How Clemson transformed its MBA program for the age of online learning

Clemson University has long offered an on-campus MBA program, but starting this fall, the South Carolina-based school is placing its bets on something a bit different: an ambitious new version of the program that will allow students to access the same curriculum virtually through online learning. And while taking classes online is certainly no new feat, Clemson is hoping its new online MBA program will stand out.

Lectures will be available to live stream and to watch in a pre-recorded format, features that give students much more flexibility in this day and age. However, the program isn’t just the same old one made available through a different format. “It utilizes many digital components and instructional design learning supplements that give remote students a complete Clemson MBA experience,” explains Dr. Greg Pickett, the school’s director of MBA programs. Among those features: the ability for students to submit questions to their professors and participate in classroom discussions in real time, send follow up questions, and much more.

To make the program better suited for the online format, Pickett explains that Clemson oversaw a two-year effort to create it, integrating technology and then strenuously testing and making adjustments to course content in order to get everything just right.…Read More