REDC Introduces Innovative Models of Teaching and Learning
The pandemic has made way for the evolution of global executive learning with new, innovative and safe learning models that not only push the traditional boundaries but also keep health and safety concerns at their core. New models of teaching and learning - ranging from live online, asynchronous, outdoors, and hybrid - have been adapted to the Rausing Executive Development Centre’s (REDC) forte of interactive learning.
A successful concept-run of Outdoor REDC was carried out in December 2020, which consisted of four consecutive programmes; Enhancing Board Effectiveness - Directors Trainings programme, Building High Performance Teams, Finance for Non-Financial Managers and Marketing Strategy. These programmes were led by programme directors Khalid Mirza, Arif Nazir Butt, Syed Mubashir Ali and Adnan Zahid.
The new model, along with being COVID-19 appropriate, proved to enhance the programme experience by benefitting from the serene and beautiful LUMS campus grounds, and relaxed natural environment. The new format was well received by the executives. “It was a wonderful experience to attend the programme at LUMS. Especially during COVID-19, the arrangements, facilitators, instructors and content were excellent,” shares Muhammad Fazil, FFC, a participant of the Building High Performance Teams programme.
One major advantage of this initiative is that it will extend beyond the pandemic and create interest for executives from outside Lahore, and provide them with an all-encompassing campus experience. Saira Najeeb Ahmad, an executive at the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, who attended the Enhancing Board Effectiveness programme, states, “It provided an excellent environment for learning. Reading materials, especially the case studies were high-value, and objectives of learning were communicated in a clear manner. The faculty transferred knowledge.”
Dr. Saqib Saeed Khan, a member of Adam Jee Life Insurance Company, participated in the Finance for Non-Financial Managers programme, and also expressed his appreciation. He said, “Beautifully designed, eloquently presented, nicely summarised and linked. Real value for your investment. A must-have for all managers of all firms.”
The initiative followed through on the COVID-19 protocols recommended by the LUMS Health and Safety Committee, and consisted of outdoor spaces for networking, interactive learning and refreshment breaks in beautiful gazebos, adorned with comfortable outdoor furniture. “Interactive, carefully designed and a wonderful experience to attend the training programme at LUMS especially during COVID. The arrangements, facilitators, instructors and content, all was excellent,” says Muhammad Fazil, Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited, a participant of the Building High Performance Teams programme.
With the dynamic need to innovate its learning experience and stay current to varying requirements of the market, REDC continues to extend its learning environment beyond traditional classrooms. Now with an extended portfolio of live, in-person, hybrid and soon to be launched asynchronous courses, the Centre aims to provide its clientele with a variety of innovative options.