Webinar: Conversations with Master Teachers – Emotional Design Thinking


Conversations with Master Teachers:

Emotional Design Thinking


Dr. Dina Frutos-Bencze, Saint Anselm College

Dr. Erica Piros Kovacs, Indiana University

Dr. E. Fernando Doria, Georgia State University

Dr. Ilke Kardes, Valdosta State University


Webinar recording from June 30, 2020

Presentation Slide Deck


Emotions are at the heart of what it means to be humans, and we know they play a critical role in students’ learning. The research results are clear. They show students’ emotions affect their attention and memory, which together determine their ability to learn. Educators around the world are starting to realize that by attending to their students’ emotions, they can improve their overall well-being but also foster their motivation to learn.

This webinar will present the case for a student-centered design in IB education. Through practical examples, Master Teachers will explain why successful IB courses should include not only the teaching of relevant theory in the field but also addressing students’ feelings during the learning experience.

At the end of this program, participants will:

  • Understand how emotions affect students’ learning performance.
  • Learn how to implement learning rituals to help students showing poor levels of engagement.
  • Analyze how to use an  “Emotional Design Thinking Framework ” to formulate successful student-centered learning experiences.
  • Learn some practical examples of how leading IB educators reduce overwhelming anxiety and boredom in the classroom while promoting content mastery.




About the Speakers







Dr. Dina Frutos-Bencze
Associate Professor of International Business
Saint Anselm College

Dr. Frutos-Bencze has corporate professional experience as Human Resources Manager and Training and Development Manager in Europe and the US. Prior to moving to an academic career, she was the Associate Dean of Online Business Programs at Southern New Hampshire University-COCE, in Manchester, NH.

Dr. Frutos-Bencze has published several peer-reviewed articles and chapters in journals such as Critical Perspectives on International Business, the International Trade Journal, and the International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets. Her most recent research has been about internationalization of family business groups, and monetary policy impact on renewable energy production in Latin America.

Dr. Frutos-Bencze is fluent in English, Spanish and Czech. Dr. Frutos-Bencze received her MS in Chemistry at the University of New Mexico, MBA at Oxford Brookes, UK, and her Ph. D. in International Business at Southern New Hampshire University.








Dr. Erica Piros Kovacs
Clinical Assistant Professor of International Business
Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

Erica Kovacs is a Clinical Professor of International Business in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She has been teaching since 1994 and finished her PhD in 2009 at UFPE, in Recife, Brazil. Her research was about the internationalization process of agribusiness firms and now she focus on teaching and its innovations. She has worked in multinational firms such as Philips and Rayovac and has more than 10.000 hours of consultancy regarding international business and strategic planning. She has also created international business courses and methodologies for SEBRAE, the government agency in Brazil that supports small businesses and traveled to more than 30 countries, mostly due to work. She also worked as a visiting scholar at the Institute of International Business at Georgia State University, in Atlanta in 2015.








Dr. E. Fernando Doria
Professor of International Business
Institute of International Business. Georgia State University

Dr. Evaristo F. Doria has worked as a Fortune 100 corporate executive in strategic marketing and sales mainly in Latin America, and Asia for more than two decades. He is a Senior Lecturer in Internal Business at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business – Georgia State University where he co-leads the Minor in International Business. Dr. Doria is a frequent keynote speaker on topics related to business strategy and innovation invited by trade associations, universities, and other institutions from across the world. He has authored several articles and books in the field of marketing strategy and international business.








Dr. Ilke Kardes
Assistant Professor of International Business
Valdosta State University

Ilke Kardes is Assistant Professor of Marketing & International Business at Valdosta State University. She received Teacher Excellence Award in both 2018-19 & 2019-20 academic year.

Previously, Dr. Kardes taught International Business and served as Research Director at Center for International Business and Education Research at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on emerging markets, middle class, branding, cross border e-commerce, and pedagogy in higher education. She has publications in Journal of International Marketing and International Business Review.

Her academic career and abilities have been shaped in different cultures during years. Ilke was a faculty member and taught many courses at the University of Applied Sciences, Duesseldorf in Germany and at Marmara University, Istanbul in Turkey for several years. She was also a research associate at Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University for one year in 2011. Ilke is fluent in English, German, & Turkish.




The International Business Webinar Series is a project of the national CIBER Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Consortium, led by Georgia State University CIBER and sponsored by CIBERs at Florida International University, George Washington University, Indiana University, Loyola Marymount University, Michigan State University, Temple University, Texas A&M University, University of Colorado-Denver, and the University of Maryland. This program is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education.



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