Groupon University

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by Kizmet, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. pueblopicasso

    pueblopicasso New Member

    I'm hoping to offer insider experience every now and then. On your questions...

    Foreign equivalency I believe it is still far ahead to reach that point. I think a lot more improvements can be made on the platform. If they approached me I can do a decent job on that Moodle to include SCORM and xAPI elements in there like interactive whiteboard ps and built in webinars, or migrate to a more customisable open source platform. I'm also used to using proprietary platforms like Blackboard Learn which will absolutely draw in more learners provided they have a decent faculty.

    Regional accreditation I really can't tell and to be honest from my position I don't really see it as my priority (I have a list of postgrad qualifications already hence why) but I can see why this would be important for most others. Also, I have never understood this NA or RA business that you have in the States. I find most of your programmes really costly for me, so much so that whenever I use a distance learning search database, the filter where it says 'location' I always untick the States because in comparison to even the UK, the States is costly including WGU. Never mind comparing it with UNISA or Amity or the new universities in Malaysia. Some time in the future I would go for a States university just because I haven't done one yet, not because I need one. I did an SCPM with Stanford and contemplated on eCornell, but I just find them costlier now. I did my LLM for around US$6000 and its from a top 100 university in law and is internationally recognised. What the States has is a wide option of courses I'd give you all that. I fancy the Harvard Executive School course which my friend did but he spent quite a lot on that. To be Highest accreditation, wearing my pessimistic hat, I doubt it in the near future. But it will be thereabouts where most universities are around the 300-400 400-500 500+ world ranking I guess. Their odds will be better if they invest in the faculty and the platform. I give them one solid up vote, their customer service is quite good. Hopefully the instructor service is on par as well.

    Which program am I taking I will leave this out for now, in case any representative gets news of it and this exact program suddenly gets preferential treatment. You know, like a restaurant knowing that a food critic is heading their way.

    But I've gone through the members list, and I assume the Spanish version has more members, the English version has more than 4000 students. My concern is around a quarter of them have never even logged in. I assume they were given free passes to tour the platform because there is an offer of that. Login as guest or something. There are two big country groups in the platform I will not share them here, but I assume the promotion was big in these two consumer groups.

    I'm in this course only because I am extremely curious about it. In the past around 10 years back I was quite naive about dodgy institutions. Rise and Must come to mind. But for the past ten years I've done my fair share of wonderful online learning experiences and got myself into the online teaching industry as well.

    So for this course, the truth will be in the pudding.
  2. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    As you stated, if you already have good names of Universities in your CV but want something legit that will not undermine your previous work, UNEB is a decent option for learning at low cost. You are still required to do the work and still required to spend about the same amount of time that you would spend with any of the online RA options but the difference is cost.
    The main difference is that in Spain, "propio" degrees do not have to be taught by PhD or MAsters faculty so this reduces the cost. In the US, if every faculty member that teaches a class needs to hold a PhD, this creates a cost issue. Also, these "propio" degrees are designed for professionals and most of them do not touch the more academic or theoretical parts that others programs do so this means that most of the courses are created by professionals that might or might not have a PhD degree.
    UNEB and similar schools also profit from low cost labor available in Latin America. I completed an online propio degree and all my teachers were from Venezuela, as this country is facing economic challenges, the school profited from quality labor at low cost.

    In general, UNEB and similar schools show that you can provide quality education for professional development at a very low cost.
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