A Virtual Learning Environment for the Graduate Management Education Community

The Rady School at UC San Diego has been working to determine how a virtual environment might enhance the educational opportunities for business students worldwide. With a grant from the GMAC MET Fund, the school’s Center for Executive Development, along with Rembisz & Associates, an international consulting firm of organizational psychologists and management consultants, is working to create this virtual world.

The objective of the project is three-fold:
1. To improve collaboration across graduate management institutions globally, in an effort to foster innovation;
2. To provide graduate management students with time and cost efficient experiential learning opportunities that aid in the development of global leadership and business competencies; and
3. To create a sustainable user-friendly global learning environment.

Currently, the platform is being developed and with the help of the graphics arts department within UCSD, the first learning environment is taking shape. We are thrilled that the graduate student who was part of the team proposing the idea, A Whole New World of Opportunity: Collaboration in the Virtual World, in phase 1 of the i2i Challenge, Alex Howland, has agreed to stay on as the project manager to see his idea come to life. Another winning idea that is being implemented by this project is Alternate Reality Training for Management Education: A Third Way to Teach Management.

If your institution is interested in taking part of this innovative opportunity, contact Clark Jordan at ccjordan@ucsd.edu.

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