Closing the gap between business undergraduate education and the organisational environment: A Chilean case study applying experiential learning theory

Leslier Valenzuela, Óscar M. Jerez, Beatriz A. Hasbún, Verónica Pizarro, Gabriela Valenzuela, César A. Orsini

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In response to the continuous changes in Latin American higher education and the increasing demands for better prepared professionals, the Learning Connected to the Organisational Environment method was introduced in the course of Marketing at one public University in Chile. This was aimed as an integrated approach to education, providing pedagogical and social value by connecting organisations and real challenges with the learning objectives. This paper describes its design, implementation and initial impact on students’ learning process. Results on the impact of the LCOE method show that students valued learning with this new initiative (n = 158) and showed higher performance and improved quality of their written reports, along with higher evaluations of the teaching staff compared to students in the same course learning with traditional methods (n = 158). Discussion is centred on the value of this initiative and on suggestions for transference and future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-584
Number of pages10
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Issue number5
Early online date1 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Challenge-based learning
  • Chile
  • experiential learning theory
  • higher education
  • service learning
  • students performance

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