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How We Deliver Courses Online

All of our online courses are delivered using the university's Learning Management System, called Carmen. It is available 24/7 and accessible anywhere that there is internet service. It's completely tablet and mobile friendly, and web based so there is no need to download software. 

Within each course in Carmen is where students access recorded course lecture videos, course materials, use discussion boards, upload assignments and much more. Information on how to use Carmen is made available upon enrollment in the program so students have plenty of time to become familiar with this system.

Online Orientation

Our orientation eases students into the world of online learning, tells them what to expect, gives an overview of some of the tools and technologies used, as well as connect with fellow students. We provide all the information and training necessary for a successful start. The orientation materials and all other information are available online through Carmen after students are admitted and have been set up with an account to access OSU services.

Course Offering Dates

Each online course offering operates with a specific start date and end date. Students must complete each course during the specific time frame. Access to the online course and materials is removed when the course ends.  

Student and Technical Support

Students are supported by staff in the Professional & Distance Education Programs Office who understand the complexities of balancing work and life while learning online. The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at Ohio State, provides a 24/7 IT service support help desk to assist students with Carmen, email, and password assistance.   

Hardware and Software Requirements

Hardware & Software Requirements PC Recommended PC Minimum MAC Recommended
Operating System Windows 7,8, or 10 Windows 7 OS X 10.11
Processor Multi-core Intel "i" serried Interl/AMD 1.5 Ghz Multi-core Intel "i" serried
Memory 4 GB (32 bit) or 8 GB (64bit) 2 GB 2 GB (2048 MB)
Available Storage At least 75 GB 50 GB 75 GB
Screen Resolution 1920x1080 or better 1366x768 min 1366x768 min
Connection Speed 3 Mbps or faster 1-3 Mbps 3 Mbps or faster

Webcam for video conferencing and possibly proctored exams.

All students need to have working knowledge of computers and they must follow OSU policies and guidelines and Netiquette. 


More information is available at the following websites:

OSU policies and guidelines 


benefits of online learning

  • Convenience - study and view lectures around your schedule
  • Review portions of lectures more than once - if you want
  • Save money by not having to commute to a campus
  • Direct access to faculty
  • Network with classmates from around the globe