Now the most remote students can attend class


Cranefield’s academic qualifications focus on value chain management, including the organisation’s supply chain activities, its project management portfolios, and the appropriate leadership behaviours for strategic success. In the current economic climate, employers prefer job-relevant education and training for improving the competence of employees and for providing them with the necessary skills to be of immediate benefit to the organisation. Cranefield College has positioned its academic qualifications to serve the leadership and management needs of organisations best, in both the private and public sectors.

What employees learn from Cranefield today, they are able to implement in their work contexts tomorrow. Without such practical incentives, it does not make sense for employers to invest in education. Due to the modular structure of Cranefield’s academic programmes, students spend only one day per month away from work. Between class contact days, student syndicate groups meet outside work hours to discuss their practical case studies. The average age of Cranefield’s students is 38, ranging from 23 to 55 years old.

Cranefield’s newly acquired Blackboard Learning Management System enhances the entire process for lecturers and students, also enabling students to attend classes interactively on-line. All classes are streamed live (from Cranefield’s main campus in Midrand, Gauteng) and students are able to see and ask questions from the lecturer. Remote students, including those in other countries, are now able to attend live classes via the Internet. Where a student is unable to participate in one of the live classes (due to a particular work situation, or being outside the time-line for instance), he or she can still subsequently view a recording thereof.

For case discussions in the abovementioned syndicate groups, students are also able to meet via the Internet in a dedicated on-line collaboration room where they can see and hear each other, using Blackboard. This is so not only for students outside Gauteng - those attending the lectures on campus may also choose to book a virtual room for their discussions, thereby saving time and travel.

All class-based academic programmes, including the Master’s degree (MComPM), can now be offered to students nationwide and internationally through blended learning, combining class contact with e-learning support. Exceptional students may advance all the way to the PhD degree, which signifies the highest level of academic and professional attainment. As students progress from Cranefield’s Advanced Certificate in Project Management to the Master’s degree and PhD, they are equipped with knowledge to achieve CAPM, PMP, PgMP, and OPM3 Professional certification from PMI. On 15th March Cranefield College, in collaboration with PMI, staged its first Certification Awareness day of 2014 for its students.

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