Peer Learning in Executive Education
INSEAD works hard to maintain their reputation as “The Business School for the World”. They educate participants across campuses in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with a world-renowned faculty from over 40 countries. They have been educating business professionals since 1957 and their dedicated focus to graduate level and executive education has earned them the title as one of the world’s best business schools time and time again.
Among INSEAD’s educational programs are the internationally recognized Executive Education programs for business executives and managers. INSEAD has continued to innovate for the times and started introducing online Executive Education programs in 2014, recognizing the fact that technology now disrupts every industry, including executive education. More than 25,000 executives have welcomed INSEAD’s addition of online executive programs as it allows them to continue their development alongside work and offers new and exciting possibilities for both the educators and participants.
The online programs from INSEAD combine the traditional methodology that has made INSEAD a top business school with innovative online learning tools such as high impact videos, personalized learning, and peer learning.
The Importance of Peer Learning in Online Programs
Peer learning has always been a part of INSEAD’s teaching methodology for their in-person programs through the use of study groups, enabling participants to discuss and learn from one another. When INSEAD started introducing more online programs it became apparent that they would have to find another way for learners to engage with one another. Peer assessment and peer review are often included in online programs to help large online programs scale participant engagement and to also scale grading and evaluations. INSEAD saw beyond just the convenience of using peer review and acknowledged the real learning opportunities in peer learning across industries.
Peergrade and INSEAD
In 2017, INSEAD started incorporating Peergrade into their online Executive Education programs. Swapnil Chugh, Director of Open Online Programs, explains what led INSEAD to Peergrade:
“The online learning experience at INSEAD is rooted in providing a greater user experience and simplistic design. At the same time, the simplistic design should be able to cater to complex problems. This becomes even more important when it comes to peer learning and review as participants are concerned about confidentiality and hence want to make sure their submissions are reviewed by non-competing peers. Our endeavor to look for a tool that allowed us to build in complex constraints while keeping the user experience simple led us to Peergrade.”
In Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption and Innovation in the Age of Disruption, two of the programs to incorporate Peergrade, business executives work on finding opportunities for growth and innovation amidst disruptions in their specific industry. The courses aim to have participants examine their own professional challenges, analyze their industry and their own organization.
INSEAD focuses heavily on making the materials and concepts taught in both courses applicable to the real world. This is achieved through Action Learning Projects where participants focus on increasing business impact and innovation in their organizations by trying to solve real-life professional challenges. Throughout the 5 week course, participants submit their Action Learning Projects each week to Peergrade. These weekly projects are then reviewed by a Learning Coach in Peergrade who provide the first round of feedback. At the end of the course, a final Action Learning Project, a culmination of their work for the past 5 weeks, is submitted for peer review.
Participants use a feedback rubric created by the instructors to analyze and reflect on their peers’ presentation and offer feedback. Using the feedback rubric can help scaffold the feedback process for those that are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with giving feedback. It also helps to focus feedback on the appropriate assessment criteria.
With a globally renowned school like INSEAD, participants in both courses receive feedback from other experienced business executives from around the world. It creates a truly unique opportunity to collaborate and learn from others across the globe.
Our participants are business executives in top companies across the world and one of the reasons they come to our programmes is to learn from others and hear unique perspectives. Peer learning and review in our programmes do exactly that as participants work on real-life problems related to their organization and industry.”
-Swapnil Chugh, Director Open Online Programs