Blended Learning Experience

What can you expect when you’re attending an Executive Education program at ESI Institute of Management? During the day, you’ll take part in dynamic lectures, discussions, and exercises led by our distinguished faculty, and in the evening, you’ll continue the conversation with your fellow participants in our unique on-campus living groups, over meals, and in other social settings.

Best Practices of Teaching and Learning

Distinctive Approaches

Offering an unprecedented look inside many of the world’s top companies, global case studies are integral to understanding multifaceted issues and applying those lessons to your own business. To further enrich the educational experience, the program curricula also include simulations, negotiations, interactive lectures, coaching, and a blended learning format that combines both in-person and virtual learning.

The key to being an active listener and participant in case discussions—and to getting the most out of the learning experience—is thorough individual preparation.

We’ve set aside formal time for you to discuss the case with your group. These sessions will help you to become more confident about sharing your views in the classroom discussion.

Actively express your views and challenge others. Don’t be afraid to share related “war stories” that will heighten the relevance and enrich the discussion.

If the content doesn’t seem to relate to your business, don’t tune out. You can learn a lot about marketing insurance from a case on marketing razor blades.

Actively apply what you’re learning to your own specific management situations, both past and future. This will magnify the relevance to your business.

People with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills, and styles will take away different things. Be sure to note what resonates with you, not your peers.

Being exposed to so many different approaches to a given situation will put you in a better position to enhance your management style.

Discussion Groups

To enhance your learning, you will be part of a small peer discussion group, which enables you to gain a better understanding of the case materials, test new ideas before class, and broaden your perspectives. It’s the perfect opportunity for both teaching and learning.

Gain a better understanding of the case materials
Being challenged by peers with different experiences and viewpoints will broaden your perspective and deepen your confidence.

Practice teaching and learning from others
Actively listening, questioning, and contributing will improve your effectiveness and the discussion group’s productivity.

“Test-market” ideas and opinions before class
Exploring the case with your discussion group beforehand will increase your comfort level when sharing in the classroom.

Get to know a handful of people more deeply
Bonding with the members of your discussion group can lead to personal and professional relationships that last a lifetime.

Discussion Leaders

Once the program begins, you may be assigned to be the leader of your discussion group. In this role, you will facilitate the discussion, help the group remain focused on the questions at hand, and ensure every member shares their unique viewpoints.

What can I expect on the first day?
Most programs begin with registration, followed by an opening session and a dinner. If your travel plans necessitate late arrival, please be sure to notify us so that alternate registration arrangements can be made for you.

What happens in class if nobody talks?
Instructors are here to push everyone to learn, but not to embarrass anyone. If the class is quiet, they’ll often ask a participant with experience in the industry in which the case is set to speak first. This is done well in advance so that person can come to class prepared to share. Trust the process. The more open you are, the more willing you’ll be to engage, and the more alive the classroom will become.

Does everyone take part in “role-playing”?
Instructors often encourage participants to take opposing sides and then debate the issues, often taking the perspective of the case protagonists or key decision-makers in the case.