Action-Learning Projects Review
Barry University Graduate Students present their projects for review to a special panel of training experts
Join us on March 1st for multiple presentations from graduate students of Barry University. The meeting format provides an opportunity for students to gain insights and feedback from experienced practitioners. As professionals, we have the opportunity to learn from the students and appreciate what fresh eyes and different perspectives brings to solving OD and HR challenges.
The graduate students are from the Master of Science in Organizational Learning and Leadership program at Barry University; a program that teaches student to draw from work/life experiences to analyze organizational communication, apply systems thinking and plan strategic team based learning interventions. Using a “performance through learning” approach, this degree develops students’ ability to think analytically and to lead change in increasingly global and complex environments. In the past, graduates of this program have moved onto learning roles at numerous organizations, including AT&T, General Motors Corporation, Bank of America, education and non-profits.
The purpose of the project was to hone students’ skills by
- Engaging with a local organization
- Assessing and analyzing its training needs
- Creating a training proposal for that organization that adheres to the ADDIE model of instructional design
The students were challenged to think through the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a training program based on the detailed assessment and analysis of an organization’s training needs.
Each student will present their action-learning projects in the Human Resource Development Theory and Practice course to the panel of seasoned Training and Development and Organization Development consultants at our March meeting. The panel will give feedback and commentary. The audience will also be invited to pass comment and suggestion.
The panel is a unique opportunity for the students to obtain valuable feedback, reflection, and insights from seasoned professionals as well as to celebrate collaboration and success. The student/consultant exchange enhances the quality of service learning and illuminates the meaningful work of Human Resource Development and Organization Development professionals.
Note that this is not a competition, but an opportunity for students to get tangible feedback from experts who have been either designing, creating, delivering, or leveraging industry-specific training for many years.
About Your Host
The host for the evening is Professor Katya Matusevich, PhD. Ms Matusevich holds a doctorate from Barry in Leadership and Education, with a specialization in Human Resource Development. She is a human/organization development scholar-practitioner and consultant, passionate about promoting improvement and growth in organizational contexts. In her role as an organizational practitioner, she focuses on people's ability to communicate effectively in a variety of settings. In her role as a researcher, she works on understanding the association between organizational contexts and employee well-being and between employee well-being and both individual and organizational performance.
Her most recent focus has been on social-cognitive and affective neuroscience and its relation to and application in the domains of organizational leadership and human resource development. She is a certified coach of the NeuroLeadership Institute and is bilingual in Russian and English: a skill she used while volunteering with English speaking charities that assisted orphanages in Belarus.
Keiser University auditorium