THE Ohio State University yesterday announced a partnership with Apple which enabled the creation of “a comprehensive university digital learning initiative that will support educational innovation for students and economic development opportunities for the community”.
Being part of the strategic planning of the American state of Ohio, the initiative called Digital Flagship University its main objectives are to integrate technology learning throughout university experience; make an iOS design lab available on the Columbus campus for use by teachers, employees, students and community members; and providing university opportunities for students to learn to program.
As can be expected, students and community members will be able to enjoy the laboratory, where it will be possible to learn the Swift language and obtain technological training and certifications. In addition, as students embrace the idea, the university plans to adopt several other activities using Apple tools, such as iTunes courses and iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, in several courses.
In the official statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke a little about the partnership:
At Apple, we believe that technology has the power to transform the classroom and empower students to learn in new and exciting ways.
This unique program will provide students with access to the incredible learning tools on the iPad, as well as Apple's new programming curriculum, which teaches skills crucial to jobs in some of the country's fastest growing sectors. I'm glad that the large Ohio community also has access to opportunities to learn to program in the new iOS Design Lab the university.
THE Digital Flagship University It will be inaugurated in the 2017-2018 school year and the laboratory will be opened in a temporary space in 2018. Only in 2019, it will move to a permanent location.