Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Online Ed or Not Online Ed, That is the Question

Dr. Goodman is an Associate Professor of Management and a consultant in the field of statistical process control, strategic planning, and business plan development.

He received his Ph.D. in July, 1996, from Maharishi University of Management. His dissertation topic concerns job satisfaction and a new construct called flow, which involves high involvement and high enjoyment in the work place at the same time.

Dr. Goodman has taught Operations Management, Total Quality Management, Statistical Process Control, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, and Marketing Management.
 
There has recently been a huge increase in online education, a 17% uptick in online enrollment in 2010 over the previous year (Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan 26, 2010) and this rate is accelerating. In a 2012 study published in 2013 by Babson Survey Research Group 6.7 million students were learning online in the US. This is a disruptive force in education and every institution needs a plan to address this growing market with different needs. Maharishi University of Management provides distance education available in Computer Science, MBA courses and in Vedic Science. We also offer distance learning in South Africa both at a telecom company, Neotel and at the downtown Johannesburg Maharishi Institute. But what are the choices for the prospective student? Online Ed or not online Ed; that is the question.

There are advantages and disadvantages to distance learning. Let’s discuss both. The online learner does not have to pay room and board and can often learn at his or her own pace, within some constraints. In uncertain times this can be a huge selling point for the online experience. Then again the online environment does not have the immediacy of a classroom and the networking opportunities are superior when you can spend quality face time with peers and teachers. There is the experience of blended learning, which is a hybrid of both online and in-classroom education.

At Maharishi University of Management we introduce another consideration, that of collective practice of Transcendental Meditation and the advanced TM-Sidhi program and its influence on the environment. (All students at Maharishi University of Management practice Transcendental Meditation and many also practice the TM-Sidhi program). Over 40 peer reviewed studies have looked into this collective effect in terms of reducing crime and improving quality of life. It requires people in close proximity to generate a group influence that produces harmony in the environment. This collective effect of group coherence has been verified in social indicators but also in the ancient record of the Veda, the oldest authority on consciousness. There is an expression in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali which in Sanskrit states: “Tat sannidhau vaira tyagah” (Yoga Sutra 2.35). This expression translates as “In the vicinity of yoga (which is when the mind is brought to inner collectedness, where the individual experiences unbounded awareness), transcendental consciousness, or in the vicinity of coherence, hostile tendencies are eliminated.

At Maharishi University of Management our group TM and TM-Sidhi group programs enable any student to get a great education and also contribute to world peace through the dynamics of generating a peaceful influence in the environment, while growing in the qualities of enlightenment, Self-Actualization, true fulfillment.

So, it you were to ask me I would strongly suggest attending Maharishi University of Management at our Fairfield Iowa campus, but if you cannot, then participate in our online programs, and come to Fairfield when you can.

 

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