In 2016, the eLearning Academy “fell into its founders’ laps”. Prof. (FH) Dr. Silvia Ettl-Huber and Prof. (FH) Dr. Michael Roither are actually two busy professors at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland. Both had previously worked at the Danube University in Krems, Austria, and both were still sceptical when it came to distance learning at the time.
The two happened upon a blended learning study that looked at programmes that are based on mailing study materials to students and the two made an interesting observation. On average, students who worked with a higher proportion of distance learning were got slightly better grades than the students in face-to-face programmes at their final exams. This made them think. It suddenly seemed logical that a consistently growing, updated and multimedia-based study content would ensure consistent teaching quality. Above all, distance studies offer a comprehensive line of subjects.
Where there is a thought, a way is soon found. The Austrian Institute of Management at the FH Burgenland let the founders pursue their idea to the end and so they built a course of study based entirely on distance learning. Enriched with the secret ingredients, the founders bring along from decades of experience in part-time education and training.
Finally, stress-free studies combined with individual support
The fear of classic exam situations, an aversion to group work, in which the coordination of tasks uses up more energy that doing the tasks themselves, the memory of impossible schedules due to mandatory face-to-face studies and a lack of practical relevance – these are just some of the things that students don’t want to face.
Studying with the eLearning Academy means: a pleasant way to deliver with personal feedback, independent of time and place, a resource-conserving study programme without travel times and travel costs, courses with module managers that have close ties to the working world, solid basic knowledge with the advantage of consistent quality, combined with up-to-date cases and the transformation of knowledge into competence.
We sometimes call it the eLearning Academy method and we are constantly improving it to serve our favorite disciplines: communication, marketing, sales and management.