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2023's FOME conference in Rome and the Learning Design Innovation Awards

FOME in Rome and the Learning Design Innovation Awards

2023s FOME conference and the Learning Design Innovation Awards


Last week (3-6 December) saw 2023’s annual FOME (Future of Management Education) conference take place in the landmark city of Rome, hosted by the FOME alliance’s Luiss Business School.

With over 70 representatives from partner schools attending, including Deans, faculty, learning designers and management from the world’s leading business schools, the FOME conference was a welcomed opportunity for forward-thinking leaders to meet, collaborate, and discuss important industry topics. Main points of discussion included Generative AI, strategic business partnerships, and learning technology innovations.

Co-founded by insendi, the FOME alliance is made up of leaders in the development and delivery of immersive online and hybrid business education experiences. Together with other FOME members, the alliance has a shared vision to be a catalyst for digital innovation in business education in a way that leverages the collective capabilities, unique global coverage and perspectives, expertise, and evidence-based pedagogical insights of its members.


insendi sponsors the FOME Learning Design Innovation Awards

To showcase these insights and expertises, the insendi-sponsored FOME Learning Design Innovation Awards took place at the conference. These awards set out to celebrate the creative designs and impactful capabilities of member institutions and the insendi platform, recognising intelligent, well-crafted pedagogical designs for online and blended learning. Jess Hardy, Senior Learning Design at insendi, announced the gold, silver, and bronze prizes, and enjoyed attending both the conference and awards ceremony:



Luiss business school building

Luiss Business School campus, photo by Jess Hardy


Learning Design Awards results

With nine submissions entered by our FOME partners - all of them great examples of innovative learning design - the winners of each of the three categories of the Learning Design Awards Innovation 2023 were as follows:


Third place ESMT Berlin with their engaging course Dispute Dynamics in Negotiations which makes up part of their online global MBA programme.


Second place Imperial College Business School with their innovative sequence Building Podcasts Using GenAI from the Digital Technologies and Digital Transformation module of their online GMBA programme.


First place EDHEC Business School with their impressive learning journey How To Embrace the Current AI Hype While Designing Learning Paths for Online Education. This submission impressed voters with its innovative use of CustomGPT constituting a stand-alone problem-based scenario based on an iceberg learning model.


2023 FOME annual conference

From left to right: L to R: Roland Fines (EDHEC Business School), Olivia de Paeztron (ESMT Berlin), Andreea Floricel (EDHEC Business School), Joanna Szuda (EDHEC Business School), Jamina Ward (Imperial College Business School), James Connor (Managing Director at insendi)


The insendi team would like to extend their warmest congratulations to the Learning Design Innovation Awards winners, and thank all of our FOME partner institutions for their submissions and votes! We would also like to thank Luiss Business School for graciously hosting the fantastic event.