Apple partners with Ohio State to launch coding, digital learning 'university'


Apple has partnered with Ohio State University to launch a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive digital learning initiative to support educational innovation and creative expression for students by providing university-wide access to iOS technology.

The Digital Flagship University initiative is scheduled to begin during the 2017-18 academic year, and an iOS design lab offering technological training and certification will open a temporary space at Ohio State’s Columbus campus in 2018 before moving to a permanent location in 2019.

The iOS design lab will serve students, faculty and other members of the Ohio State community interested in learning how to code and build apps in Swift, Apple’s programming language.

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,” according to the university, which is one of the largest in the country with more than 60,000 students.

With this initiative, Ohio State and Apple hope to enhance students’ coding skills and prepare them for their future careers in the “app economy,” officials said.

Beginning in fall 2018, the Digital Flagship University initiative will equip first-year students at Ohio State’s Columbus and regional campuses with iPad Pros, plus additional digital learning tools, including Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboards.

As the students become fully immersed in the technology, Ohio State plans to equip its faculty with iPads and other Apple resources for classroom instruction, though many of the university’s departments have already adopted and implemented the technology.

Ultimately, the university hopes to drive student success by providing universal access to common learning technologies.

“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,” Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled the broader central-Ohio community will also have access to coding opportunities through Ohio State’s new iOS Design Lab.”