On Demand Technology Training for MBA Students and Others

lynda.comMany MBA students find themselves in a “catch up” mode on day one of their MBA program because they lack the technology skills and applications’ proficiency to do the work expected of them. My experience suggests that when MBA students start their program in a catch up mode, they continue in a catch up mode throughout their entire MBA program. Moreover, when MBA students find themselves in this situation, they usually experience work life balance issues, class performance issues, and MBA peer perception issues.

While MBA program faculty members and administrators recognize that matriculating MBA students may lack basic technology skills, they typically view this type of training as a student responsibility and not that of the MBA program. Although this view is understandable, it does not help MBA students improve their understanding and use of applications, especially those that support collaboration.

One obvious solution is for the individual student to attend a training program that helps develop the needed skills. Fortunately, there are on-line just-in-time options that are available for the busy MBA student. More importantly, some of these options are low cost and include tutorials that focus on a single application function while taking only a few minutes to complete. While several online options are available, the one with which I am most familiar is Lynda.com. I view Lynda.com tutorials on a regular basis either to refresh existing knowledge or to develop new skills.

Low Cost

Lynda.com is an inexpensive solution for MBA students. You access Lynda.com courses by subscribing at a cost of $25 per month or $250 per year for the basic plan. Each subscription provides one-person unlimited access to all courses 247. More importantly, subscriptions can be suspended and restarted as needed. For MBA students this means that through planning and smart scheduling you can get all of your training needs met with a subscription lasting one or two months.

Tutorials

Lynda.com provides more than 1000 high quality online courses that include more than 62,000 tutorials. Many of these courses can help MBA students live and work smarter. For example, there are courses to help improve skills and proficiency in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Google Docs, and OneNote. While the primary focus has been technology training, there is some indication that Lynda.com is expanding into other areas with the recent addition of courses on resume building and time management.

Lynda.com allows you to access the training content you need when you want. Content selection is easy, starting with a catalogue that lists all courses from which you can select. Clicking on a course takes you to the courses home page where you can view a course’s table of contents, description, exercise files, author information, course transcript, FAQs, and player preferences. The table of contents displays the course’s chapters and tutorials, and the amount of time required to view each. With each course you can stop, rewind, and replay when you want, as many times as you want.

Preview Lynda.com Courses

There are two ways you can explore the Lynda.com course offerings. One is to visit Lynda.com, select a course, and view any one of three or four enabled tutorials (darker blue titles) as if you are a subscriber. For example, there are six enabled tutorials for the Google Docs Essential Training course. Alternatively, you can click here to receive a 7-day free trial. In this case, you have access to all courses and all tutorials for the seven-day period.

Basic technology skills can help matriculating MBA students live and work smarter while they are earning their MBA degree. Today, there are many options available for developing the necessary technology skills. Lynda.com is one of several.

Do you have an online just-in-time training solution you would recommend? If so, please share it by adding a comment.

Full Disclosure: I am not a Lynda.com instructor, employee, or shareholder. However, I do participate in the Lynda.com affiliate program. I am not receiving any form of compensation from Lynda.com for writing this article. My only reason for writing about Lynda.com is to show how its use can help MBA students live and work smarter while earning their MBA degree.

Rodney

Rodney G. Alsup, D.B.A., CPA, CITP
Founder of MyeEMBA.com

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3 comments for “On Demand Technology Training for MBA Students and Others

  1. Dennis Brown
    May 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Outstanding! I wish these products and tools were available when I was getting my MBA!! Keep up the great work!

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