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The Otago Executive Education learning journey

Learn by doing – and then reflect on what you have learnt

This experiential style of learning centres on the residential immersion experience, and is supported by comprehensive pre- and post- programme elements.

Your learning journey begins before you arrive on-campus and continue after. Each programme includes a week-long residential stay at the University of Otago or a location of your choice. The entire learning journey could be 8 months long.

Pre-programme course work Residential-based Course/workshops Post-course components
360 degree type feedback tool, e.g. Leadership Practices Inventory tool or Genos Attendance at 3-5 day residential workshop based in Dunedin on Executive Education Otago’s campus or alternative agreed delivery location around NZ. Immersion cohort style experience. Structured assessment that is a mix of reflective journaling practice, action learning groups & presentation of leadership development plans.
Diagnostic profiling tool: e.g The Leadership Circle© Genos Emotional Intelligence Model , MBTI, LSI Addition of scheduled 30 minute one-on-one coaching session with our facilitator. In person follow up days/sessions in regions.
Selected pre-reading Addition of field-based observation activities. Zoom based group coaching sessions with facilitators (4-6 post course mark)
Structured Reflective work Addition of specialist focussed sessions based on organisational need.
Structured / planned zoom based meeting with participants manager’s to agree on outcomes & expectations and commitment/accountability.

Pre-residential Preparation: This preparation depends on your training requirements. Examples include diagnostics of your organisation issues, pre-reading, or reflective practice where participants are set ideas or tasks, and come up with solutions or insights.

Residential Session: Each session includes facilitation delivery, practical activities, and interactive group and class discussions. Participants are encouraged to discuss ideas and concepts. These ideas are further developed by and applied to the context of participants’ organisations.

Post-residential Personalised Coaching: Applications of what is learnt is important and often the reason that organisations embark on the training. In this phase, our facilitators will follow up individually with each participant on the practical application of what is learnt.

How can you formally evaluate the success of the programme for your organisation?

The Otago Executive Education is committed to ensuring the quality of our training programme. We use the Kirkpatrick Model to evaluate the success of each training programme. Greer Harper, Executive Education Manager, is bronze accredited in applying the Kirkpatrick evaluation methodology and related tools.

The Kirkpatrick Model

The Kirkpatrick Model is a worldwide standard for measuring the effectiveness of any training. It considers the value of any type of training, formal or informal, across four levels.

The four key levels of the Kirkpatrick Model:

Level 1: Reaction – the degree to which participants find the training favourable, engaging and relevant to their jobs

Level 2: Learning – the degree to which participants acquire the intended knowledge, skills, attitude, confidence and commitment based on their participation in the training

Level 3: Behaviour – the degree to which participants apply what they learned during training when they are back on the job

Level 4: Results – the degree to which targeted outcomes occur as a result of the training and the support