Education at a Distance: Teaching executives in China

A.M. Efendioglu
L.W. Murray


Since 1991 we have been using a distance learning technology to teach MBA students in China. Our university contracted with two firms in China to deliver MBA programs to selected executives. Each student would take 42 semester hours of instruction (17 separate classes), following exactly the same sequence of courses as those students enrolled in our regular on-campus MBA program.

Our objectives for engaging in these distance learning programs were:

* To enhance the "internationalism" of our faculty.

* To increase the faculty's experience with executive education.

* To enhance our understanding of a distance learning technology.

* To improve the overall "quality" of our graduate students.



This study looks at Chinese MBA students and their Tutored-Video Instruction (TVI) versus on-campus academic performance. The results show that TVI students performed slightly lower than on-campus MBA students. However, results varied with the training and skill level of the tutor that the distance students had. While TVI students performed slightly less well than on-campus students, TVI reduced instructional costs by 9.5% compared to the traditional classroom.

APA Citation

Efendioglu, A. M., & Murray, L. W. (2000). Education at a distance: Teaching executives in China. THE Journal (Technological Horizons In Education), 27(6), 84.

About the Study

Links to Article
Mode Technology-enhanced, Blended or Hybrid, Online
Publication Type Journal Article
In Publication THE Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)
Type of Research Quantitative
Research Design
Intervention/Areas of Study
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined Graduates
Peer-Reviewed Unknown
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest
Specific Course or Program Characteristics Professions
Outcome Variables of Interest
Student Sample Size
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