporate relations team, has served on Tuck’s curriculum design committee, and is a member of the Global Business School Network’s experiential learning advisory board. She holds an MA in Education from LaSalle University (1999) and an undergraduate degree in French from Swarthmore College (1994).

Shannon McKeen, Executive Director, National Consortium for Data Science
Shannon McKeen, Executive Director, National Consortium for Data Science, is responsible for developing relationships with universities, industry and government agencies for Data Science research and collaboration. He serves as a Faculty Advisor in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Experiential Learning program and in Dartmouth’s OnSite Global Consulting Program.  He is an Instructor in Kenan-Flagler’s online MBA program and in the Master of Business Analytics program at Wake Forest.  Shannon has 20 years of executive experience in sales, marketing and general management, with extensive expertise in growth strategies, new products and brand rejuvenation.  As an entrepreneur Shannon has worked with start-up companies and with new divisions of larger companies.  He serves on the Board of Trustees for Fryeburg Academy and the city of Winston-Salem Budget Advisory Council.  He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Marketing Executives Network Group, and the Inception Micro Angel Fund.

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