An Online MBA may just be the right choice for you.
The University of Baltimore's Online MBA program offers the same content, rigor and collaboration between faculty and students as you would find in a face-to-face class on campus. The benefit of online education is that you can participate from anywhere with an Internet connection without needing to travel to campus.
Tips for Online Learning
To make your online learning experience rewarding we have some tips:
Be Motivated: Business School is challenging. Learning online can be too if you are not prepared for online learning and instruction. It takes a motivated student to make the most out of an online course. Being a self-starter, a collaborator and a good communicator, are great characteristics to have when you think about enrolling in a online course.
Be Present: You want to make the most of your experience and that means it is a good idea to limit distractions around while you are posting your thoughts, doing homework, taking a test or writing a paper.
Be a Planner: You have work and a personal life — and those are important — but now you've added business school and online classes. On campus, you would have the benefit of a professor verbally reminding you of assignments, projects, and exams. Online, you’ll need the discipline and time management to watch for the information, plan time for each task, and then budget your time in order to get everything done. Students who excel in time management usually spend a few minutes each day determining how much time to allocate to each task.
Be Savvy: That is tech savvy. If you’re not technologically savvy, don’t worry. Our online learning management system, Sakai, has a user-friendly infrastructure. Few people ever have issues with understanding the applications, but some do take longer to get comfortable than others.
Be Involved: Yes, you can be involved—virtually. The online learning environment can be as robust and dynamic as you want it to be. It is up to you, your classmates and the professor to post and bring breath and depth to the online conversation. Your peers can be excellent resources, both academically and professionally.
Be a Leader: Just like a face-to-face classroom there are ways for you to be a leader. There is a a value in your course (just like a your job) to be collaborative. It is also a good way to grow your network and earn valuable contacts that could lead to a job after graduation.
UB Online Course Readiness Assessment
Brought to you by the University of Baltimore's E-Learning CenterHere are some questions to consider when deciding if an online course is right for you.
Why are you taking an online course?
People commonly mistake an online education for an instant education. Online learning is not easier than the traditional classroom experience. In fact, many students find it requires more time and commitment.
While you’ll have more flexibility in organizing your study schedule, you still must do regular academic work. Each three-credit UBOnline course requires a minimum of ten hours of work per week (more if you’re taking a 10-week course). So if you don’t have sufficient time in your personal schedule to do the course work, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Don’t consider an online course because you think the work will be easier than in a traditional class!
Do you schedule your work time and follow through to meet deadlines?
Good time-management skills are essential for successful online learning. Students must be disciplined and structure their own schedules. It’s very easy to become distracted by personal or work commitments when attendance isn’t required at a particular place and time each week.
It’s important to complete all assignments on schedule because, once you get behind, it’s very difficult to catch up.
Do you possess strong reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills?
UBOnline classes require you to learn from reading — typically using textbooks, internet-based materials, written “lectures” or notes from the instructor, etc. You must be able to interpret and synthesize the written word; differentiate between facts and opinions; and evaluate sources for accuracy, relevance, objectivity, and currency.
In an online course, nearly all communication is written. Therefore, you must comfortably and effectively convey your ideas and opinions in writing. Remember, your participation requires written communication with your instructor and classmates.
There is no face-to-face interaction.
If you have limited writing skills, consider taking a writing workshop or mini-course with UB’s Achievement and Learning Center.
Are you comfortable with computers?
You don’t have to be a computer whiz to succeed in an online course. However, you should possess basic computer skills: finding, opening, saving, printing, and managing files using Microsoft Office applications (particularly Word, PowerPoint, and, to a lesser extent, Excel). Additionally, students must be proficient in managing e-mails, sending file attachments, conducting web searches, and saving (or downloading) online files using a current web browser.
Since online courses are technology-based, you need a basic comfort level with computers, software, and internet service providers. If you’re easily frustrated or intimidated by computers, then you probably won’t be very happy in an online course.
Are you concerned about feeling isolated in an online course?
UBOnline courses are not independent-study courses. They are highly structured and involve frequent interactions with the instructor and with your fellow students. It is critical you contribute your ideas, perspective, and comments on the subject you’re studying and read about those of your classmates.
Your instructor is not the only source of information in your course. Having classmates from across the country and around the world is a wonderful educational opportunity in itself. You can gain great insight from your peers, and they can learn from you as well.
Interaction is an important key to success. By exchanging ideas and contributing to the lively give-and-take of discussions, you’ll find the learning process more rewarding and enjoyable.
Are you willing to ask for clarification or help?
Many of the non-verbal cues instructors use in determining whether students are having problems (confusion, boredom, frustration, absence, etc.) are not visible in the online environment. If you experience difficulty on any level (either with the technology or the course content), you must communicate this immediately. Otherwise, the instructor may never know what’s wrong.
If you have a problem, don’t wait. Post a question to the course discussion area or contact your instructor right away.
University of Baltimore e-Learning Center is located in the Thumel Business Center.
Did you know?
The Merrick School of Business are pioneers in online education.
In 1999, the University of Baltimore launched a fully online MBA that had AACSB International accreditation—and we were first in the world to do so.
Thousands of graduates have benefited from the foresight and innovative thinking that our faculty built. They collaboratively transformed the traditional MBA to be delivered — online.