Online teaching, as business schools everywhere have discovered, has downsides. But it also has big benefits, particularly when it comes to MBA students’ experience, says Olivier Sibony, associate professor of strategy and business policy at HEC Paris.
“It actually forces you to vary the formats of the class and of the interactions much more,” says Sibony, a long-time management consultant and lecturer at London Business School, Oxford Saïd, and elsewhere. “Because online, it becomes blindingly obvious that if you spend more than 10 minutes talking, you lose them. So it forces you to rethink your teaching plan to have a lot more exercises, a lot more interaction, a lot more questions, and a lot more breaks. And that is beneficial, too. I mean, I won’t teach the same way in the classroom now that I have some experience at online.”
Sibony is the author of You’re About To Make A