02 November 2018

Online Courses: Innovative Educational Opportunities

In pursuit of innovative, flexible and accessible learning, the Graduate Institute has embraced online platforms, allowing not only current students but the wider public, access to a world class education. This pursuit has sparked new partnerships and broadened the Institute’s reach to the far corners of the earth.  

Julián Ginzo is an Executive Education student from Argentina, working at a non-governmental organisation located in Washington D.C. As part of his Executive Master of International Negotiation and Policy-Making, he was able to take the first of his three required modules online.

“I chose to do this programme to better understand and identify strategic opportunities for improvement within international and governmental organisations. The online platform provided by the Institute was very user-friendly, with articles, interviews, discussions and webinars to aid in learning; it also presented a solid introduction to the key roles that some of the most relevant international organisations and its leaders play, globally."  

Jasmine Champenois, Head of Strategic Projects and Innovation at the Institute, said that this type of “blended” education has allowed for a more innovative and flexible learning journey, both in our master and executive education programmes, which is crucial to compete globally with institutions of higher learning. Julián’s experience was one of many.

Aside from online modules, which are offered as part of degree-granting coursework, the Institute also offers non-degree-granting massive open online courses, or MOOCs. MOOCs are a selection of short, free online classes available to anyone that introduce a wide-range of subjects. Those offered by the Graduate Institute include Globalisation and Global Governance. Since 2017, MOOCs have already had 10,000 participants, a testament to their popularity. They were what ignited the creation of small, private online courses for Executive Education programmes, like the one Julián participated in.

For a taste of what the online education experience can offer, Cédric Dupont, Professor of International Relations/Political Science, is currently offering a MOOC on Global Governance. Click on the following link to learn more and sign-up: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/global-governance