Fisher College of Business: Leader in Online Learning

Launched in 2003, Fisher College of Business’ BSBA Regional Distance Learning program offers a distance business degree for students on the Lima, Marion, Mansfield and Newark campuses. Its primary strength is that it allows students to remain in their community while obtaining a degree from Fisher College of Business – just as if they were on the Columbus campus. In addition, students who wanted to pursue a Business Minor can also accomplish this while remaining on a regional campus. The Business Management degree offers a seamless transfer to Columbus campus if a student wants to pursue a Business Specialization.

The Business Management degree is delivered in a blended classroom format using pre-recorded online lectures and live weekly sessions via video conference.  The live sessions allow the instructor to deliver class lectures to the regional sites just as if the students were on main campus.

video conference example -instructor perspective

The asynchronous delivery of materials allows the students to access their online lectures and course materials at their convenience using the university’s learning management system, Carmen.   Students can access content in a various forms – streaming video, mp3, PowerPoint slides and in some classes, transcripts.



The Distance Delivered Business Management program on the regional campuses has enabled thousands of students to get a Business Management degree or a minor in Business Management and achieve their goals.

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Flipped Though Design

The Fisher Educational Technology Team is constantly staying on top of the latest research and trends in education. The “Flipped Classroom” model of instruction has generated discussion around the world of education. Numerous articles have been written documenting experiences surrounding this method of teaching. The one piece that has been missing from this discussion is a sound framework to design a “Flipped” course using proven design principals. Instructional Design provides a proven framework to design all types of instruction and these principals can be used to design a “Flipped” course.


Recognizing a need, the Fisher Educational Technology Team designed a framework to “flip” a course through Instructional Design. The end result was an iTunes U course, an iBook, and an ePub. The iTunes U course outlines the “Flipped Classroom” model of instruction and Instructional Design framework. Using this background, the course presents activities to design a “Flipped” course based upon proven design principals.

Within the content of the iTunes U course are the iBook and ePub. The iBook (For use on iOS devices) and the ePub (For use on any e-reader device) contain all of the content knowledge of the framework to “flip” a course through Instructional Design without all of the objectives and activities contained in the course.

If you would like to explore these resources, please view and subscribe to the Flipped Through Design course on iTunes.

Flipped Through Design iTunes U Couse Direct Link

If you have any questions about the “Flipped Classroom” or in general, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk.

Mobile Technology at Fisher

Mobile technology is a growing trend in education as well as in the corporate sector. Fisher is staying up to date with this technology movement by exploring Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions for classroom response and through tablet computing initiatives. The Masters of Business in Operational Excellence (MBOE) program has been one of the trend setters at Fisher in this area through their iPad deployment. Previously students received eight large binders of printed materials throughout the program. Now, this paper content has been converted to a digital format and the eight large binders have been replaced by an iPad.

This deployment has proven to be successful in the eyes of the students as well as the faculty. If you would like to learn more about the MBOE iPad deployment, please visit the Fisher iPads in Education site. Also on this site you will find resources about how the iPad and mobile technology are being rolled out and utilized across Ohio State. A new campus wide group entitled iPads in the Classroom has been formed to discuss and bring together ideas surrounding this growing trend. The first meeting of this group with be held in conjunction with the preexisting campus group Exploring Learning Technologies on September 20th from 10:00AM – 11:30 AM in PAES 143. All are welcome at this meeting and no registration is required.

If you would like to explore further how mobile technologies and the iPad can be used in your situation, the EdTech Group at Fisher can help. Please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk to begin exploring the possibilities.