Georgetown University is home to world-renowned faculty and research centers, and these resources aren’t just available to students. Leveraging the full resources of the University, Georgetown’s Corporate and Custom Education department designs and delivers custom learning solutions for teams, departments, and organizations. In order to guarantee that our clients’ learning objectives are met, our team emphasizes three components in the design and delivery of custom programs:
1. A Thorough Needs Assessment
Contemplation is a critical dimension of intellectual inquiry, and Georgetown’s Custom Education team recommends that clients reflect on the need(s) for a custom education program. We ask clients to consider the knowledge-level of employees, what the employees need to learn, and what is happening at the organization that needs to be changed, improved, or built upon.
Through a series of reflective questions during the discovery and needs assessment process, the Custom Education team works together with the client to make sure the learning objectives are appropriate and realistic.
2. A Collaborative Classroom Experience
Grounded in the university’s Jesuit traditions, Georgetown’s Corporate and Custom Education programs draw from the core value of cura personalis, which translates to ‘care of the whole person.’ In academic life, this refers to individualized attention to the needs of a student, respect for his or her unique circumstances and concerns, and an appreciation for his or her particular gifts and insights.
Cura personalis is reflected in the collaborative classroom experience that our custom program instructors foster in the classroom. By paying attention to the variety of personal and professional experiences represented in the classroom, instructors are able to create individually tailored relationships with participants. This encourages more open dialogue and allows the instructor to better target learning gaps and more effectively achieve established learning objectives.
3. An Applicable “Toolbox”
Georgetown’s Custom Education programs introduce key frameworks and concepts and then apply them to practice through a mixture of class assignments, case studies, and real-world examples. By building from theory to practice, participants are able to more fully internalize the learning and place it within a real-world context.
Upon completion of a custom education program, participants walk away with a “toolbox”, in the form of templates, handouts, or slides. Equipping participants with an applicable toolbox helps to not only refresh participants’ knowledge when needed, but also continuously reinforce the learning objectives.
If your organization is interested in custom learning design and development, please contact us at email@example.com or 202-687-7000 so that we can begin the discovery and needs assessment process.