Si, say hola to one of the best paradigms of the twenty first century. Many schools of thought suggest that the college or university is dying a slow death. These thoughts are thoughtless and do not take into account the full picture of the bigger picture. Si, certainly, there may be some traditional schools closing down over the next few years but the suspicion is that it has very little to do with today’s online learning environment and opportunities.
Colleges and universities, on the livewire campus and online, it has to be said, are thriving and are likely to be doing so for years to come. The online learning environment has been grasped in full by some of the world’s finest learning institutions in the United States. They have been practicing in this arena for quite some years already. It is alive and well in Australasia. It is starting to catch on like a house on fire in the United Kingdom too.
And it is most certainly doing well across the European Union, Spain included. Spain has one of many advanced learning and post degree opportunities for young (and older) men and women who wish to excel in chosen careers as well as adapt well to the new paradigms of the twenty first century. At the moment, there is an online master en marketing digital series of course programs doing the rounds. One tailored degree program, online of course, combines digital marketing with social media networks of the day.
This Master’s degree program may have great appeal to many young entrepreneurial and fresh upstarts in the startup areas. But, as always, there is more than meets the eye. The business school has a lot of work ahead for new students. But the learning systems are integrated and encourage interactive engagement. It is like being in a real classroom. Studying at night no longer needs to be mastered alone. The Masters in digital marketing and social networks engages in and teaches the strategies and techniques needed for putting together a successful digital marketing plan for a first, new or existing business.
The teachers incorporated into this learning environment are all professors. They are a group of recognized professionals from Spain and abroad. They are also stakeholders in some of Spain’s leading technology companies today. Learning by rote was proved to be a dead failure some years ago already. Today, learning is pretty much outcomes based. It is always results driven but it has higher and longer term goals in mind.
The case is no different in the interactive and engaging senior online learning environment. Active participation in all learning material is encouraged and ongoing. There is a practical way forward. Theoretical learning is given a welcome partner in the form of practical learning opportunities where students immerse themselves in case studies. In this case, solitude is not possible and team work is inevitable.
Such an engagement is necessary to experience what it is really like in the professional arena.