Unique chance to take part in learning methods research


Are virtual learning programs as effective as face-to-face classroom style delivery? How do experiential learning approaches compare with blended learning in terms of learning transfer?

Added on 15 July 2016 by Lee Waller

Learning methods research

These are some of the questions Hult researchers are exploring as part of a study into how different learning approaches impact behavior change and participant’s ability to develop new competences. 

First line and middle managers are now being invited to take part in the research project – in return for the opportunity to take part in a two-day program based on Ashridge’s innovative The Leadership Experience: Leading on the Edgeprogram at a greatly reduced fee.

The research study will take the form of four experimental programs, each using a different methodology to deliver the same content. Between now and September, there will be:

  • A two-day fully experiential program
  • A two-day fully virtual program
  • A two-day blended learning program
  • A two-day interactive classroom style program

Participants will be randomly assigned to one of the four programs, which will run on dates in August and early September.

Prior to taking part, participants will be asked to complete a leadership capability review, a tailored 360 degree feedback questionnaire (which their peers, line manager and direct reports will need to respond to), as well as a selection of personality measures. Participants will also be asked to complete a number of post-program measures, to record their reflections on the experience and to take part in a one-to-one interview to explore their learning in more depth. They will also be asked to wear a heart rate variance monitor throughout the program, which will measure the physiological responses to their learning.

It is hoped that the study will develop our understanding of the value of different learning approaches in developing specific competencies, as well as its understanding of whether personality variables also influence this impact. The research findings will be published in a research report later this year.

The program will cost £700 + VAT per delegate, which includes all program materials, psychometrics and feedback, as well as meals and accommodation where required (representing an 85% discount on the 3.5 day open program).

If you are interested in taking part, please email lee.waller@ashridge.hult.edu or register online as soon as possible.