My teaching pedagogy
is based on several building blocks:
Use of learning groups: Students do a variety of course assignments
and projects as part of their learning groups. . A sample student comment:
"Gupta had us do three presentations/projects throughout the semester,
and I felt these were the most helpful to learning the concepts. Also
I liked how we did not have to pick our group, and we stayed in the
group for the entire semester."
b) Use of examples:
I illustrate the concepts with real-life examples, to help students
appreciate the versatility with which management concepts can be applied
and adapted to various situations. A sample student comment: "you
do a great job recapping each subject and trying to incorporate everyday
life examples into the demonstrations. I really enjoyed your class.
He really makes you think about the subject on a greater level. Thanks
so much for your help."
c) Use of videos:
I use the videos related to the cultural and business practices in different
regions of the world. A sample student comment: "I like the movies
that backed up the concepts learned in the given class period. The projects
also helped apply the concepts across the different chapters."
d) Use of case presentations:
I complement each major concept session with a case session, to help
students learn the application of the concepts in an integrative setting.
A sample student comment: "Presentations contributed to my learning
applied concepts learned in class."
e) Use of technology:
I create class participation forum in the discussion board, for disussing
topics of current interest . A sample student comment: "Awesome
powerpoints. Upbeat classroom environment. Obvious that he loves his
job. Extremely responsive to students, almost immediately replies to
emails and blackboard discussions."
f) Use of practicum projects:
Many students have limited or no experiential exposure to the strategy
and international concepts. A sample student comment: "He did a
good job creating projects that allowed us to apply what we have learned
in class. He also gave good examples using real life situations. The
movies and activities helped in understanding the concepts."
Use of games and stories: I use some games
for cross-cultural exposure and understanding of abstract strategic
concepts. A sample student comment: "I like the international flavor
of having an instructor from abroad teach. More fun games."
h) Use of additional resources:
I selectively use my own writings on certain concepts, as well as examples
of how the concepts should be applied as illustrated by other experts.
A sample student comment: "Gives tremendous amounts of additional
information to correlate with the textbooks (i.e. powerpoint slides
and other readings). Extremely diverse in many areas. We learned a lot
from his GLOBE studies. Always positive and smiling."
i) Use of outside class
meetings: I make myself available
to the students for discussions and meetings outside the class. A sample
student comment: "Dr. Gupta is very helpful in working with students
outside the classroom, and gives excellent feedback on assignments and
Celebrating the potential of students:
I strive to find opportunities to celebrate the talent and the potential
of students. For instance, I published an article on the Grand Rapids
Furniture Cluster co-authored with the policy class students, based
on the course projects conducted by them. A sample student comment:
"He is very well informed and a challenging professor which is
good and bad. Yes, he is hard and the class is difficult but it helps
contribute to my overall learning. Many students complained about the
excessive work but it was better than just 'flying by' in the class."