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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

Distance MBA Course and Program Development

Gordie Karels

Finance Department

College of Business Administration

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

the program
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
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
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
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
Course Content Continued
  • How to instructions
  • Assignment Manager
  • Gradebook
  • Communication Instruction
econ and finance courses
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
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
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
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
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.