Ohio State University collaborated with tech giant, Apple, to launch new digital education initiative, the Digital Flagship University. The project includes an iOS design lab in Columbus campus and issuing iPad Pros to first-year students.
The project will start from upcoming academic year with an aim to allow Ohio State’s community to, “develop modern mobile skills to enhance learning and excel in the competitive workplace,” said Michael V. Drake, president of Ohio State University in a press statement.
The lab will be open to students, community members, and faculty. It will offer tech training and certification courses in development of the apps in Apple’s programming language Swift. Moreover, it will provide educational as well as academic programs. The Cupertino-based tech giant will provide the necessary help to university to develop apps as a part of the initiative.
Beginning in fall 2018, students who will enroll will be distributed with an iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil. The university confirmed its administrative efficiency program will fund the aforementioned devices.
The university is using Apple products in some of its courses. It uses iPads for fieldwork on plant life in biology classes. Moreover, chemistry lectures and assignments are made available on iTunes.
Commenting on the collaboration, Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple said, “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.”
He outlined the broader central Ohio community can avail coding opportunities through the new iOS Design Lab.