E-Learn Magazine reported on the success of Centrum’s ascent into the digital space. A MOOC offered through Moodlerooms, the Moodle-based LMS, is the site of a comprehensive, top-ranked online executive program from the Pontificial Catholic University of Peru.
Having acquired Nivel Siete, an official Moodle Partner, Moodlerooms has officially expanded into the Latin American education market. Besides the talent and infrastructure of Nivel Siete, Moodlerooms also brought a great new opportunity: online graduate education. More specifically, Latin American MBAs.
Centrum, who partners with Moodlerooms, offers a series of free and open-enrollment MOOCs through their CentrumX portal. Enrollment includes an opportunity for an official degree certification. Met with rousing success, the program had a strong user-base of 6,500 active students in its first year and received a top ranking in the Latin America category of the Financial Times Online MBA ranking.
Online MBAs attract active professionals, as it makes the degree much more accessible and approachable. A key element, FT suggests, is the way it allows students to get a degree without needing to pause your career for a couple of years, something completely out of reach for many professionals. The most recognized names in executive education have relentlessly striven to prove that online delivery is not a limitation for quality, and that it could even be a better way.
As the Latin American markets mature and integrate with global trade and business communities, industries throughout the world have become more interested in understanding the move. At the same time, increasingly competitive labor markets push for higher education requirements. Some have found that online MBAs, often with a local in-person element, are a way to ease into ongoing or lifelong education. A good digital platform regularly counts among the reasons why a program, even face-to-face, is well-favored by students and evaluators.
Centrum continues to offer a broad range of online education opportunities, offering academic degrees, continuing education classes, and tailor-made training programs. Completion of CentrumX MOOCs can, over time, amount to an MBA degree, pending complementary requisites. In 2015 (the last time it was available), Centrum was the only Latin American offering featured in the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings.