MBA Correspondence Courses
Can I do an MBA correspondence course?
Correspondence courses are home study courses pre-approved for MBA course credits. This style of learning enables a student to gain continuing MBA course credits at a pace of their choosing as well as at their convenience. You can study in your home or between appointments that you have or anytime else. What correspondence courses do is to give you the flexibility to obtain your MBA degree without compromising your family obligations and your schedule.
The busy schedules that people have today mean that it is almost impossible for some to take up full-time education or even part-time education as their commitments, lifestyle or workload do not allow for it. These correspondence courses, also called distance learning courses, allow anyone to have access to interactive courses from anywhere they need.
In correspondence courses, a student will receive their course information through the mail, then they can take the time they want to complete their assignments and then send them back to their instructor. It's worth looking at the other forms of distance learning whilst we are here though, because the problem that many people have with correspondence courses, that people feel they are taking their classes in isolation. Correspondence courses have trouble finding a way to get the interaction going between the faculty and the students, bar when assignments have been marked and sent back to the students. Another important part of the MBA is the interaction with other students and its enhancements of the learning experience. That is rarely possible in correspondence courses.
Another form of distance learning is the telecourse - which is where students get sent videotapes of lectures, with exams proctored or are administered in a format which can be taken home. This still gives the flexibility to the students and also gives through video presentations a way of explaining the written material. But student to student interaction is still lacking.
Interactive television has only recently been introduced, allowing students in distant classrooms to be in the same class together with the same instructor. Both students and instructors can see and can hear each other using interactive television. So therefore there is now some student to student interaction. However, there is less flexibility as to have that interaction the students need to be in class at a specified location and a specified time.
Web based instruction gives the students the opportunity to use the internet for course participation. The course delivery system has been recently developed and provides a solution to scheduling problems. Students can use any computer with an internet connection to access the course and at any time of the night or day. Special internet programs or simple email are used for assignments. Synchronous or asynchronous discussions are available for student interaction.