For the past 30-years, the Harbert College of Business has exploited technology advancements to ensure the most effective and innovative methods of instruction and student success."
It all started with VHS tapes.
That’s right. No streaming devices. No live classes on a smart phone. Distance learning at the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University started with VHS tapes and a VCR.
When electronic distance learning started at Auburn University, there was no internet, just stacks of VHS tapes which were labeled and mailed.
One tape for each class period for each week of class. That was a lot of tape. When the class was complete, students mailed the tapes back so they could be used again.
VHS tapes later became CDs and CDs then became DVDs. Early internet didn’t have the compression algorithms or the bandwidth to carry even standard definition video, but that would soon change and when it did, students flocked to the online space.
Today, our online masters students outnumber our on-campus students. Advances in technology allow crisp audio, high-definition video and live student-teacher interaction – available through any device the student chooses.
For the past 30 years, the Harbert College of Business has exploited technology advancements to ensure the most effective and innovative methods of instruction and student success.
Recognizing that executive students learn from each other and value networking with their peers, the Harbert College of Business was among the first in the country to develop hybrid programs where students combine on-campus residencies and international trips with distance courseware.
We’ve come a long way from VHS tapes, but we’ve never strayed from good teaching.