As we’ve talked about in a previous post, there can be several obstacles tied in with the online learning experience in people’s minds – everything from isolation to boredom. As we found, Imperial College Business School is successfully removing these obstacles to revolutionise the online learning experience through its innovative Global Online MBA programme.
Following on from that post, we thought what better way to continue the discussion than by gaining the perspective of a current Global Online MBA student whose professional expertise is education? With current Global Online MBA cohort member David Park having worked for several years as an education professional, we were keen to get his insight into the Imperial Global Online MBA study experience.
We share his thoughts below:
Q: You work as Associate Director at University of Southern California (USC). As an education professional, what are your thoughts on the overall learning experience studying Imperial’s Global Online MBA programme?
A: Although most of my studies are done on a 13-inch laptop screen, my Global Online MBA experience has thus far broadened my perspectives! As a staff member at the second-largest private university in America, I am well aware of the latest trends in higher education. I’m surprised how the various online techniques such as the mini-lectures, discussions boards, polls, and targeted quizzes have sparked my brain in unique ways. Not all online programmes are created equal, and I’m confident Imperial will settle for nothing less than being the best. The industry will be watching Imperial’s growth, and that’s a good thing.
Q: What do you feel are the main benefits you’ve gained through Imperial’s online MBA?
A: The main benefit is the ability to earn an Imperial College MBA from my home in Los Angeles! Working in higher education, I understand the global reach of the Imperial brand. Even just a few years ago, this would not have been possible, and I would’ve opted for a local programme. With the rapid advances in online education technology along with Imperial’s excellent online learning platform, The Hub, online learning today can be high quality, affordable, and fun. We’re truly living in a wonderful time!
Q: How do you feel your current online learning experience differs from your on-campus study experiences?
A: I graduated from University of California, Berkeley 12 years ago and still remember my days sitting in large lecture halls squinting down at the professor. Traditional on-campus study still has its place, especially for the 18-22 year olds who are transitioning into adulthood and developing social networks. You can’t beat that residential experience. However, online learning is ideal for busy working (and travelling) professionals like me who can’t commit to taking a year or two off for an on-campus programme.
Q: Has your view of online learning changed since you commenced Imperial’s Global Online MBA programme?
A: Like many people, I was sceptical of the quality of online programmes. Will it be challenging? How will this degree be viewed by my future employers? Who will be my classmates? All these questions lingered as I was deciding on an MBA.
After I flew to London for the induction week, I came away thinking Imperial College Business School is ‘all-in’ and committed to the success of the Global Online MBA. I think the School recognises Imperial’s academic reputation is on the line, and only a top, well-respected programme will satisfy the alumni and the whole university community.
In many ways, this being a new programme, the resources and support are abundant, and the College has taken every measure to make it the best online MBA programme in the world.
Q: Have you taken from your Global Online MBA studies any insights you can apply in your own role as educator at USC and beyond?
Yes! I’m in Asia for work about two months per year and have already connected with my classmates abroad. A real benefit is expanding my international network. If I were to have enrolled in a part-time programme in southern California, all of my classmates would have been professionals in LA or Orange County. That’s ok, but I was seeking a programme that would expand my non-US network, as my work by nature is international.
David Park is currently studying the Global Online MBA programme offered through Imperial College Business School. Find out more about the Global Online MBA programme.