The Regional Campus BSBA Distance Learning Program is an exciting way for you to further your education in the Fisher College of Business. It allows you to complete a BSBA degree using a flexible approach of distance learning, which brings Fisher’s college expertise and experience to you.
Registering for Distance Learning Classes
Please contact your regional campus BSBA representative to learn more about registering for courses in the regional campus BSBA program.
The Format of General Business DL Classes
Classes in the Regional Campus BSBA Program use what is called a hybrid approach. This unique approach combines face-to-face classroom time with online learning. Face-to-face sessions are led by OSU faculty via videoconferencing sessions delivered to specially equipped classrooms at your regional campus. These same instructors also present additional course content with online pre-recorded video lessons on Carmen (the university’s course management system). The pre-recorded video presentations employ a modular approach – using a series of short video segments targeting specific segments of content.
Please note that we are in the process of migrating these pre-recorded videos from one recording format to a new format. While we are in this process of this migration, you will find some videos in the new format and some in the old. You will also notice that we are ceasing the production of audio only video presentations. Please also note that we will still be providing MP3 format audio files.
Preparing for Distance Learning
It is important to know that the standards for a distance learning student are the same as for a traditional student. Faculty work diligently to translate Fisher courses to the distance learning format so that quality and standards of these courses are same as for students in a traditional class on the Columbus campus. The amount of time you need to invest in these courses will be similar to a traditional course, but with more of the time set at a schedule your choosing.
The hybrid format of these distance learning courses offers you greater flexibility in when and where you access the lectures and other course materials. However, with this greater flexibility comes greater responsibility on the part of the distance learner.
Success in the program depends on YOU! You need to be a proactive learner – disciplined, engaged, exploring and asking questions in the program.
Being a successful distance learner is not too much different than being a face-to-face student, but it does require some different approaches and tactics. Because distance learners don’t spend as much time in the classroom as traditional students, they must have more self-discipline and be self-motivated. Students in distance learning classes have to manage their time carefully and set aside deliberate times to complete coursework.
Your Role as an Active Learner
In a traditional face-to-face class, you may be able to take a more passive role in learning, but in a distance learning course you will need to be more proactive. Since your contact time with your instructor will primarily be via videoconferencing, your active participation in course discussions is even more important towards getting full value from these opportunities.
As a participant, you’re a part of a larger learning community. Playing your part means participating and engaging. In other words, you are not an island. Your fellow student’s experience will be greatly enhanced by your active participation in the class as you will certainly learn from your classmates’ interactions and experience.
Also, getting clarification is important. You are encouraged to use your videoconference sessions, your online course communication tools, or email to get answers to your questions. If you don’t understand a concept or assignment, ask for clarification during class sessions, through email or on Carmen postings.
The Regional Campus BSBA Distance Learning Program uses a course management system called Carmen to deliver course content, assignments and grades. To access Carmen, go to:
To log on to Carmen, use your name.# and your password. If you do not know your password, contact OIT at: (614)688-4357 (688-HELP)
Communicating with Your Instructor
Students can use a variety of methods to communicate with their instructor. . Email is one way and another is to post questions on Carmen’s online discussion boards. Faculty also hold regular office hours and you can call them during these times or arrange a time to talk. Your instructor will let you know the best way to contact them.
In videoconference class sessions, your instructor will set the tone for your class. Some faculty like to be more formal while others are more casual. Please remember, just like you, not all faculty are the same.
In your videoconference sessions, it is sometimes difficult to identify or recognize individual students. To better facilitate communication, we plan to use assigned seating during live course sessions. This will assist your instructor in identifying students, thus creating a more transparent approach to interaction.
If you experience any technical difficulties with your Carmen course, these should be reported to the Carmen support team using either email (email@example.com) or by leaving a post in the discussion board labeled “Tech Support.”
Communicating with other Students
In some General Business courses, you will be asked to work in teams. Communicating with your fellow students is essential. You can take advantage of time after your in-class sessions, or use email or contact them through Carmen.
During videoconference sessions and all course communication, courtesy and respect of your classmates and your instructor are foundational to a positive educational experience. Please refrain from talking or doing anything that distracts your fellow students in the videoconference sessions and maintain that same respect and courtesy in online communication, too.
Students in the program are expected to adhere to all current academic integrity policies. Academic integrity is essential to maintaining a positive learning experience and outcomes.
Faculty are required by University Rules to report all suspected cases of academic misconduct. The university has a committee on Academic Misconduct that reviews all cases and penalties range from the failing an assignment to dropping of a letter grade to failing the course.
Because a good portion of the program is delivered online, students should have a moderate degree of computer savvy. Knowing how to troubleshoot some common problems can be a great asset in a distance learning course.
Students should have high speed access to the internet, but if their schedule permits, they can use the campus computer labs at their regional campus.
Students wanting access to their online course materials from home should have a computer that is not too out of date (not older than three years – see technical specifications addendum). Materials in the program have been created to work with most computers, but there may be instances where you will have to access video segments or other materials in a campus computer lab if you are unable to access it with your home computer.
While most of the materials in the class will work as well on a Mac as it will work on a PC, there may some instances in which a PC is mandatory to in order to access some course materials.
Having access to the most recent version of Microsoft’s Office products is also suggested. To facilitate that, the university has a license agreement with Microsoft which offers Office and Windows products to students at substantially reduced prices. (See: http://oit.osu.edu/site_license/mslicense)
Your instructor or regional coordinator will communicate with you as to what textbook and other course materials are required for the course. Some of the courses will require the latest edition of the course textbook while other courses may use a past edition. In some cases, you will have to purchase your books through your campus book store, but in some courses you may have the discretion to purchase your book from an online source.
Pay close attention to information disseminated prior to the start of your course to check which method you will be able to use.
Testing and Assessment
Most tests will be delivered via Carmen during your weekly sessions on your campus. These could be multiple choice tests, short answer quizzes, or long form essay assignments. In addition some longer form written assignments will be handled through Carmen.
TECHNICAL NOTE: When you submit material for grading to a Carmen Dropbox, back up your submission. Save your submission on a flashdrive or, if your instructor permits, email the response to both the instructor and yourself. It is advisable that you include at least your last name in the file name of your submission to help easily identify it.
If for some reason, you cannot take a test (exam, quiz or other assessment) and know in advance, please contact your instructor as soon as possible. If you need to arrange for make-up quiz, initial contact should be made with the instructor of the course to start this process. You will also need to coordinate an agreed upon time with your local coordinator to arrange for a proctored space.