International Education Day 2022 is focused on “Changing Course, Transforming Education”. A sentiment we can all relate to nearly two years after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Life as we once knew it has changed drastically. Home offices have become the norm, living rooms have become gyms, movie theaters, and spaces for hosting a virtual after-work. Nearly all means of social interaction— work, education, conferences, gatherings— have moved online. According to a 2020 study conducted by PEW, 81% of workers in the US use online conferencing tools, such as Zoom or WebEx, to connect with coworkers (PEW, 2020). This global sequesternization indoors has placed a disproportionate amount of demands on women by forcing them to not only continue performing in their professional roles and as a parent, but by also adding teacher to their long list of responsibilities. As a result, women have had to hone their skills in adaptability, resourcefulness and flexibility. Here at Aula Magna Business School, we strive to aid in this effort.
Many of these changes have come to stay, and among them is online learning. According to experts, hybrid forms of education (in-person coupled with online learning) are the future. Virtual learning methods provide opportunities that have yet to fully be explored, although it has already proven to be more affordable, equally (if not more) effective, and more sustainable.
As the first fully online executive business program designed for women and by women, the Executive Development Program meets women where they are. It does so by allowing female executives from across the globe to connect to experts in executive development, fellow executive women, and access to professionally designed case studies virtually. The program incorporates mixed learning models by maximizing peer-to-peer interactions, peer-to-content methods, and peer-to-instructor tools for effective learning outcomes. These methods of learning are achieved through the combining self-guided learning content, along with live webinars, and coffee chats. The program takes advantage of the online world by implementing learning material for all types of learners and schedules– especially for those women who are constantly on the move. In honor of International Education Day 2020, we should celebrate innovative online education models, such as Aula Magna Business School’s Executive Development Program which serves as a model for transformative education.