Dual-mode Teaching: Here to Stay in our New Normal – An Interview with David Claivaz, Acting Dean of BSL

The outbreak of the coronavirus had a huge impact on universities around the world. Lectures, seminars, and workshops moved online, and the classroom was replaced with video call. A number of international students returned to their home countries to be with their families and loved ones throughout the pandemic. 

At Business School Lausanne (BSL), faculty members have reopened their doors to students and are prepared with a number of health and safety measures in place. BSL has introduced ‘dual-mode teaching’ to cater to both students who are able to attend classes in person, as well as those who will continue to study from home. 

We spoke with David Claivaz, Acting Dean at BSL, about the future of dual-mode teaching and what this means for students. 

What Is Dual-mode Teaching? 

Dual-mode teaching is relatively new at BSL. It means that there will be students physically in attendance in the classroom and students dialed in virtually online. “Dual-mode teaching merges two different things,” explains David, “It merges classroom teaching and distance learning at the same time.”

Essentially, “It’s the gathering of students in a classroom with students online at the same time under the leadership of a professor who is present in the classroom.”

Dual-mode teaching means that students can attend class in person as well as virtually

This unique teaching method was primarily introduced in response to the pandemic. “The idea is that we have specific needs at the moment that we have to care for,” says David, adding that, “Switzerland is reopening so we have students who aren’t in Switzerland who can’t come to the classroom and we have students who are still in their home countries.”

Dual-mode Teaching Helps BSL Maintain its Close-Knit Community 

While dual-mode teaching was introduced in response to COVID-19, there are a number of other advantages to this teaching method for students at our business school in Switzerland. BSL strives to offer students a close-knit family feel, with small class sizes and plenty of networking opportunities. Dual-mode teaching can help to recreate this environment, even when half the student body is off-campus. 

“We don’t want the community to be separated by distance,” says David, “We want to keep the community together because that’s a very important dimension at BSL. It’s a school of proximity. People know each other, they work together, they launch products together.” 

Will Dual-mode Teaching Become a Permanent at BSL?

Another advantage to dual-mode teaching is the flexibility that it offers students—especially for those earning a master of business administration who may have work commitments. This is one of the many reasons dual-mode teaching could well become a permanent fixture. 

Speaking about the future of dual-mode teaching at BSL, David explains that, “It’s there really to accommodate the students at present but also we want to keep this feature in the long run. At MBA level for instance people at BSL are executives they have their own jobs and sometimes for job reasons they cannot make it to class. So we want to give students this flexibility on a regular basis in the long run as something to really help.”

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Can an MBA Degree Improve Your Career Prospects?

An MBA is a big investment in terms of time and money, which is why prospective students should ensure that it will help them to achieve their career ambitions. 

Fortunately, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) can do a lot to help you improve your leadership capabilities, advance your career and access higher ranking positions. Students enrolled in an MBA degree will learn leading management frameworks for strategic implementation, form valuable connections, and gain an international perspective and network. This is a perfect option for professionals who already have several years of experience and are ready to take a step up. 

Read on to find out how an MBA degree could help to improve your career prospects. 

An MBA Degree Could Help to Increase Your Annual Salary  

After graduating with a master in business administration, you might be hoping to earn a higher salary. Results from our 2017 placement report show that more than a third (38%) of students received an increase in salary after graduating with an MBA. As well as this, more than a third (38%) earned a merit-based promotion, and almost a quarter (23%) received an education-based promotion.

According to a recent GMAC survey, more than half (56%) of companies plan to increase MBA starting salaries for new hires. This shows that an MBA could be a great way to increase your earning potential over time.

Increase your earning potential with an MBA degree

Expand Your International Network to Prepare for Global Career Opportunities

The value of completing an MBA program isn’t just what you learn—it’s also who you meet. While you study at a business school in Switzerland, you will have the opportunity to learn alongside other experienced professionals from different sectors and countries. 

The student body at BSL is comprised of 85% international students, meaning that you will connect with other professionals from around the world with a global mindset. While studying, you will naturally develop cross-cultural communication skills as you work with others from different backgrounds and cultures. This could be a clear advantage in today’s international business world. As business becomes more and more global, employers are looking for professionals with a global perspective with persuasive communication skills. The experience that you gain at BSL can help you to succeed with an international company. 

Gain The Expertise that Employers Are Looking For

The faculty at BSL prioritizes real-life work experience and gives students the opportunity to put theory into practice, teaching you the nuances of applying management theories. The program includes a number of projects, and students will be encouraged to reflect on what they have learned and applied.

This experience could help you to access higher ranking positions. According to the 2017 placement report, almost half (46%) of MBA graduates had increased responsibility in terms of budget, people, and projects. 

In addition, research by GMAC shows that “employers overwhelmingly agree that business school graduates are prepared to be successful at their companies”. This is arguably because of the skills, connections, and experience that they gain at graduate school. Problem-solving and working with others are the main skills that employers and recruiters value in business school graduates.

Employers find that MBA graduates are well prepared for success

Are you interested in improving your leadership skills and advancing your career with an MBA degree?

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