ISBF is the beneficiary of a rich tradition of University of London (UoL) / London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). At least once every year, and often on more than one occasion, faculty members from UoL / LSE visit ISBF and spend time on extensively training our faculty members, lecturing to our students and participating in other ISBF meetings and events. ISBF students eagerly look forward to this opportunity to learn from some of the leading academicians in the world, not least because it provides deeper insight into the mind of the LSE examiner who will correct their final examination scripts. And our faculty too have found the training imparted to be immensely useful. The page below will give you a more detailed idea of what goes on during these visits.
Teaching Visit by Dr. James Abdey, LSE, March 2017.
In March 2017, Dr. James Abdey, Assistant Professorial Lecturer, Department of Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), again visited ISBF. He spent two days here, during which he delivered a lecture to all students. He also spend some time answering student questions.
Teaching Visit by Prof. Michael Cox, LSE, March 2017
In March 2017, Professor Michael Cox , Director, LSE IDES and Emeritus Professor, International Relations at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), visited ISBF. The students of ISBF had an interesting opportunity of getting an insight into the current scenarios that have caused much stir in the world. This informative and interactive session had the Impacts of Trump’s Presidency on International Relations and Trade and Brexit’s Impact on the same as the main topic.
Q&A with ISBF student
Teaching visit by Dr. James Abdey, LSE, December 2016.
In December 2016, Dr. James Abdey, Assistant Professorial Lecturer, Department of Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), visited ISBF. He spent two days here, during which he delivered a lecture to 1st year students in Statistics, conducted a faculty training workshop and also graciously spent some time answering student and faculty questions. Here are some video excerpts of his visit.
Q&A with ISBF faculty
Q&A with ISBF student
Faculty training workshop
Teaching visit by Ms. Roberts, LSE, September 2015.
The workshop conducted by Ms. Roberts was centred on disseminating best practices of instruction and evaluation followed at the LSE, which would hold ISBF in better stead with respect to greater student participation in the classroom and consequently, better grades at the annual UoL examinations. The sessions were focused more on the qualitative subjects in the bouquet of courses offered in the EMFSS programme for International students. Ms. Roberts impressed upon the faculty members present the need to drive home the importance of critical and analytical thinking in approaching questions. The sessions involved her discussing subtleties and specifics ranging from reading the question correctly, spotting the appropriate command word (e.g. Discuss, Explain, Argue, Critically analyse etc) to more substantive issues like the ideal structuring of answers. The emphasis on argumentative structuring laid in the workshop was of immense benefit to all gathered because it alerted the participants to the kind of spikes evaluators look for in answers; consequently, the present faculty members would be better placed to pass on these subtle tricks of structuring to their students. The interactive nature of the workshop meant that faculty members felt comfortable about the learnings and took the improvements suggested in a spirit of intended overall improvement in classroom delivery adding up to better student performance. ISBF expects more such interactive workshops in the foreseeable future to allow for greater convergence of academic ideas, and better percolation of best practices through such enriching cycles of knowledge-flow by eminent LSE personnel.