The fast pace of ever evolving technological advance has completely changed and impacted the way live and learn. We are now able to educate people who are not able to step away from their occupations and family and life obligations. This is even pronounced for learners in developing countries and far-flung corners of the world. Most aspire to a Western education but cannot afford one so online courses and MOOCs serve as a great alternative.
In this op-ed for Forbes, Peter Todd, the dean of HEC Paris, one of the most selective business schools in the world, makes a case for prestigious business schools to have more online offerings. He argues that some of the top business schools in the world, such as Wharton and Harvard, have been reluctant in embracing online courses. The onus has therefore fallen on smaller and lesser known schools, which “undermine their brand through low admission criteria and large class sizes.” He states that HEC Paris has decided to embrace online courses as part of its offerings in large part to embrace a wider audience of learners who may not be able to attend on-campus classes for some of the reasons already aforementioned.
He notes that it is estimated that a fifth of the people who apply for their master's program are from Africa. He firmly asserts that they should not be denied the opportunity to study. The plan to attract people for the online course is combining the knowledge and experience of a diverse student body, receiving input from entrepreneurial mentors and hiring some of the best professorial talents in particular fields or majors.