The Aqueduct Challenge

Written on February 1, 2012 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General, New Experiences

IMBA students learn from the Roman era on challenging assumptions and developing lateral thinking skills.

Rolf Strom-Olsen, IE Professor of Arts and Humanities, teaches a core humanities class in the International MBA program called Creative Management Thinking.
A principal challenge he faced in teaching the class was:
How can a humanities course be designed that is both comprehensible to professional degree-seekers and also integrated into the fundamental pedagogical aims of the broader programme?

So he came up with some new approaches: Adopting the analytical tools that he learned and use as a historian – how to assess evidence, how to construct arguments, how to read events and interpret phenomena – to inflect differently the way in which MBA students speak about management, the economy and society.

For one of his lectures, a simple tool helped him to achieve this goal: the IE Aqueduct Challenge which he authored and developed together with the Multimedia development team. This simple technical tool helps him to present material, debrief the class and create a dynamic atmosphere in an easy and fun way.

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