• In between residencies, distance learning keeps you connected to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business community and engaged in the academic experience.

    What does distance learning include?

    Approximately one-third of the Darden Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) curriculum is delivered via distance learning in the following ways:

    Online Classes

    Like every aspect of the GEMBA program, your online classes are high-engagement experiences. The Adobe Connect technology allows you to

    • Interact with your faculty and fellow classmates by sharing screens
    • Write in comments and questions in real time
    • Participating in the discussion by conference call

    Because of the ease with which the interface allows you to share and analyze content and spreadsheets as a group, your professors often use online classes to focus on technical issues, allowing for a richer discussion when your class meets together in person.

    Recordings of online classes are also available for students who are not able to attend the live class sessions. Typically, distance learning classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings (e.g. 7 - 9 p.m.).

    Virtual Group Meetings

    Prior to the online case discussion with your entire cohort, you will meet virtually with your learning team to prepare the case, share perspectives and resolve questions. Occasionally, you will work on team projects as a group as well. The same software used for online classes is available at any time for group work and allows you to share documents and edit collaboratively.

    Independent Projects and Deliverables

    Between residencies you will also work on and submit independent projects and exams.

    Distance Learning Video

    Learn more by watching the following video of Professor Paul Simko who describes distance learning in Darden's executive-format MBA programs: