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Can We Deliver Michelin Starred University Experiences?
Dr John P. Wilson, teaches at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, and the Management School, University of Sheffield. He is co-author, with Colin Beard of the main text on experiential learning – Experiential Learning: A Practical Guide for Training, Coaching and Education, 4th edition. London: Kogan Page. He has written and edited ten books including compiling an encyclopaedia and continues to write academic and practitioner articles as well as having blogged for the CIPD. He recently set up a not-for-profit organisation and works best in team oriented environments.
The Covid pandemic has shone a sharp spotlight on the student university experience and exposed fault lines between face-to-face and online delivery resulting in an existential crisis for universities. Furthermore, it has challenged universities to clarify what they mean by student experience, which is often little more than a vague expression. International university rankings such as those provided by Quacquarelli Symonds QS, Times Higher Education THE, and Shanghai Ranking Consultancy do not really expose what is meant by student experience, so can we learn more from another industry – fine dining and the Michelin Star ratings for the highest dining experience? This session will explore possible directions for pedagogical approaches and the holistic university experience.