You probably encourage your executive education professors to watch others teach… this is a good thing. Observing successful professors can help them build design and delivery skills and to hone their technique .
However, your professors may not be learning as much as they could. Research suggests that learning is maximized when observers know what to watch for, reflect on what they see, and make plans to use what they learn.
Here are a few pointers to help your professors get the most from observing others:
1. Encourage them to focus on the key elements of a successful session. For example, ask them to pay special attention to the opening and the closing of the session and to notice times when participants seemed to be engaged and when they were not.
2. Ask them to evaluate the number of different activities used and how time was allocated to these different activities.
3. Ask them to reflect on what they learned and to make plans to use it when they design and deliver their own sessions.
I’ve developed an observation guide that your professors can use to learn more from observing others. If you’d like to have a copy, click on the button below.
 I interviewed eleven highly successful executive education professors to find out how they built their own executive education skills. All said that they learned from watching others and then encouraged other professors to do the same. For a complete copy of this research, go to www.uniconexed.org and click on research.
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