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Distance MBA Course and Program Development Gordie Karels Finance Department College of Business Administration University of Nebraska - Lincoln The Program 48 Hour – no residency requirement. 30 Hours of Required Coursework 18 Hours of Electives Courses taught in 10 week terms

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Distance MBA Course and Program Development

Gordie Karels

Finance Department

College of Business Administration

University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The Program

  • 48 Hour – no residency requirement.

  • 30 Hours of Required Coursework

  • 18 Hours of Electives

  • Courses taught in 10 week terms

  • Currently offering 5-6 courses per term

  • Course Enrollments from 10 to 60 students.

  • Identical Requirements to Campus Program

  • Same curriculum, same faculty


Current Enrollment Characteristics

  • Campus Program – 133 students, average GMAT 610.

  • Distance program – 110 students, average GMAT 627. Credit hours registered for in winter term – 540 (four terms per year).

  • Now capping enrollment at 40 students per course.

  • Expect to offer multiple sections of core courses starting in fall.


How we develop courses

  • Professional course developer located in CBA co-sponsored with the UNL Division of Distance Education

  • Faculty are content providers

  • Faculty determine course characteristics

  • Common course look

  • Common program expectations

  • Course maintenance by faculty and developer.


Course Content

  • Comprehensive syllabus with learning objectives, schedule and types of assignment and interaction

  • Narrated PowerPoint slides

  • Video Tutorials

  • Readings and homework

  • Class interaction – discussion board, conference calls/video conferencing


Course Content Continued

  • How to instructions

  • Assignment Manager

  • Gradebook

  • Communication Instruction


Econ and Finance Courses

  • Ten modules (one per week)

  • Assigned textbook with weekly chapter readings

  • Narrated PowerPoint lectures for each module

  • Practice problems with solutions for each module

  • Weekly multiple choice practice quiz


Econ and Finance Continued

  • Sample homework problem for each module

  • Required homework problem for each module – voluntary teams

  • Weekly video conference/conference call

  • Midterm – Module 5, Final – Module 10

  • Exams – open book, open note, timed. Available for four days.


Econ and Finance III

  • Weekly discussion board for posting of questions on materials or homework

  • Links for help with technical material

  • Video tutorials for some modules

  • All homework graded within two days so available for video conference

  • Exams a mix of multiple choice and problems – going more towards problems built into a multiple choice format.


How we Assess

  • Required zero credit hour assessment course in the final term of the program.

  • Semester meetings of the teaching faculty and staff.

  • MBA Director has access to course materials and evaluations. Faculty pay is similar to summer sessions and director has ability to replace faculty.


How we assess - continued

  • Annual Faculty MBA Distance Teaching Award – chosen by students enrolled in courses in the past year.

  • Comprehensive Course Evaluation in every course that addresses almost every aspect of the distance delivery format.


Specific distance Questions


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