Gigabit ethernet backbone. Architected storage area
network. Fiber channel multicasting. These complicated names form
the invisible backbone of the new Fisher campus. Beyond the beauty
of the classrooms and buildings, the colleges state-of-the-art
technology infrastructure enables faculty and students to extend
their research, teaching and learning to the entire world.
Nearly 4,000 live network connections were designed
into classrooms, breakout rooms, the business library and student
lounge areas. Smart podiums control each classrooms
lighting, sound and dedicated computer and multimedia equipment.
Berry Auditorium even features wireless multi-language translation.
Computer labs in Gerlach and Mason halls allow
students to view full screen video on demandof case
studies and assigned movies. Course web sites feature online assignments,
quizzes and interactive threaded discussions that explore critical
business issues. Some professors even offer virtual
These technologies enlarge and enhance the
classroom experience, explains David
Greenberger, chair of the Department
of Management and Human Resources and director of Computing
and Communications Services.
Satellite connections and three video-conferencing
facilities are already in use in Fisher, Gerlach and Pfahl halls
sometimes simultaneously. For example, the colleges Management
Certificate Program joins executives at locations throughout Ohio
for live, face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers. A customized
Executive Education offering delivers supply chain management
programs to Andersen Consulting executives in Los Angeles and
Asynchronous broadband streaming may
not be in the daily vocabulary of Fisher faculty and students.
But every day the colleges technology infrastructure allows
them to learn about and solve the business challenges of the new
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