Made in France et ailleurs: “Challenge-Based Learning as a development tool for Diversity & Inclusion policies” with Vincent Merk


18 h 00 min - 19 h 30 min

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) has been a recurrent topic for years now in many organizations that want to create a more equal, open and safe work environment. We will argue in this webinar that one way to develop it in, for example, institutions of higher education is to implement Challenge-Based Learning (CBL). It is an innovative pedagogical approach based on the diversity of the group of students involved in solving a real-life challenge proposed by academia, the industry or other stakeholders. Using an interdisciplinary and creative approach, they gain a broad theoretical knowledge, but also develop both technical and professional skills. In this webinar I intend to demonstrate the convergence of D&I policies and CBL as a strong process and instrument to create more inclusion in an academic setting, for example in the International Classroom, within student teams, during a summer school or in an innovation space. There will be time for questions and to exchange experiences about integrated case-based learning at the end.

Vincent Merk was senior lecturer in intercultural management and professional skills trainer at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands for 38 years, before he retired in December last year. In addition, he works as an independent trainer and consultant in intercultural communication, management and professional mobility. He currently focuses on issues of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in education and business and the impact of Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) on integration and D&I policies in education in Europe and beyond.

He is a regular presenter in academic conferences in Europe and Asia, has attended many SIETAR France events and is a former board member and president of SIETAR Europa. He holds dual nationality French and Dutch.

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