COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University has joined with Apple to create a comprehensive, university-wide digital learning partnership.
The Digital Flagship University will include iPads for students and a design laboratory on the Columbus campus for faculty, staff, students and the community.
The Ohio State program is similar to Apple’s App Development centers, the company said. It will include Apple’s coding curriculum, including a Swift coding language session that starts in the spring 2018 semester.
“At Apple, we believe technology has the power to transform the classroom and empower students to learn in new and exciting ways,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a release. “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. I’m thrilled the broader central Ohio community will also have access to coding opportunities through Ohio State’s new iOS Design Lab.”
The initiative combines the “resources and talents of an international technology leader and one of the most comprehensive public universities in the world,” Ohio State President Michael V. Drake said in a release. “Our students and community will have outstanding opportunities to develop modern mobile skills to enhance learning and excel in the competitive workplace.”
Starting in autumn 2018, new first-year students at the Columbus and regional campuses will receive an iPad Pro with tools including an Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard as well as apps to support learning. The university will fund that initiative.
The iOS design lab will open in a temporary space in 2018 and move to a permanent location in 2019. The lab will offer technological training and certification to those interested in developing apps in Swift, the Apple programming language used to write apps. The lab will support educational innovation, career development for students and economic development opportunities for the central Ohio community and the university’s other campus locations, the university said.
Ohio State will expand support for faculty interested in further integrating technology in their courses. IPads are currently used by faculty in a number of ways including:
- As field notebooks to document plant life, instruction aids and supplementary textbooks in biology courses.
- To teach formations to the marching band.
- To provide clinical instruction to medical students at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.
- As part of a comprehensive mobile education initiative at the College of Social Work. Faculty and staff published the first three iTunes U courses in social work in the nation.
Ohio State, with help from Apple, will work with the university community to develop additional apps and other tools as part of the Digital Flagship University initiative. Ohio State will own the iPad technology suite and provide it to students.