Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Who's up for online education?

IE Business School rated No. 1 worldwide in online education by The Economist

Instituto de EmpresaBusiness SchoolMadrid, February 24, 2010. IE Business School´s International Executive MBA program has been rated the best in the world in the report on online management education published today by The Economist. IE Business School shares the top position with the University of Florida (U.S.), rated for its Internet MBA. The rating further consolidates IE´s position as a leading business school worldwide.
Online education seems to be the buzz these days: everybody is doing it, everybody is falling for it. I must say I am taking it with a grain of salt, as no one has yet managed to convince me that a degree like an MBA could be taught online. Why don't we do online medical degrees as well? I am extremely happy that my school is doing it and by doing so it is moving up in rankings but come on! Online degrees? When I see that on a resume, I lose any desire to read any further.

Go to www.shell.comSurely, there are instances when online courses can save you a lot of time and money, particularly when you need to reach everyone in the company and also provide a proof that your staff have been trained on something. Shell is using online trainings quite extensively, particularly when it comes to courses like Antitrust Regulations, Export Controls or Conflict of Interest. Since the CEO is liable in case something goes pear shape with regards to those, he must be able to prove that measures have been taken to convey the messages to the staff and those have been adequately engaged and trained. However, heavy things like a Master's degree? Doubts, doubts...

Call me old fashioned, but for me online degree programs and virtual sex are in the same category.

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