August 26, 2014

Case Study Method

As I'm 2/3 done with my MBA from IE Business School (yey!), I thought it would be a good time to share some thoughts on the experience so far. I'd like to focus on the main method of teaching that the MBA course used: the case study method.

So far, I've really enjoyed the case study method of teaching. I'm not sure whether Philippine universities today use more of this method, but I don't recall having too many case studies when I was enrolled as an undergrad in Ateneo. If that's still the case, I hope that it changes in the near future.

Link to the IE Business School website here for more information

I thought using case studies brought the lessons to life and made learning easier. It made the lessons more practical and we were learning by understanding the lessons and practicing its "real world" application instead of learning by just memorizing information and formulas and then repeating it back to the professor.

The case study method also stimulated learning from peers as we all had something different to offer and often built on each others thoughts to arrive at a much richer and well-rounded solution than if we had just worked alone with the professor. Learning was facilitated by the professor instead of it being dictated.

I've learned so much from the MBA and I'm thankful that I am lucky enough to be able to study at an international institution like IE. I look forward to the upcoming Global Immersion Week we will have in Shanghai and to the remaining classes and courses during the home stretch prior to graduation.


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