“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”

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IBS international teaching day

Believe it or not, the common denominator of  the lectures presented at International teaching day on April 2, 2019, was how to make students happy while learning. How to help them to enjoy developing their knowledge, their skills, how to know themselves better, to find their own way in the job market, eventually to find happiness. Teachers offered different ways to reach this goal and shared their methods on how to provide students with an appropriate intellectual, learning environment.

Edzo Jansen (Saxion University, NL) argues that “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” He explained what students need in order to find the most suitable and best-fit internships and how to conduct and do a great job interview. "Business as usual" is a dead end, as he put it. (See his great and funny example.)

The workshop had its funny moments when teachers and staff had to learn how to handle and interpret opinions that are said over their head.

Jasmina Sazdovska (IBS) introduced what she has been applying for some time now, a method of teaching which is called the flipped classroom approach, reversing the traditional notions of homework and in-class activity. Mikko Siitonen (Turku AMK, Finland) explored an absolutely current and burning issue, how to set up a study programme for highly educated immigrants at a business academy. He introduced a model that could be followed by many other institutions all over the world. As he argues, “It helps Finnish students and student with a foreign background to work together, which will improve the ability of both parties to work in a multicultural environment.” 

Vijay Ramachandran (Birmingham City University, UK) in his presentation, Using a Practice Based Approach in Teaching Investment Decision Making Projects, described how to connect theory and practice in the classroom. Students should be up-to-day each and every class, they should be able, sometimes with the help of their cell phones in class, to establish and discuss a recent financial event which was prominently discussed by the financial commentators.

In his presentation, Peter Marcin (Comenius University, Bratislava) introduced his own Lego Innovation Exercise Methodology both to IBS students and teachers. This class was developed and has been practiced and tested by Peter in several countries in the world, including Cyprus and Mexico. It is a fun way of developing several student skills with the help of real Lego bricks, in this case, the main objective was to improve the innovative thinking of the participants. László Láng jr. (IBS) presented the research of a new approach to employability skills development about how to help our students understand and reach the most in-demand skills, based on research he participated in. See more about this topic on our blog.

Charlotte Mikolajczak (EPHEC, Brussels) described the advantages of ODOO in her presentation, Teaching Scenario Planning Using a Corporate ERP system. Her presentation connected really well to that of László Láng as ODOO helps not only in studying accounting or practical training, but also to develop skills that the labour market requires.

The international teaching week was organized by Etelka Dombora, IBS Erasmus coordinator.

Etelka Dombora

  • Senior Partner, Erasmus Co-ordinator
  • Centre for Student Services