Cranfield Live Online powers future Executive Development Image: Cranfield University

Largest online collection of Cranfield Executive Development programmes

Online Executive Development programmes are flourishing as businesses find the positives from online learning and staff development.

Also, home-working has brought more flexibility in the level of delegates that can attend from across the business. Working remotely can also mean cost savings as there is no need to pay for travel and accommodation.

Since the early stages of COVID-19, Cranfield School of Management has run online seminars and lectures with the School’s Knowledge Hub blog. These have provided information and advice for businesses struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic.

This has led to the launch of Cranfield Live Online, the largest online collection of Cranfield Executive Development programmes to date.

Cranfield Live Online covers the full suite of the business school’s expertise. Including marketing and sales, project management and performance, finance, leadership and strategy and business growth.

Mark Threlfall, director of Cranfield Executive Development, said:

“The role of professional development has never been more critical than during these unprecedented times. Everyone has had to learn to adapt and for professionals that is essential in ensuring their businesses survive and even thrive.

“At Cranfield School of Management, I’m really proud of how quickly we reached out to our learners and clients with advice and support through the Knowledge Hub and the Business Growth Response Programme.

“The launch of Cranfield Live Online is taking that support to the next level with our most comprehensive offering of online learning to date.”

One client who has benefited from Cranfield’s online delivery is Muayed Almadani, business development manager, from Higher Institute for Water and Power Technologies (HIWPT). Describing his experience of one of the programmes, he said:

“When I saw the email about the programme being delivered online, I was very sceptical, and it was evident for me that, at best, we would only be able to cover the theoretical components of the content.

“However, on the very first day it was clear that this is completely different to what I thought an online programme looked like.

“Cranfield broke all the conventional wisdom associated with virtual programmes including the delivery, the content, the structure and the design.

“The programme included several interactive exercises, and the facilitators leading the sessions kept the energy levels high. Random breakout rooms were very effective, and we had great fun as we continued to learn in a collaborative environment.

“For me the virtual platform presented more flexibility as I had the comfort of my home while I undertook one of the best programmes with a top-ranked University.”

Graham Bell, director of Digital Education at Cranfield School of Management, added:

“We have worked hard as a team to develop a digital learning experience that encapsulates some of the things that people say they value from face-to-face learning.

“For example, we actively leave the chat rooms open during breaks to encourage those valuable interactions around the virtual coffee machine.”

More details of the remote executive development programmes can be found at Cranfield Live Online.