Developing-Leaders-issue-27-2017

Developing Leaders Issue 27: 2017 | 69 Practitioner Insights that idea, either in some sort of assignment, or reflection, or a problem or case that they are asked to work through.” Johnson notes that the online pieces developed for the online program can also become components of hybrid (part online/part live) executive education programs. For example, Owen has already used a number of components from the innovation program, taught by professor David Owens, for short courses that the school offers companies. “A company sits down and specifies some set of content that they want to cover, and we use different online components to extend what they do here in a few days,” he says. The Future Is Here Johnson sees the creation of the online program and the development of hybrid executive education programs as a reflection of the future of education. “I think education in general is going through a transformational period and I think business as a specific area is a great example of that,” he says. “The days of putting 300 people into a lecture hall and just lecturing to them are coming to an end.” Online delivery of lectures is not only significantly less expensive than bringing people to the campus; it is also more effective, he says. “One of the things we’re really learning with these new online delivery platforms is the ability to take a 90-minute lecture and break it up into much smaller manageable sections that are more effective for adult learners,” Johnson says. Over the next 10 years, he says, more and more business schools will be delivering the static and non-interactive elements of a program through more effective digital formats, while adding value to the face-to-face elements. “When we bring people together we can do things at a much higher value than simply listening passively to a lecture,” Johnson explains. “We can have the students engaging with each other and with the faculty member in a much more interactive way.” In sum, the new online program uses technology to enhance Owen’s strategy of world-class business education at a personal scale — a natural fit for a business school run by a technologist. To have that chance of being one of 15 to sit down with Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, that’s a very personalized experience.

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