By Javaiz Parappathodi, a PhD candidate in Operations and Data Analytics at ESSEC since 2019. Javaiz has recently joined Durham University, UK as a teaching fellow this September. His research interests are humanitarian logistics, modern slavery and ‘co-opetition’ between firms.
Javaiz taught Operations Management for ESSEC Global BBA students.
How was your experience? Did you enjoy it?
I absolutely loved the experience. Reaffirmed the feeling that, for a change, I picked the right career this time.
How did you prepare?
Preparation was the most difficult part in the whole process. I had all the freedom that I wanted in deciding the course content and direction, thanks to the confidence shown by ESSEC on my capabilities. So, I wanted to completely design the course from start to finish.
I started from the scratch. I prepared the content for each and every session by myself and thoroughly enjoyed the process as well. I also devised my own evaluation strategy (obviously within the guidelines established by the program). I learnt as much as the students at the end of the process.
Par Xavier Pavie, Directeur de l’iMagination Centre
La semaine de l’imagination a été créée il y a plus d’une dizaine d’années avec les objectifs principaux de développer la créativité, l’esprit visionnaire, la transdisciplinarité et la posture curieuse afin de favoriser l’innovation responsable. Depuis 2012 c’est près de 13 000 étudiants qui ont été formés à la méthode iMagination développée à l’ESSEC. Cette méthode se base sur la transdisciplinarité et vise à permettre plus de créativité, plus de collaboration, plus d’esprit critique également. L’iMagination Week repose sur 4 compétences essentielles : la créativité, la collaboration, la posture curieuse et la pensée critique. Dans ce billet, le Professeur Xavier Pavie partage sa vision de l’imagination comme compétence plus que jamais essentielle dans nos sociétés ou les apprentissages sont hyperspécialisés.
By Pauline Delécaut, librarian at the K-lab, Pedagolab administrator
In 2022-2023, the Pedagolab blog showed that it was in tune with the current issues by covering topics closely linked to the evolution of pedagogy at ESSEC and in higher education at large. This can be seen in the Top 3 most consulted articles published during the year. The addressed topics include diversity, equity and inclusion, with an interview with Maylis Balyan, sign language teacher at ESSEC. The inauguration of ESSEC’s new gymnasium, a year ahead of the Paris Olympics, provided an opportunity to promote sport and pedagogy in “Lessons learned from sports“, written by Professor Karoline Strauss. Finally, Estefania Santacreu-Vasut, Deputy Dean of Pedagogy, reported on the ChatGPT advent, which fueled a wider reflection on the place of AI in pedagogy, bringing together all ESSEC’s teaching communities.
By Huali WU, 5th year PhD student in Economics at ESSEC.
Huali taught for the first time the course Growth and Development in the ESSEC Grande Ecole Program.
How was your experience ? Did you enjoy it ?
I enjoy sharing important knowledge with the students.
What tools or teaching methods did you use? ( Kahoo, Beekast, cases, …)
I used a lecture-based teaching method. In this course, it is crucial to understand the definitions, to know what questions are being asked, and to master the relevant frameworks to answer the questions. Therefore, when I taught, I always discussed the definitions in detail, described the facts with data that raised questions, emphasized the questions that each model or each theory answered, and presented the theoretical frameworks. Moreover, I also introduced additional reading material to show how good researchers have criticized or extended the existing understanding.
By Estefania Santacreu Vasut, Associate Dean for Pedagogy, and the K-lab team.
Three years ago, online and hybrid teaching became the new norm in higher education, increasing the need for educators to manage their students’ attention. Active learning, group work and shorter sessions accelerated as ways to adapt pedagogy to the attention economy. While in person teaching has resumed, managing attention remains important.
Today, the advent of ChatGPT has showcased how beyond managing attention, AI pushes us to consider also how to nurture intention. To rethink pedagogy in times of AI, ESSEC Business School has adopted a collaborative approach, gathering the input of its teaching community, program directors, departments, the Metalab1, Chief Data Officer, the K-lab2 and its team of instructional designers and librarians.
In the week of April 17th-April 20th, ESSEC is celebrating the inauguration of its new Sports and Recreation center on the Cergy campus. On this momentous occasion, ESSEC Sports Chair professor Karoline Straussshares key lessons we can take from sport and apply to our professional and personal lives.
Sometimes you lose. What matters is how you bounce back. In the immediate aftermath of a loss, we can see top athletes and players at the best clubs in the world be genuinely upset. We would be, too. Years of preparation and complete dedication go into every sports performance. Part of the excitement of watching sports is in fact the raw emotion we see play out when fractions of a second or a single move make the difference between victory and defeat. Soon after, however, these sportswomen and -men seem to have put this loss behind them. While we may still be upset about our favourite team having lost the game, the players have moved on to thinking about the next game. Success in sport means not dwelling on your setbacks. Once you have analysed what went wrong, it is time to look forward.
Launched by Elisabeth Forget ESSEC group disability référent, the Handicap & Talents Certificate aims to train the ESSEC community to face the challenges raised by disability in the workplace and to strengthen their position as an inclusive manager, by following during a month a bilingual French-English program of 12 conferences 100% online.
Sponsored by Professor Junko Takagi, Director of the Leadership and Diversity Chair (author of the article Flip or Whiteboard: What’s your choice?) and Laurent Bibard, Professor of Philosophy and Management (author of two articles on Pedagolab), the Handicap & Talents certification program is structured around 4 themes: philosophy & diversity, legal framework, company disability employment policies & innovations and testimonials.
Since 2021, the certificate has been opened to students from CY Alliance schools, thanks a new partnership agreement.
Our experience on the way we enhanced students learning experience in times of crisis, using an Active Learning Approach.*
By Reza Kachouie, Director of Teaching and Lecture at Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, Deakin University, Melbourne.
The third pedagogical workshop co-organised by the ESSEC Dean for Pedagogy and the K-lab took place on November 23rd. During the workshop, Reza Kachouie dealt with active learning. Pr. Kachouie is ESSEC professor Ali Shamsollahi’s co-author. Around 30 persons attended the workshop (ESSEC permanent Faculty, lecturers, professors of management practice). This article sums up Pr. Kahouie’s research which was presented and discussed on November 23rd.