IE Business School Online Masters
Atul Tannan
February 20, 2011

All glory comes from daring to begin.”  — Ware. Eugene F.

Before talking about the courses and weekly schedule of an online MBA, I’d like to share with you how the online course works:

The most important components of the online classes are: A) Online Forum Discussions  B) Being able to watch the lecture again if needed and C) Working around the Globe with an intellectual team.

Online Discussions – When one takes a normal class, one comes prepared for that day’s agenda and is able to answer questions that the teacher asks; it’s an on the spot thing. The biggest advantage of an online discussion is that everyone gets the time to THINK, read, scour the internet and then compile well-thought out answers. This not only raises the level of discussions but also allows the students to learn from each other’s perspective.

In Marketing, our teacher posted YouTube videos, advertisements and even launches of new products to teach using real examples from the world.  As a working professional it gives one the time to imagine that situation in real life and share real life examples with rest of the students. By end of the week you’ve soaked and memorized every bit of information regarding that principle with plenty of examples taken from the real world, books and internet.

In Accounting we were able to bring in different companies’ balance sheets and study them in detail. In a normal class you would not be able to do this. Here we were able to post a link from the internet right away and ask the teacher and the class questions regarding that particular balance sheet. Another member would repeat this process using a different balance sheet. Again, this method gives you time to understand, interpret and make a suitable judgment on the case at hand.

This process is very practical as it uses real life examples and gives the student enough time to prepare, just as it would be required in a real life situation. You can imagine the quality of the discussion when a diverse group from around the world is in discussion using the IE platform.

The next most important part of the GMBA course is Teamwork.

Stay tuned to find out about what it is like for students from different cities to work together over the internet across different time zones and meet deadlines for projects 🙂 …. coming up next week!!


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