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This article is part of a series of FAQs with Thunderbird Executive Education about the value of continued executive development and lifelong learning.
With everything from knitting to rocket science taught via web-based platforms these days, we should no longer assume the choice between online vs. in-person courses is about quality. Many online courses offer a top-notch, in-depth learning experience. But, still, online courses are more likely to face the question from an individual or company: Does this really provide a return on investment?
At Thunderbird, the answer is an emphatic, “Yes.” Our online and in-person courses deliver very tangible ROI. Not surprising, considering our quality classroom- and online-based executive and professional development programs are developed and taught by the same distinguished faculty.
So what the decision between the two really comes down to is: Which type of course is the right fit for you?
In-person courses have the obvious, built-in value of networking – class time, social events and after-class shop talk. But more and more online courses are also stepping up by creating environments of conversation, such as discussion boards and group tasks, which allow participants to interact with each other from afar.
Each type of course offers its own set of advantages. A company in Florida, for example, might not be willing to pay for a manager to fly to Arizona for a multi-day program. So an online course could be a better option in that case. For other advantages of each approach, read on:
“What’s an advantage of online courses? You can enroll and participate from almost anywhere in the world.” – Click to tweet
“What’s an advantage of in-person courses? Valuable learning and networking come from engaging directly with people.” – Click to tweet
At Thunderbird, we’ve even had participants tackle an extreme adventure course during a program on building trust and collaborative teams. Think of it as an Amazing Race-style experience where you can create, collaborate and solve problems on the fly.
Whether you hope to build business acumen through curricular experiences or gain the cultural and experiential advantages of in-person interactions, Thunderbird can help you find the right fit.