Teaching at IE
IE University is a place for forward-thinking visionaries to learn in a transformative environment. Immerse yourself in a supportive community of students and faculty who interact together with new ideas and approaches to fuel the innovative learning process.
This diverse, dynamic hub consists of an average of 130 different countries represented on campus each year, with over 75% of its students coming from outside Spain.
We pride ourselves on our innovative vision and entrepreneurial spirit, fueled by academic rigor and a strong focus on the humanities. Our practice-based approach goes beyond the classroom walls, taking our students to the frontlines of their respective fields.
IE University is more than just an education. It’s a complete academic and professional experience that broadens horizons, connects the world and provides students with a personalized career path to help them achieve their goals.
IE does have a broad degree program portfolio accross the 5 IE schools, both at undergraduate and master level, which at times may be confusing. However, looking at the activities from a macro-perspective, there are two important characteristics:
All IE degree programs somehow fit into this typology.
Language around the different types of classes at times may be confusing, and the COVID-19 pandemci has certinaly contributed to create more complexity around this. Trying to keep is simple, there are really two types of classes:
Be intentional about classroom climate
In addition to being reflective about the events that take place in your class on a regular basis, below some ideas on how to manage classroom climate:
Establish rules of engagement
At the beginning of your course, agree with your stundents on the rules of engagment for your course. This will help to create a safe learning environment, where students understand the expectations of the instructor and their fellow class mates. It will also increase student accountability for their own behavior.
Throughout the term, refer to the established rules of engagement as appropriate, for example before discussing a topic that may be heated or when addressing any incivility. If your course includes extensive group work, consider having small groups come up with their own set of expectations at the onset.
Connect with students and get to know them
Connecting with your students will build rapport in the classroom, a basic ingredient to make students feel comfortable to express their thoughts and ideas and be intelectually challenged by the professor or fellow classmates.
On the first day of class, maybe share some information about yourself including your background, research interests and why you enjoy teaching this course. Simple actions such as learning students’ names and asking students about their background or experiences signal that you are interested in getting to know them.
Arrive to class with time - students greatly appreciate professors who are available before or after class to answer any questions they may have or just for a simple chat.
Create a sense of belonging
Simple actions such as learning students’ names, sharing information about yourself, and asking students about their background or experiences can foster a positive classroom climate.