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iDesign and the University of Pittsburgh Join Forces

Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and instructional design firm to build MBA programs that incorporate the latest in blended learning pedagogy and technology

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iDesign today announced a new partnership with the University of Pittsburgh that is designed to provide blended learning options for students in the school’s Professional MBA and Executive MBA in Healthcare programs. Through this partnership, Katz will develop blended graduate offerings that are custom-designed at the course level for individual faculty members. These courses will leverage the best of face-to-face instruction as well as the pedagogical opportunities afforded by instructional technology to create learner experiences that engage, challenge, and meet the needs of today’s working professional.

“iDesign’s commitment to learning design gave us the confidence that the courses developed in a blended format would enhance the student experience and in no way compromise the rigor and quality of Katz MBA programs,” said Rabikar Chatterjee, Associate Dean of the Katz School of Business. “Their unbundled approach gave us the flexibility to choose only the services we needed, while their faculty-centric course design approach promised the level of support to our faculty through the development process to ensure the best possible quality of the finished product.”

With MBA and executive MBA programs ranked in the Top 25 and Top 10 of U.S. public institutions respectively, the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business emphasizes experience-based learning, personalized professional development, and a global perspective. These concepts can be difficult to convey online without the right tools and technology. Through their partnership with iDesign, university leaders hope to extend their unique pedagogical model to better engage students through online and blended offerings.

“Our collaboration with the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business is rooted in a deep commitment, on both sides, to effectively leveraging emerging pedagogies and technologies to create exceptional learner experiences,” said Paxton Riter, chief executive officer of iDesign. “Our instructional design and consultative services give administrators and faculty confidence that they are putting forward the best in digital education.”

About the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

At the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, we believe two things to be universally true: Business never stops reinventing itself, and neither should you. As a global, AACSB-accredited institution, we offer MBA, Executive MBA, PhD, and specialized master’s programs in accounting, finance, marketing, MIS, and supply chain management that are continually ranked among the world’s best by independent publications. Led by our world-renowned faculty, our curriculum incorporates groundbreaking research, the entrepreneurial spirit, and an emphasis on experience-based learning. As part of the University of Pittsburgh, our students and faculty enjoy an abundance of opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Are you ready? You can be.® For more information, please visit:

About iDesign:

iDesign partners with colleges and universities to build, grow and support online and blended programs. We are passionate about helping faculty harness the potential of emerging technologies to design courses and degrees that make an impact, whether they are fully online, flipped, blended, adaptive, or competency-based. Our unbundled, fee-for-service model is rooted in a commitment to flexibility and institutional autonomy, while our analytics platform supports continuous improvement through rigorous measurement of student engagement and course quality. From statewide university systems to private colleges, our custom solutions pair instructional design with technologies to enable great teaching. To learn more, please visit