About this blog and his author

Hi,

Welcome to that new EducPros blog!!! I hope that you’ll find the content interesting and will engage in great conversations anytime you’ll read a new post here 🙂

First, please let me introduce myself. I’m LoĂŻc PlĂ©, and I work at IESEG School of Management. I’m an associate professor in Management and Strategy there, but also founder and Head of the CETI – Center for Educational and Technological Innovation. The aim of the CETI is to promote the development of new pedagogical tools, methods, principles, etc. and / or a renewed use of old tools, methods, principles. To do so, we help professors in the school implement online modules, use video, create new courses’ designs, new ways to interact with students in class, favor the development of experience sharing with one another, etc…. We also develop research about this, to evaluate the impact of these evolutions on teaching and learning.

Now, what will you find on this blog called “Alternative Perspectives for Higher Education”? I intend to publish there two different categories of notes, that may be interrelated.

  1. I will tackle the use of videos for teaching- but not just any other YouTube video. Research has long showed that movies could be used effectively in class (e.g. Berk, 2009; Rosser, 2007; Smith, 2009). There’s also this wonderful http://www.teachwithmovies.org/ website that lists many movies and cartoons that can be used for teaching in several areas (history, business, chemistry, astronomy, etc.). I do share these points, as I consider that if we want to pass a message on our students, it is often preferable to make sure that this message is, one way or another, anchored in their own world. To that extent, relying on series that students watch (and which I, I confess, watch too to a certain extent :-)) can be useful to make them understand what they are taught. Indeed, when looked with another pair of glasses (conceptual ones), many of these series can illustrate concepts, theories, tools, etc. that we strive to teach. Episodes from such shows as “How I met your mother”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “The Simpsons”, “House of cards” and so many others are very rich and can be used to make students understand how to decipher their environment – their world. Those posts would be categorized as VIDEO. I hope that they can help reader think differently about what supports they can used in class, about how they can use them, and this can also come as a “how-to” for using specific episodes in class.
  2.  I will also rely on my own experiences in class, relationships with companies, exchanges with colleagues from my own and other institutions, as well as on my own readings on the sector to provide a critical or less common perspective on the evolution of the Higher Education sector. This will concern fields that I’m used working on, such as pedagogical, technological, strategic or organizational topics. That would come under the COMMENTS AND ANALYSIS category. Of course, anything published on that blog is only my opinion and not the one of my employer.

Finally, why an English blog on a French platform, by a French professor who works in a business school located in France? That’s a rather good example of a first “Alternative perspective”, isn’t it? In fact, even if I’m French in a French management school, I essentially work in English since more than 80% of my academic colleagues are not French! Also, I’ve been teaching in English for more than 10 years now, thus I’m quite used to it. Finally, an increasing number of the students I interact with are not French, and English naturally represents a common language.

So, from now on, on weekly or every two weeks basis, I’ll have the pleasure to post my blog notes here! I hope that you’ll find them interesting, and I really hope to engage in interesting conversations with you!

The first post will come in a few days, and will be about a Simpsons episodes that I have used to illustrate intercultural differences 🙂

Meet you soon there!

Refs

  • Berk, R. A. (2009). Multimedia teaching with video clips: TV, movies, YouTube, and mtvU in the college classroom. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 5(1), 1–21.
  • Rosser, M.H (2007). The Magic of Leadership: An Exploration of Harr y Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Advances in in Developing Human Resources, 9 (2), 236250
  • Smith G.W. (2009), Using Feature Films as the Primary Instructional Medium to Teach Organizational Behavior. Journal of Management Education, 33 (4), 462489.
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