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Ohio State partners with Apple to launch digital learning initiative

By David Schwartz
Published: October 10th, 2017

In a collaboration with Apple that includes iPads loaded with education tools, The Ohio State University is embarking on a university-wide digital learning initiative that will support educational innovation for students while offering new economic development opportunities for the community, university leaders say.

Called the Digital Flagship University, the partnership with Apple will establish:

  • a student-success initiative to integrate learning technology throughout the university experience;
  • an iOS design laboratory on the Columbus campus serving faculty, staff, students and members of the broader community;
  • university-wide opportunities for students to learn coding skills and enhance their career readiness in an increasingly digital world.

“We are establishing our Digital Flagship University initiative by combining the resources and talents of an international technology leader and one of the most comprehensive public universities in the world,” said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. “Our students and community will have outstanding opportunities to develop modern mobile skills to enhance learning and excel in the competitive workplace.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “At Apple, we believe technology has the power to transform the classroom and empower students to learn in new and exciting ways.

“This unique program will give students access to the incredible learning tools on iPad, as well as Apple’s new coding curriculum that teaches critical skills for jobs in some of the country’s fastest-growing sectors,” said Cook. “I’m thrilled the broader central Ohio community will also have access to coding opportunities through Ohio State’s new iOS Design Lab.”

As part of the initiative, starting in autumn 2018 university freshmen will receive an iPad Pro with tools including Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard as well as apps to support learning and life at Ohio State. This will be funded through the university’s administrative efficiency program.

The iOS design lab will offer technological training and certification to students, faculty, staff and members of the broader community interested in developing apps in Swift, the Apple programming language used to write many successful apps.

 “Our bold aspiration is to create the world’s largest and most effective integrated environment for teaching, learning and discovery,” said Bruce A. McPheron, executive vice president and provost. “By providing students access to the same technology from day one, we will open up a new world of instructional possibilities for faculty.”

Many faculty already use iPads as instructional tools, and the school expects many more to adopt the technology once more students have their university-issued tablets.

Source: OSU News

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