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Digital DWU: Wesleyan to offer online degrees

Digital DWU, an entirely online educational experience, will become a reality at Dakota Wesleyan University this fall.

The university will offer an online master of business administration beginning in August, and will continue the online bachelor of science degree for registered nurses currently holding an associate's degree.

Derek Driedger, associate professor of English, has been named associate dean of digital learning. He has been leading the implementation process since early April. "We have offered online courses for many years," Driedger said, "but this is the first time we will offer degrees entirely online, allowing anyone in any location to earn a degree from Dakota Wesleyan University."

The MBA in strategic leadership will be unique in that it will focus on practical application rather than theory. It is designed for those working, or interested in working, in non-publicly traded businesses rather than Fortune 500 companies. Learners will be encouraged to collaborate on real-world problem-solving in order to translate the experience from the classroom into everyday life.

For those who have already earned a baccalaureate degree, the MBA program is open to all academic disciplines and professional backgrounds.

A key component of Digital DWU is community. The virtual campus and learning management system will allow students to form relationships and interact with one another, as well as faculty members, any time of day or night. MBA students will have the option of taking one course or two every eight weeks with sessions beginning in August or January.

The RN-B.S. nursing program builds upon previous knowledge and provides an opportunity for working nurses to focus on enhancing their leadership and management skills. The nursing program was built to complement the nurse's work experience with new skills that will contribute to professional and personal growth, Driedger said.