Track chair: Melodena Balakrishnan, University of Wollongong in Dubai

Deadline: January 15, 2013

Most of us spend a great deal of time and energy on teaching! In recognition of this, the "Teaching IB" track was introduced at the 2008 AIB conference in Milan. During the ensuing years, it has become institutionalized as an important and popular part of the AIB program. The goal of the track is to provide AIB members the opportunity to share innovative approaches to making the process of teaching IB more effective and enjoyable for all involved – both students and lecturers. Submissions to this track are invited in the following broad areas:

1. Developing an IB Curriculum: What Do Students Need to Know?
Given its boundary-spanning nature, IB does not have a universally agreed-upon set of core principles. It is not surprising, then, that there seems to be considerable variation with respect to what content is included in IB courses at any given level. Is there a core set of concepts with which IB students at various levels (undergraduate, masters, executive, PhD) should be familiar?

2. Case Teaching in IB
Effective case teaching offers students the opportunity to grapple with the complex nature of decision-making in an international environment. Submissions to this stream may include IB-related case materials, suggestions for improving the case teaching experience for students and lecturers, and anything pertaining to the use of case studies in the IB classroom.

3. Experiential Learning in the IB Classroom: Simulations and Role-playing
Learning by doing can go a long way toward making abstract concepts accessible to students, especially those without much real-world experience. This stream focuses on experiential learning in IB teaching, including both role-playing (e.g., exercises aimed at developing students’ capabilities for working in cross-cultural teams) and simulations.

4. Using Multimedia in IB Teaching: Video, Internet, etc.
Many AIB members are making very creative use of multimedia in their teaching, effectively bringing the world into the classroom. Submissions to this stream may include examples of multimedia use, sources of useful material, and challenges and benefits of multimedia with respect to enhancing teaching in IB.

5. International Study Tours as Part of the IB Experience
International study tours offer students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a foreign environment. These may be specifically aimed at IB students, or they may involve the chance to introduce non-IB students to the field. Submissions to this stream may include success stories and pitfalls, and opportunities and advice pertaining to organizing and guiding international trips for students.

6. Internationalizing the Business School Curriculum: How IB Can Lead the Way
In light of the increased importance of doing business across borders, universities around the world are aiming to internationalize their curricula. While these initiatives have had varying degrees of success, this seems like an area in which AIB members have considerable (and often untapped) expertise! The focus of this stream is on how IB academics can contribute to developing a truly international focus to the broader business curriculum.

7. Other Topics
This is clearly not an exhaustive list! Submissions for presentations or panel sessions that relate to other topics pertaining to the teaching of IB are warmly welcomed.


All submissions to the Teaching IB track should be made through the AIB 2013 Online Submission System. Please select "Competitive Paper" as the submission type for individual presentations and "Panel" for proposed complete sessions. Submissions to this track will go through a peer-review process, which will focus on relevance, quality, and impact. Submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words and include the following information:

a) Cover page with a title and contact information for the presenter(s);
b) Specific pedagogical topic to be addressed;
c) Statement of impact and benefits for instructors and students;
d) Brief outline of topics to be covered in the presentation;
e) Directions on how session participants can access and use any tools or materials to be discussed, including URLs for any website materials;
f) List of equipment needed to deliver the presentation.


Please plan on sharing your pedagogical experiences and innovations, so that we can all benefit from the shared experience of the many excellent educators in AIB!

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Melodena Balakrishnan
University of Wollongong in Dubai
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