Yale School of Management is to teach two digital courses for the business schools that are part of its Global Network for Advanced Management. The two will be in competition law and mobile banking opportunities, and will enable students at the participating schools to learn and collaborate online.

The Yale Network has 23 business school members from around the world, including IE Business School in Madrid, which will supply the technology platform for the two pilot courses.

“These are both courses where students working in teams across geographies can make a big contribution to our understanding of what’s happening in these areas,” says David Bach, senior associate dean at Yale and former professor at IE Business School. Students will also learn the skills needed for virtual teamwork, he says.

Most of the recent publicity for online programmes has been for the development of moocs (massive open online courses), where anyone can register for the course for free. But there is also a growing number of schools that are collaborating and sharing online courses for groups of their students, which count for credit towards degrees - or spocs (small private online courses).

The Global Network was established in December 2011 by Yale dean Edward Snyder, with Insead and the National University of Singapore as founding members. Today the network includes schools in China, Turkey, Israel, Chile and Ghana as well as ones in the UK, Ireland and Spain.


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