Online Learning Update

January 9, 2013

The tyranny of distance

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

by the Newcastle Herald

The Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) is allowing students to study units within the master of business administration (MBA) without leaving home. The school says the move is in response to the changing nature of its student population. ”What we’re seeing is the market for people in their late 20s and early 30s changing,” the interim dean of MGSM, Guy Ford, says. ”They are mobile, they don’t go to the same office and sit there from 9am to 5pm every day, they are really tech-savvy, and they’re finding it increasingly difficult to come to the same location for four hours each week.” The university is striving to preserve the core components of the degree while allowing new students more flexible study options. ”It’s the same learning goals, the same faculty, the same assessment and the same exam,” Ford says. “For a school like ours, it’s important we move with the careers of our students rather than students having to stop their careers to complete their studies.”

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