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Ohio State And Apple Are Giving All New Freshmen An iPad… And A Space To Innovate

The Ohio State University is teaming up with Apple to bring innovation to campus.

As part of The Digital Flagship University, the project is an initiative at OSU to encourage teaching, learning, and creativity.

“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.”

The collaboration with Apple will include:

  • 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 to enhance their career-readiness in the app economy

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.”

In Fall 2018, new first-year students at all OSU campuses will get an iPad Pro, including the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. The iPad will also come loaded up with plenty of apps.

The iOS design lab is more than a fancy place to get creative. It will also offer technical training, as well as certification. Interest in developing apps doesn’t have to stop with students and faculty. The iOS design lab will also be open to members of the public who have an interest in app development.

The initiative will launch during the 2017-18 academic year. The iOS design lab will be opening in a temporary space for 2018, before moving to a permanent location in 2019.

Affordable tuition and a free iPad? Way to put your students on a path to success, OSU!


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