$1M Gift Will Fund Online Learning at UC Berkeley/Haas

The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley announced last week that it has received funding to blend online education with traditional classroom learning, thanks to the $1 million set aside by the Chamberlin Family Donor Designated Fund.

Created by Steve and Susan Chamberlin, former members of the Haas School of Business professional faculty, the funds will be shared by UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, the Graduate School of Education, the Haas School, the School of Information, and the School of Public Health, as well as UC Berkeley Extension. These schools have formed a consortium to share knowledge, develop unique programming, and realize efficiencies.

“I hope this gift is the catalyst that launches UC Berkeley on the path to being the best in the online space,” says Steve Chamberlin. “It’s less important to be first than to develop the background and the qualitative measures to do online education really well.”

Noting that students today are “digital natives” who expect to be able to learn through an online platform, Adam Berman, the Haas School’s executive director of emerging initiatives, says, “Technology has progressed to the point where online education is no longer a pale substitute for the traditional lecture hall. Advanced learning platforms, rich media, social networks and mobile devices allow for highly interactive learning communities online, as well as a customized, results-oriented experience for each student.”

Through the use of both online and traditional course formats, Jay Stowsky, senior assistant dean for instruction, says the Haas School will be at the forefront of professional business education by expanding student access to the school’s world-class faculty.

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