The present-day business community calls for digital-savvy, problem-solving graduates. Today’s digital generation of learners and busy working professionals desire flexibility, convenience and real-world relevance. Business schools have had to adapt to meet these needs. GBSN member, The Open University is dedicated to offering a flexible higher education, accessible to students anywhere in the world. Since its beginnings over forty years ago, The OU has pioneered distance learning – and now its pioneering all over again with use of digital technology.
For a third year GBSN Member, The Open University Business School hosted two faculty fellows from Strathmore University and the Narxoz Business School. Dr. Ainura Kaldarova from Narxoz Business School in Kazakhstan recently visited the OU after successfully applying through the Global Business School Network (GBSN) faculty fellowship. This offers academics from institutions in developing countries the opportunity to learn about the OU’s approach to distance and online learning. Here Ainura recalls her month-long stay in Milton Keynes as an International Fellow.
The online revolution in business education is undeniable, and many institutions struggle to keep up with the accelerating pace of online technology. Yes, technology’s presence in education is nothing new, but the online revolution is still evolving. The challenge now is for institutions to offer a high quality comprehensive online learning experience that can emulate the historic classroom delivery model, according to Peter Todd, Dean of HEC Paris. It is a widely held opinion that degrees attained through online programs are less valuable or credible than degrees sought out in person. Poorly known schools provide several online programs with minimal … Read More