Management Education and Development through Action Learning (MEDAL)

An action learning programme (ALQ) for senior managers, combining interactive management workshops with ‘virtual’ group research project and individual questions.

The Challenge:

The client was looking to develop 18 participants into a leadership role; all were currently in middle-manager roles in a publishing and information services company with 3-5 years’ experience but little direct management training.

Application of the learning back in the classroom was key as the relationship between the senior managers needed strengthening.

The Design:

The MEDAL (Management Education and Development through Action Learning) programme combined interactive management workshops with small “virtual” group research projects, learning sets, guided reading and individual action learning questions (ALQs) which use real-life situations and questions, to then learn and apply solutions in the workplace.

The course included three residential modules six weeks apart, addressing their personal action learning questions in the workplace in the intervening periods. Learners took responsibility for their own learning, both through active participation in their action learning sets and through preparing and delivering a session with others in the group on a relevant topic, theory or concept supplied by the tutors.

This programme was designed and run in the early days of blended learning. Participant were sent CD’s to watch with an assignment to do.  Materials to read and they had to research and prepare a presentation, sometimes on their own, sometimes in a group.  The style of this programme would now be a Flipped learning approach see a wiki definition

Number of participants

Days in the classroom

Hours of learning

Self guided online modules

What they thought:

Great for gaining knowledge and giving a framework to apply it in a more effective way Participant

I have become more of a mentor-manager rather than a directive one. Participant

Made me realise how capable I am, and how much more I am capable of doing in the future. Participant

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