Will you be coming to Darden for an Executive Education & Lifelong Learning (EELL) program? Whether it’s your first visit or you’ve attended several programs, we have six key tips to make the most of your learning experience.

Complete Your Pre-Work

In the weeks leading up to your program, take the time to review the program materials, read cases and complete assignments you’ll need for your first day(s). You’ll get comfortable with the topics and be prepared to share your ideas and engage fully with others.

Get to Know the Learning Portal

You’ll receive a link to access your program on our learning management system, Canvas, a month before your program begins. Get set-up and familiarize yourself with the portal by watching the provided video and then exploring the site to know where to find schedules, assignments, logistics, FAQ and messaging. Feel free to reach out to your program manager if you have any questions before or during the program.

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Commit to Being Out of Office

Program days are inspiring, intensive and long. To get (and give) the most from each day, commit yourself to being present and fully engaged with the material, activities, faculty and your classmates. Prepare your team back home for you to be away for the week and enable your out-of-office message to set the expectation that you’ll respond upon your return. Of course, we know that emergencies and important issues can pop up, but we encourage you to take this time to invest in yourself, personally and professionally.

Be Open & Vulnerable

Come into the classroom with an open mind and be prepared for a collaborative environment where your perspective is valued and important. We typically have a variety of industries represented and it’s enlightening to hear how one industry may have similar challenges to yours, but may have different approaches to the problem, which you can then take back to your team for consideration. In turn, be willing to open up about your challenges, needs and goals. Once you get comfortable with being uncomfortable, you’re better prepared to accept new ideas and perspectives.

Network & Connect

Through learning teams, daily meals and receptions, and special activities, you’ll have many opportunities to connect with your classmates and the faculty. Take advantage of one-on-one time with faculty, who can serve as a sounding board for the work challenges you are currently facing. Get to know your classmates on a personal level to build lifelong connections and grow your network across industries.

Take Advantage of Everything Available

From program-specific activities to on-Grounds amenities to Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.’s rich experiences, you’ll find there are endless opportunities to explore, expand on what you’re learning, and just have a great time with your cohort. You’ll find that the full impact of your experience comes through not just what you learned, but how you learned and engaged with the material, how the faculty helped you connect insights to your specific challenges, and how those chats in the hallway or at the bar sparked “ah-ha” moments for you.

Find more information to Plan Your Stay on our website.

Haven’t signed up for your Darden EELL program yet? Check out our upcoming programs and noncredit certificates.