Online Innovation at Darden

  • The World’s Best Education Experience
    When You Need It, Where You Need It

    Darden Online InnovationAt Darden, innovation online and throughout our learning environment makes the world’s best business education experience (The Economist, 2011-2015) accessible to students and working professionals around the world. Darden has a robust and growing array of online offerings including our blended Business Institute program; the online aspects of our MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives programs; our Executive Education courses; custom programs for organizations like Anheuser-Busch InBev, NASA and SAP; our massive open online courses (MOOCs); and our on-demand webinars.

    “The types of skills that we nurture and select for among our faculty translate well to the online environment,” says Darden Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer Mike Lenox. “We specialize in the case method in the Darden classroom, but those same beliefs and values and skills lend themselves to designing any kind of educational engagement.”

    Open Self-Study Courses

    Many of the most renowned professors from Darden’s top-ranked faculty have developed MOOCs, which are offered on-demand so that online learners can choose their own pace for developing new business skills and knowledge.

    Professor Ed Hess developed Darden’s first MOOC, “Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Business,” in 2012, and has been followed by the likes of Professors Lenox, Jeanne Liedtka, Ed Freeman, Yael Grushka-Cockayne and Raj Venkatesan. MOOCS span the School’s greatest areas of strength, including entrepreneurship, design thinking, business strategy, project management, marketing analytics and the role of business in society.

    Since the launch of the first course in 2013, more than 1.1 million people from 220 countries have participated in a Darden MOOC. And to help this vast global community further enhance its online business education, Darden is increasing the depth of its self-study offerings through a four-course Business Strategy Specialization from Professor Lenox and Professor Jared Harris as well as an Agile Development Specialization.

    Executive Education

    Darden Executive Education offers online learning opportunities through a suite of individual courses, specializations, custom programs and blended programs to meet its clients’ business knowledge needs when and where they want it.

    Professor Liedtka’s online Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation offers four courses, each lasting five weeks, to empower participants with a deeper, higher-touch education experience that empowers a systematic approach to innovation. Upon successful completion of the four courses, students will earn a specialization that demonstrates commitment and competence in leading design thinking and innovation efforts.

    Many businesses today require custom solutions to solve their toughest challenges. Executive Education partners with clients around the world to develop custom programs that can be delivered entirely online or through a blend of online and in-person learning. The results are custom solutions delivered quickly, flexibly, affordably and effectively.

    Executive Education’s Darden Business Institute also connects students to Darden’s world-renowned faculty through a mix of online and in-person learning. The program is split between the Washington, D.C., area and weekly online sessions for eight weeks, allowing working professionals to sample the Darden MBA and executive MBA experience.

    MBA Program

    Darden’s MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives formats incorporate regular, live online classroom sessions using cutting-edge technology to supplement in-person residencies held both on Darden Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and around the world in China, India, Brazil, Europe and Silicon Valley.

    As the residential MBA format expands its experiential learning opportunities with more global offerings like Global Business Experiences and Global Consulting Projects, online technology will also grow as a means to continue delivering the world’s best business education experience, tailored for a new model of education and 21st century business school students.