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Designing Online MBA Programs to Promote Transformative Learning and Knowledge Creation Through Project-Based Learning Using the Job Characteristics Model

Designing Online MBA Programs to Promote Transformative Learning and Knowledge Creation Through Project-Based Learning Using the Job Characteristics Model
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Author(s): Sharon. E. Norris (Spring Arbor University, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 27
Source title: Business Education and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3153-1.ch016

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Abstract

Institutions of higher education are experiencing radical shifts as a result of advances in technology and communication along with increasing demands for online learning. The online learning environment creates a new learning space for students and instructors where new pedagogy and technology tools can be used to facilitate critical thinking and application of learning. Presented in this chapter is a design for online MBA programs to promote transformative learning and knowledge creation through project-based learning using the job characteristics model. Project-based learning activities enhance skill variety, task identity, task significance, autonomy, and feedback thereby strengthening meaningfulness of learning activities and enhancing student motivation, satisfaction, and performance. While engaged in project-based learning activities, online MBA students have the freedom to proactively self-initiate changes in task, relationship, and cognitive boundaries thus nurturing an environment for job crafting. Online MBA Programs are most effective when business students apply learning to real work experiences.

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