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Harvard Business School Launches Virtual Classroom in HBX Live

Harvard Business School‘s unique digital learning initiative HBX has formally announced the launch of HBX Live—a virtual classroom designed to reproduce the intimacy and synchronous interaction of HBS’s famed case method in a digital environment. …

HBX Live in action. (PRNewsFoto/Harvard Business School)

HBX Live in action. (PRNewsFoto/Harvard Business School)

Harvard Business School‘s unique digital learning initiative HBX has formally announced the launch of HBX Live—a virtual classroom designed to reproduce the intimacy and synchronous interaction of HBS’s famed case method in a digital environment. It enables participants from around the world to engage in a dynamic and highly interactive discussion under the direction of an HBS professor.

HBX entered the digital learning platform market just over a year ago with the introduction of HBX CORe, an online program that teaches the fundamentals of business (Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting) to college students and recent workforce hires.

More recently, HBX announced the launch of Courses, a portfolio of online learning programs targeted at more senior managers.  The first offering in that series is “Disruptive Strategy” with Professor Clayton Christensen, renowned as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth. Both CORe and Courses are delivered through HBX’s innovative online platform, which was designed to create a highly interactive learning experience for online participants.

With HBX Live, no matter where participants are located, they can log in concurrently and join real-time, case-based sessions with Harvard Business School faculty who teach from the HBX Live Studio, located in the Boston-based facility of public broadcaster WGBH.  In the custom-designed studio, a high-resolution video wall mimics the amphitheater-style seating of an HBS classroom, with up to 60 participants displayed on individual screens simultaneously.

In addition, others can audit sessions via an observer model.  Sessions are expertly produced using still and roaming cameras, thus creating the look and feel for participants of being in a real classroom, where they can see both the professor and fellow students.

“Everything in the HBX Live Studio was designed to recreate the magic of the Harvard Business School case method classroom,” says Professor Youngme Moon, the School’s Senior Associate Dean for Strategy and Innovation.

“We then layered on some additional features to bolster the learning model even further.  The result is a deeply immersive and engaging experience that allows participants from around the globe to interact in a highly kinetic way,” Moon adds.

Alumni from the MBA Classes of 2000, 2005, and 2010, as well as the HBS Alumni Board, were recently invited to participate in a two-session pilot on leadership.  And CORe students had the opportunity to interact in real time with the CORe faculty and their peers, including one session where there were participants from more than 30 countries.

To date, twenty HBS faculty members have taught in the HBX Live studio, and feedback has been very encouraging.  For example, ninety-six percent of the HBS alumni who took part in the initial session said they wanted to participate in HBX Live again. Participants have lauded the way the platform transcends geographical boundaries.

“The energy my faculty colleagues and I can feel in the studio from students located around the world is incredible, and the interaction with participants is seamless and impressive,” says Professor Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX.  “As a result, we are exploring the use of the HBX Live facility for a variety of new purposes, from case-based teaching in virtual executive programs to research activities.”

The HBX Live team also plans to connect more broadly with alumni and Executive Education and Corporate Learning participants in the near future as well as continue to explore how to best integrate Live with other HBX asynchronous offerings to add the benefit of real-time synchronous learning.

Finally, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria says, “HBX Live will help us deliver on our promise of lifelong learning by giving us a new way to engage students and alumni—not just here in Boston, but around the globe—as their professional and educational needs evolve over the course of their careers.”

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Cornell’s Johnson School Posts Fall 2016 MBA Essay Prompts

The Johnson School of Management at Cornell University has announced the required and optional essay questions that are part of the 2015-2016 MBA application. The school has fine-tuned the application process this year in an …

Cornell Johnson deadlinesThe Johnson School of Management at Cornell University has announced the required and optional essay questions that are part of the 2015-2016 MBA application. The school has fine-tuned the application process this year in an effort to help candidates convey their strengths and attributes.

“We’ve refined the application process at Johnson to better help candidates reflect on their personal journey and goals, and to present their best selves, as potential MBA students and future Cornellians,” says Judi Byers, executive director of admissions and financial aid.

“Discovering each candidate’s unique strengths is always exciting, and we are looking forward to seeing how applicants choose to convey their strengths through the essay submissions this year.”

Fall 2016 Required Essays

Table of Contents

Applicants are now encouraged to show enhanced creativity in submission medium. For example, the essay may be delivered by video or a creative slide deck.

You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. In 500 words or less, please create the table of contents for the book in the space provided or upload it as an attachment. We value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style. Alternative submission formats may include a slide presentation, links to pre-existing media (personal website, digital portfolio, YouTube etc.), as well as visually enhanced written submissions.

Maximum file size is 5 MB. We recommend that you upload your submission in MS Word, PowerPoint, or PDF format. We cannot accept .zip or .exe files.

Goals

The prompt for this essay has been simplified to help applicants hone in on their objectives in getting an MBA.

What are your short and long term goals and how do you see the Cornell MBA enabling you to achieve both? Please limit your response to 500 words or less.

Optional Essay

Complete this essay if you would like to add additional details regarding your candidacy. For instance, if you believe one or more aspects of your application (e.g., undergraduate record or test scores) do not accurately reflect your potential for success at the Johnson School.

If you are reapplying for admission, please use this essay to indicate how you have strengthened your application since the last time you applied.

Please limit your response to 500 words or less.

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USC Marshall Fall 2016 MBA Application Deadlines, Essay Questions

The online application is now live at the USC Marshall School of Business, so we’re sharing the  2015-2016 application deadlines and required MBA essays for the upcoming admissions season. Round One Application deadline: October 19, …

USC MarshallThe online application is now live at the USC Marshall School of Business, so we’re sharing the  2015-2016 application deadlines and required MBA essays for the upcoming admissions season.

Round One
Application deadline: October 19, 2015
Notification begins: December 18, 2015

Round 2
Application deadline: January 8, 2016
Notification begins: April 1, 2016

Round 3
Application deadline: April 8, 2016
Notification begins: May 27, 2016

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the day of the deadline.

Required MBA Essays

  1. Please complete both sections in no more than 700 words combined:
  • What is your immediate short-term goal post-graduation from the USC Marshall MBA program? (please include industry and function information in your answer.)
  • How will USC Marshall enable you to develop or improve your skills in order to reach your goals?

2. Tell us about a time went you went beyond what was defined, established, or expected.

For more information, please visit the USC Marshall MBA admissions website.

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Michigan Ross Reports Record GMAT Scores for Class of 2017

What do a Broadway violinist, a former White House aide, the founders of a single origin Colombian coffee company, and a former member of a boy band in Taiwan have in common? For one, they …

Michigan Ross class profileWhat do a Broadway violinist, a former White House aide, the founders of a single origin Colombian coffee company, and a former member of a boy band in Taiwan have in common? For one, they are all members of the MBA class of 2017 at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

The program is celebrating its most competitive admissions season in a decade in terms of the volume and quality of applications, MBA admissions director Soojin Kwon reveals in her latest blog post detailing some of the unique aspects of the newest Ross MBA class.

For one, Kwon says this incoming class has the highest GMAT average ever at 708. Approximately 35% of students hail from outside the United States, and 25% of the class is made up of students from non-traditional backgrounds, which includes education, government, medicine, the military and non-profits. “In fact, this year’s class boasts the largest cohort of veterans and teachers to date,” Kwon notes.

Almost two-thirds of the accepted applicants participated in the optional Team Exercise, which thrilled the admissions director because it shows “they value the team-oriented environment at Ross and aren’t afraid of ambiguity,” since this is one aspect of the admissions process that candidates cannot prepare for.

As you consider which schools to apply to this season, make sure to look beyond the websites and reach out to students and alumni to find out if they are truly passionate about their MBA experience or merely came to “check the box and get a great job,” as Kwon describes it.

Fit is hard to describe or define—you know it when you feel it—but is such an important aspect of the MBA experience that applicants should make every effort to ensure the schools they apply to are a good “fit” for them.

“It can mean the difference between just going through the motions so you can check the MBA box and loving your MBA experience,” Kwon says.

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MBA Students Hit Campus Early to Brush Up Skills, Network

While classes may not officially start for weeks, a new article in the Wall Street Journal reports that more and more MBA students are coming to campus early to participate in the crash quant courses …

summer programs for incoming MBAsWhile classes may not officially start for weeks, a new article in the Wall Street Journal reports that more and more MBA students are coming to campus early to participate in the crash quant courses traditionally offered to bring candidates from non-finance backgrounds up to speed before school starts.

The reason? Many students—even those with a finance background—have realized these early weeks on campus provide a valuable opportunity to network and bond with their future classmates before the rush of  classes and recruiting hit in the fall.

In response, business schools have expanded beyond statistics or math courses for these early birds. At Kenan-Flagler Business School, first-year MBAs can also participate in career workshops, resume reviews, and receive coaching on presentation skills, the WSJ reveals.

Meanwhile, summer program enrollment is up 30% over last year at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, which told the WSJ that about 300 of the incoming class of 850 arrived on campus early for refresher classes and to take exams that might allow them to place out of required courses.

Pre-term coursework functions a bit differently at NYU Stern School of Business, which allows some students to start in July in order to lighten their course load during the school year. Isser Gallogly, assistant dean of MBA admissions at Stern, told the WSJ the school has seen a jump in requests for these spots, which allow students to “get to know each other quite well” and form close bonds.

It’s interesting to note that Harvard Business School is not providing summer courses this year to bring new students up to speed. Instead, WSJ reports that the school has offered members of the HBS Class of 2017 its online learning program known as HBX CORe (Credential of Readiness) at a slightly reduced rate: incoming first-years pay $1,500 for the program rather than the full price of $1,800.

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London Business School Fall 2016 MBA Essay Questions

The application for the August 2016 intake at London Business School is now open, and the MBA essay questions are as follows: Essay One: What are your post-MBA plans and how will your past experience …

London Business School essay questionsThe application for the August 2016 intake at London Business School is now open, and the MBA essay questions are as follows:

Essay One: What are your post-MBA plans and how will your past experience and the London Business School programme contribute? (500 words)

Essay Two: What specific areas of London Business School life are you most excited about getting involved in and where will you add value? (300 words)

Optional Essay: Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (300 words)

For additional information, please visit the LBS admissions website.

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