Convenience AND Quality - The Advantages of a Hybrid MBA

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Students attracted to the convenience of a hybrid learning model often ask an important and legitimate follow-up question: “Will I learn as well as I did in the classroom when I’m away from it?”

A recent study, covered by this U.S. News & World Report article, asked the same question about relative learning outcomes for hybrid and traditional learning models and came to a conclusion that surprises some traditionalists.  In their words:

Students who utilize interactive online learning—or hybrid learning—produce equivalent, or better, results than students participating in face-to-face education.”

The study, involving more than 600 students from six public institutions on the East Coast, mixed online components with some face-to-face instruction. The students taught with the hybrid method had higher final exam scores and a higher overall course pass rate.

What is perhaps less surprising, is that the students enjoyed the hybrid classes more because they allowed for greater flexibility.  

This 2012 study is no outlier.  In 2010, the Department of Education conducted a meta-analysis of more than 1,000 studies of online learning, finding that students engaged in online instruction slightly outperformed those who studied solely via face-to-face methods. According to a 2011 U.S. News & World Report article, the growing body of literature suggests that, “for nontraditional students looking to pursue a degree of any type, having to study online should not be a deterrent.

On the contrary, a mix of on-line and in-person education might be the best of both worlds.

We have been paying attention to studies like these, the findings of which have informed the design of our 16-month, hybrid MBA program.  We would love to tell you more about our program, or hear about your experience with hybrid learning here.

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