Learning Teams at the Darden Business School

8 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2009 Last revised: 9 Feb 2018

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Lynn Isabella

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Joseph W. Harder

Darden School of Business of Business Administration; Spirit of the New Workplace, LLC

Abstract

In this note, expectations and practices of learning teams at the Darden Business School are detailed, as well as some basic frameworks that will help learning teams to meet with continued success.

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UVA-OB-0745

Rev. Feb. 1, 2018

Learning Teams at the Darden Business School

Historically, a key component of MBA and executive programs at the Darden School of Business has been students working together in groups. These teams range from informal to formal, academic to social, small to large. Despite these differences, all teams share a common intent: to accomplish more than individuals acting alone could. This is true whether we are talking about clubs and organizations, first-year sections, informal study groups, or assigned learning teams (LTs). This document highlights some of the key considerations regarding Darden's first-year LTs, including their formation, program expectations, and sources of support.

Purpose of LTs in the First Year

LTs are central to the first-year experience at Darden. The reasons are anchored in several core beliefs about how learning can be enhanced. Our first belief is that learning is enhanced when students follow a four-point learning cycle: individual preparation, small group discussion, classroom interaction, and individual/small group reflection. This cycle is continuous and repetitive as students achieve greater and greater depths of understanding.

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Keywords: group behavior, leadership, pedagogy

Suggested Citation

Isabella, Lynn and Harder, Joseph W., Learning Teams at the Darden Business School. Darden Case No. UVA-OB-0745. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1421106

Lynn Isabella (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
434-924-4818 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/isabella.htm

Joseph W. Harder

Darden School of Business of Business Administration ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
434.974-1940 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/html/direc_detail.aspx?styleid=2&id=4371

Spirit of the New Workplace, LLC ( email )

445 Mallard Lake Drive
Earlysville, VA 22936
United States
434-249-4939 (Phone)

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