Hi-tech teaching methods are helping the Henley Management College to build on its distance-learning MBA, writes Roger Trapp
In the decade or so since distance learning has established itself as a viable way of studying for business qualifications, the techniques - and the business environment - have changed out of all recognition.
In an attempt to respond to those changes, Henley Management College, which has concentrated on middle- and senior-level executives since its foundation in 1945, is modifying its increasingly popular distance learning MBA. From next January, students will be able to take advantage of the latest advances in information technology, a new curriculum and more frequent residential workshops. As Ian Turner, director of the college's MBA and Diploma by Distance Learning programmes, says: "The workplace has changed so dramatically over the past 10 years, it is absolutely essential that management education keeps pace. The content of our new course has been refocused to reflect these needs." In particular, modules covering such areas as managing performance, business transformation and strategic direction have been fully updated and extended. In addition, the college has teamed up with Lotus Notes to provide a means of communication between students, while Internet addresses are included with research material so that students do not have to surf the Net in order to look for relevant material and the content of courses is directed at each student's type of business. …