Choosing your online programme can sometimes look like a real challenge: format, objectives, teaching approach and choice of curriculum… the variety of options is enough to make your head spin! And, what’s more, the methods differ enormously depending on the programme.
To help you see more clearly and make the right choice, we met with Suribey Chamorro Plaza, who has been Director of the Master of Science (MSc) Programmes at EDHEC Online for almost 2 years. Let’s see what a typical week on EDHEC Online campus looks like!
The main ingredients of online learning at EDHEC
When asked what makes EDHEC online learning approch unique, Suribey Chamorro Plaza answered without hesitation: “All our programmes are structured around two main building blocks: online classes and the interactive aspect.”
Online classes to adapt to the pace of learners
By online classes, Suribey means all the educational video modules which are accessible to students at any time. As she explains,“they allow everyone to manage their learning and time at their own pace. In order to make these classes more dynamic, we have also integrated many activities that you can do yourself. The classes are made up of micro-videos which are a few minutes long and systematically supplemented by an activity, such as a case study to complete or a quiz.”
The activities allow you to consolidate theoretical insights and strengthen the teaching approach of “learning by doing” which is so characteristic of EDHEC Online training!
Interactions to consolidate and maximise online learning
The second characteristic building block of EDHEC training is interactions. As Suribey explains, “We favour learning by doing, but also with peers. We rely on several tools to encourage interaction between our students.”
The following digital tools are designed to be complementary:
- Zoom and Slack for conversations with classmates and teachers;
- Coaching sessions (group and individual) with academic mentors. All students have access to a Career Path, a programme through which they receive help to formalise their career plan and set up an action plan to find the job of their dreams! Students are supported by coaches in this course;
- A second support system, the Consulting Project, which aims to strengthen the interactivity of the training. Each student is invited to choose a consulting topic related to their career ambitions so they can practice with a concrete project and gain expertise quickly. Unlike a very academic approach, this consulting project feeds knowledge about a market, industry or product in a very concrete way.
Differentiating features compared to online learning competitors
For Suribey Chamorro Plaza, the main feature of EDHEC online training is support!