The E-Merging Report
from the Office of Information Technology Services
Fisher College of Business

Interactive learning – it’s just a click away

Instructors interested in engaging students are using Student Response Systems or clickers in the classroom to help them gauge comprehension of concepts, poll students’ opinions, and allow for instant feedback.

Response Clickers
Clickers are an interactive technology that allows instructors to easily ask questions, receive student answers and display survey results electronically.

The Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) has piloted the use of clicker technology in a variety of formats in both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Bonnie Schroeder, senior lecturer in the Department of Management Sciences, uses the clickers in her Business Statistics course in conjunction with PowerPoint slides. She surveyed her class at the end of fall quarter and one of her students shared that, “It was helpful because it helped me realize what I knew and didn’t know and what I needed to review further.”

Bonnie is currently using the clickers in a 65-student classroom but hopes to use them in the large lecture hall in 105 Schoenbaum Hall to improve interaction with her students and engage them with the content in a new way.

David Schilling, professor of Management Sciences, had his MBA students use the Web-based version of the student response system, called Responseware. In this case rather than using physical clickers, students used their laptops to record responses to his questions.

Regardless of the method, both instructors are able to immediately see their students’ aggregated responses in a chart and know what percentage correctly grasped course material. The results can be linked to individual students, or they can be submitted anonymously depending on how each instructor wants to collect results.

Additional classes using this technology are scheduled for spring quarter to provide further feedback on how these tools can be used to improve student engagement. Instructors can review the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative article “7 things you should know about Clickers” or contact the ITS Helpdesk for more information.

Several workshops are scheduled to help instructors use the new technology, including a full-day session on Wednesday, May 19 as part of the INNOVATE! eLearning conference.

Mobile instructional computer lab
available for classroom usage

Students using laptops

To expand our ability to meet instructional computer lab space needs beyond what is available in 321 and 345 Mason Hall, we have created a mobile lab comprised of 48 laptops that will be stored and maintained using state-of-the-art mobile technology carts.

The mobile instructional computer lab can be wheeled into any Fisher classroom that has network capabilities. This will create a flexible learning environment that can transform any tiered classroom into an instructional computer lab if 321 and 345 Mason Hall cannot accommodate your needs.

To learn more about the mobile lab or to schedule its use, please contact the Fisher ITS Helpdesk at 292-8976 or Please be sure to make arrangements several business days in advance to ensure the mobile lab is available and equipped with any specific software programs needed.

The move to student-centered learning

For centuries, most education focused on the instructor-led course paradigm, which features the instructor as the imparter of knowledge. However, as more students embrace technology and online learning, the concept of building student-generated content assignments into the learning process is being adopted more broadly, which allows instructors to also become facilitators of knowledge.

Student-generated content is a strategy by which students produce their own learning materials as a way to explore and master content.

Student-generated content can include a journal article, blog post, video documentary, or a team-produced online Wiki that extensively covers the content of the course.

Studies have proven that when students are asked to create content that covers the material they are charged with mastering, they are more fully engaged in the content and make lasting connections to the material and concepts.

To learn more, navigate to the Sloan Center article explaining student-generated content.

Jason Mock, an instructional designer at the University of Illinois, presented on student-generated content to the Exploring Learning Technologies group here at Ohio State last November. In his presentation, Jason discussed the lasting value of student-generated content and the best models for supporting it. For more information, Jason's presentation can be viewed online.

If you would like to explore integrating student-generated content or other instructional design components into your online or face-to-face class, please contact the ITS Helpdesk.

Move to Windows 7 starting soon

Windows 7 logoITS is currently evaluating Windows 7 compatibility with Fisher’s hardware and software for eventual college-wide deployment.

In the coming weeks, ITS will be communicating its deployment timeline and schedule for Windows 7 training sessions to faculty, staff, and PhD students.

Windows 7 delivers many improvements, such as faster performance, improved search features, and better battery management. Unlike its predecessor, Vista, Microsoft's latest operating system has been better received by consumers and the higher education community. Visit Microsoft’s Web site to learn more about the new Windows 7 features.

If you have any questions about the move to Windows 7, please contact the ITS Helpdesk.

Spring 2010

In This Issue

Interactive learning – it’s just a click away

Mobile instructional computer lab available for classroom usage

The move to student-centered learning

Move to Windows 7 starting soon

Cloud Computing Guidelines

Ohio State's Office of the CIO recently created Cloud Computing Guidelines for faculty and staff to summarize the risks of using "free" cloud services.

These guidelines highlight relevant information from 11 Ohio State policy resources.

Regardless of which services are contracted for by the university, rapid innovation in the cloud means that the use of attractive, unlicensed tools will always be a concern. The guidelines are created to help members of the Ohio State community make smart choices.

The full guidelines are available through the Office of the CIO's Web site.

Safe Computing

Neither The Ohio State University, nor Fisher College of Business will ever ask for your password by e-mail.

If you receive such a message, it is not from Ohio State. Never reply to any e-mail asking for your password or other personal details, such as your Social Security number or date of birth.

Report Ohio State related phishing attempts by forwarding the message to

UniPrint offers work from home software packages

UniPrint is offering Microsoft products for faculty and staff to purchase for work at home use.

Microsoft Office 2007 can be purchased for $8.99. Windows 7 is not available at this time.

Purchasers must sign a Microsoft Campus Agreement Employee Acknowledgement Form and pay for the software through a 100W.

Contact ITS



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