I like the challenge of online courses to try and recreate the face-to-face personal experience in a virtual classroom setting.
I think we have seen the rapid acceleration of idea generation, whether in products or services; many of these ideas utilize technology. It is critical that business leaders balance product and service development with ethical and environmentally sound practices.
It’s critical that students complement their classroom learning with an understanding of how to develop their personal brand, network in-person and online, articulate their unique value verbally and in written form, and prepare for interviews. It’s our job to provide multiple opportunities to practice and strengthen these skills.
The virtual discussion platforms in these classes add to the learning experience of my students by stimulating constructive exchange of ideas, collegiality, innovation, positive thinking and responsible decision-making.
My online classes provide me with a perfect environment to teach finance to my students in a user-friendly manner – interacting actively with them, understanding them, motivating them, encouraging collaborative learning, providing timely feedback, and adapting my pedagogy to suit their needs.
At Isenberg, students get exposed to various innovative models of business strategy, and students work together to solve problems they may have never encountered before. This prepares them to face the working world ready to collaborate, contribute, and compete, regardless of their background and prior level of expertise.
I am taking Isenberg online classes to fulfill the requirements for my Engineering Management minor. Through Isenberg Online, I can take classes at my convenience.
Oddly, Isenberg Online can seem more personal because of my regular email exchanges with students and the quality of our discussions. I love the way my students talk to each other in my online classes, sharing experiences and congratulating each other on accomplishments.
The online program with Isenberg allowed me to fulfill my desire for continual growth.
Online instruction allows a student from any place in the world to select a course and choose the learning environment, and gives the independent learner the ability to manage their studies and their personal lives.
I love that I can help people start their MBA journey on the right foot. Everyone has a different background, certain needs and may require guidance, which I am happy to provide. Ensuring a successful start for a prospective student is my personal mission.
As the world economy becomes more intertwined, web-based conferencing has become vital to global business. Online education is a great platform to give students practice collaborating with people from different industries and cultural viewpoints, through the use of advanced technology.
"Education is the best provision for old age" - Aristotle. I needed more 'ammo' to get work. It was necessary to boost my skills and abilities.
It’s convenient and easy to access the materials and get in contact with professors. I’d recommend Isenberg Online to anyone who needs to earn a few more credits during the summer or winter.
Given that students and alumni rely heavily on social media for news, information, and relationships, I think the work I do makes our community feel a stronger connection to the Isenberg School and to each other.
I have been a part of Isenberg since we first offered online classes. Being part of that experience showed me just how valuable Online Education can be; I've worked with many students and faculty over the years and by providing them with the support they need to be successful in the online world has been very rewarding.
Many people don’t understand how close and well-networked Isenberg Online students are to each other. Over the course of the program, they come to know each other very well and often initiate life-long friendships and professional relationships.
I think we are living in an interesting time, when we are really exploring the role of business and capitalism in our society. My hope is that, as an institution, business education will produce leaders who can redefine the definition of profit and use business as a vehicle for promoting ethical and meaningful change in our world.
Through Isenberg Online, I am able to accomplish what I set out to do. I am happy to say that I am well on my way to my Bachelor’s and possibly my Master’s.
I work with staff and faculty to bring new academic offerings to our students, and build relationships with our constituents and partners. As an alum of Isenberg, I have first hand knowledge of the curriculum, and have seen it grow over the years. I really believe in what we are doing here.
As Dean, my goal is simple... to help build Isenberg's brand by delivering a transformative educational experience. Let us help you reinvent yourself.
I have a strong bond with the students I advise. Since I earned my degree from UMass as a non-traditional student working full time, I can relate to the challenges our students face. I have first-hand knowledge of what it is like to juggle work and family responsibilities while completing a degree.
I get to know my online students really well. Through the use of frequent discussion posts, we create an environment of mutual learning and sharing where all students participate -- that is hard to replicate in the classroom setting, where students are sometimes shy to share their thoughts and experiences.
I think I made a great choice to pursue my BBA at Isenberg. I have managed to get two internships through the school – one with a Big Four accounting firm – so I am very satisfied.
I love the online experience; and the students are amazing. Their energy and expertise – many are well accomplished in their profession – helps in creating an excellent, interactive, and vibrant learning dynamic.
I really enjoy people – the day-to-day interactions I have with my students is very rewarding. I also have the privilege of working with a talented and sincere team of co-workers with whom I learn (and laugh) on a daily basis.
I am proud to have obtained my degree and feel as if the world is at my fingertips. My husband and I both have our MBAs and I am hopeful this serves as a positive example for our children.
Obtaining a business degree will allow me to run my consulting business more efficiently and effectively. The online program gave me the flexibility to earn my MBA while traveling for my business.
An online BBA program allowed me to go to school full time and work full time from 1300 miles away. I can achieve the same degree as a traditional student while taking classes in a nontraditional way.
I have found that online teaching makes you think deeply about what you are trying to do when you teach. You have to think very clearly about the goals of the course and how to maximize engagement with the students. You have to see the course from the students' perspectives rather than just focus on the material.
Online teaching keeps me on my toes. It is very rewarding, and I am very happy I decided to pursue it in addition to traditional instruction. I especially enjoy working with students from different backgrounds and nationalities.
For the past 2.5 years, I have spent a great deal of time reading, reviewing, testing and interacting online with some of the brightest, most diverse group of colleagues I have ever experienced. Our classes had physicians, engineers, company presidents, accountants and members of all branches of the military. The Isenberg experience was both challenging and enriching.
Isenberg has given me a broader lens at how to look at problems my company faces today as well as insight as to how to better navigate what is on the horizon.
The Isenberg online MBA program enabled me to advance to the next stage of my career – entrepreneurship in digital media research – with flexibility at a top-level school. Besides marrying my wife, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
Tell me your story, tell me your passion, and let's see how we can learn, think and apply business concepts to help you achieve your goals and aspirations.
New career opportunities arose even before I attended my Isenberg MBA graduation ceremony. I was asked to consider a faculty position at the Air Force Academy’s Management Department, and I was picked for an international defense laboratory exchange program. I couldn’t be more satisfied with my Isenberg Online experience.
Online teaching gives me the opportunity to practice what I preach in my marketing classes – continuously evolving my approach to meet the needs of my students. I tend to tweak my teaching methods to better motivate my students and encourage them to approach learning differently and collaborate.
I started the Isenberg program in my 50’s. For me it was a chance to “retool” and sharpen my business skills and provide intellectual stimulation.
I had a wonderful experience, learning many tools that I will be able to use in my daily work. The staff was fantastic.
With an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, I felt I needed a strong business education to give me the knowledge to succeed in my organization; both now and in the future. I chose the Isenberg MBA because it allowed me to take the majority of my courses online, but still allowed me to take some courses live in Holyoke.
Isenberg enabled me to attack challenges head on. It has given me the toolkit I need to do today’s job even better, and to prepare for tomorrow’s opportunities with greater confidence.
I use the leadership, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking skills that I developed as a 21-year Air Force veteran to provide the best support and guidance possible to current and potential MBA students. My goal is to ensure every student has a meaningful and fulfilling learning experience.
I entered college right after high school and then life happened! Isenberg afforded me the opportunity to work, pursue my education, and still be a nurturing mother. I am truly grateful for the empowerment Isenberg has given me as a single mom.
I have been part of the Isenberg team since we first started offering online classes, and I've worked with countless students and faculty over the years. Providing them with the support they need to be successful has been very personally rewarding.
The program has a collaborative and flexible format in which students can decide on how and when they learn together. Whether it is through discussion boards, wikis or conference calls, students have the opportunity to interact with faculty and peers.
The combination of having a fulltime civilian job, being an attorney in the Army Reserve, a husband and a father, and coaching my town’s youth lacrosse team – all take up time and left me wondering how achieving an MBA would be possible. Isenberg allowed me to do that with its flexible part-time program, accessible professors, and engaged and diverse student body.
Isenberg Online allows me to have a life outside of school, with the flexibility to fit in my studies everywhere.
I already had a degree in criminal justice and worked as a correctional officer for a few years when I decided I wanted to get a degree in business management to help get a promotion to an administrative job at my facility.
Isenberg Online courses allowed me to spend a semester interning in Boston while continuing my academics and earning credits toward graduation.
Data is the life’s blood of the new economy. As new industries that collect and process this data are being established, existing enterprises have to continuously find new ways to use their data in order to remain competitive. My focus is on helping our online students become successful managers in this new data-centric world.
Coming from an Engineering background, which is more technical in nature, the MBA has complimented my skills in terms of handling projects from a practical and business perspective. It has helped me make more meaningful management decisions. I now have many more colors in my palette from which to choose in any administrative situation.
Online teaching for me is exciting. I get a deeper glimpse into how each of my students thinks. I try to formulate class discussions that are thought provoking and encourage students to go beyond the class reading by bringing real world links and current events into the online learning community.
The virtual classroom can give students an inside view of an industry that is not always captured in a traditional classroom setting. As more and more business transactions occur online, this early exposure to digital project collaboration can give students a fundamental leg up in the workplace.
Learning is not one-dimensional; the most fulfilling classes are those where students and teachers exchange ideas, support each other’s others viewpoints, trust and respect each other.
My aim is to not only help students plan and tackle the path they want, but to also equip them to handle all of the unexpected twists, possible wrong turns, and sometimes complete changes in direction.
My connection with students prepares them for their professional journey. In addition to building resumes, interview skills and business networks, I help build confidence and inspire through making connections with those who have “made it”.
Teaching online is very similar to producing a television show. The key is to present the material in a way that makes it entertaining, yet conveys the key concepts.
It always amazes me how much Isenberg students support each other. Classmates use discussion boards to ask for help when they are stuck on a problem and there is always someone volunteering with advice or guidance, even though it doesn’t impact their grade. Everyone has an equal voice and group problem solving is encouraged.
The education complemented my technical skills perfectly and has prepared me to transition and succeed in a managerial position. I consider this education as an important tool in my arsenal!
Isenberg provided me with better opportunities, an enhanced understanding of different business environments and a large network of professionals. Since starting with the program, I have already moved up to a higher position within my company.
I focus on providing my students with an on-campus experience in an online format by encouraging interaction and active learning, providing prompt feedbacks, and encouraging cooperation among students.
As an Isenberg MBA alum, this really is my program, so my goal is to make sure that students and my fellow alumni can always be proud of Isenberg.
Isenberg teaches accounting students that their viewpoints and analysis actually matter when businesses make decisions and form opinions.
I help Isenberg students hone their skills, navigate university systems, set goals and priorities, build relationships with recruiters and establish strong leadership skills. I get satisfaction seeing students grow into future leaders and like to help them become better citizens on campus and in the community.
I value belonging to a strong network of dedicated professionals and made many wonderful connections while completing my MBA through Isenberg Online. I live and work in San Diego, and I made sure to come to Amherst for graduation so that I could meet my professors and classmates in person.
The Isenberg MBA program gave me necessary training to boost productivity in my office and handle the administrative side of a successful healthcare practice. I can see improvements to my practice already – both clinicians and auxiliary staff are working together in a well-managed, efficient and positive environment, and as a result, the patient experience is even better.
Online classes have the same curriculum as face-to-face classes; same textbook, same assessments, requirements and standards. Online students also get the same one-on-one attention that students get in my face-to-face classroom.
Overall, I would highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to challenge themselves, learn a lot and meet great people along the way. I would do it all over again in a minute. I had a great time and learned more than I would have ever expected.
Successful professionals are flexible, great communicators and life-long learners. At Isenberg Online, everyone has a voice and everyone participates. My favorite part of this is that I get to see students helping other students in the discussion areas.
It is vital to bring real-world experiences into the classroom. I am always eager to share the knowledge and experience I've gained through 25 years of teaching and consultation of over 200 organizations around the world.
I truly enjoy the opportunity to work with our client business partners and organizations that hire our students. I connect students with our partners in corporate and non-profit industries. The ability to build strong relationships, based on credibility and trust, is paramount.
I believe our outstanding advising services sets us apart. I ensure that students, from start to finish, have the best possible experience. For me, advising goes beyond helping students chart an academic plan -- it’s about relationship building. Many of the students I’ve worked with over the years have become friends.
I’m a little like an “academic therapist.” I spend a lot of time listening to the pros and cons of students’ daily routines and classes. This has given me a deep understanding of student’s needs, worries and milestones, and has helped shape the advice I give to every generation of students.
Definitely look into Isenberg Online! The class I took was very efficient and I wouldn’t hesitate to take another one.