The evolution of an online MBA program: Using E-Learning to share institutional resources
Abstract: This paper traces the evolution of a single campus traditional MBA program to a consortium based on-line program with students from around the world. The evolution took place over a span of ten years. A distance learning approach was used to share both limited resources and a limited pool of students. Initially, courses were delivered using synchronous, interactive video. Over time the courses migrated to on-line offerings. The first courses to be delivered on-line were the prerequisite, foundation courses. These courses have a stable content and can easily be shared. Stand-alone elective courses, short in length and very specialized, followed. The core MBA courses were the last to be offered on-line. The core courses needed to be designed specially for the program and required negotiations between the consortium schools. Now the entire MBA can be completed on-line. What was first started to help local students through the sharing of resources now draws students from around the world.
Presider: Robert Bisking, Our Lady of the Lake University