No segment of higher education has grown at a higher rate than online education. Originally the domain only of organizations operating only online, most older and more traditional institutions of higher education now have added online capabilities, too. The result for nontraditional students or adults who already have begun their careers is that they can more easily continue their education or finish a degree begun years earlier.
On-ground management and leadership classes may or may not include nontraditional students, but generally they are often comprised of young adults who have not yet begun any career path. On-ground management programs teach theory with application examples- management leadership education online does as well. Other than the venue in which the classes are typically held, the primary difference between on-ground and online management and leadership classes is that online class discussion has far more real-world applications.
Because so many of the students in online management and leadership degree programs currently are working, they can bring real examples to discussions of points of theory the class is learning. This can and does occur in on-ground classes, but far more rarely. Online classes also require class participation in a degree that on-ground classes simply cannot. Most online programs require each student to post in a class discussion area at least twice a week if not more frequently, and to comment on the posts of other class members. Such interaction and application of theory generally is not even possible in the physical classroom setting.
We have become a degree-oriented society in many respects, and that perspective applies directly to business management. Whether the nontraditional student seeks to finish an undergraduate degree or progress to the Master’s level, the student already active in the workforce has direct knowledge of the importance of a completed degree to advance in virtually any company. A completed management and leadership degree online is of particular value to those seeking promotion or a new job position. Those students familiar only with the on-ground setting may wonder about the effectiveness of management leadership education online. Not only is there is no need for concern, in many respects, the online setting is even more effective than study in a physical classroom. The work experience that many students bring to class with them and the interaction required by the program combine to create a richness rarely found in the physical classroom setting- and one that is found to be highly appreciated by students after completing a program.