What would you think if you saw a group of people standing on the roof of a 3-storey building and throwing down eggs? Those might be kids who just invented a funny game, you might think… Well, you’ll be wrong, as those guys are actually grown-ups. Angry French farmers protesting against cutting down of subsidies? Wrong, as they actually have fun and even put the eggs in nice hand-made paper cars. Patients of a local psychiatric clinic on a walk? Not quite true again! This is a group of INSEAD students at one of the Organizational Behaviour classes trying to evaluate their goal-setting skills.
Of course, not every session is like this. But if I were to choose one adjective which characterizes our classes, it would be “interactive”. The level of material taught in class is not too complicated, since it has to account for different backgrounds of students, but what really differentiates our classes is their practical focus. Every formula and every concept you learn is 100% applicable in practice and you know how to do it.
So, to make our learning process more visual, we participate in all sorts of weird in-class experiments. Want to know whether the Central Limit theorem actually works? Let the whole section calculate a number of brown candies in “Smarties” boxes. Curious to check the variability in the production process? Let’s use catapults to imitate the conveyor belt! Wonder how the pricing is made on the oligopolistic markets? Check it out yourself in a simulation online game with other students.
I’m not sure whether all those mind-stretching experiments have an impact on the quality of our learning, but they definitely increase my willingness to wake up and come to class every day