Students Helping to Shape the Future of Technology at Ohio State

The OCIO Student Advisory Committee met for the first time this April and we are very excited about what we can learn from this great group of students. The committee will participate in planning the future direction of campus technology support and services, discuss how the university can enhance the information technology skills of students, and address information technology access issues on campus.  Our group objectives are to:

  • Establish a relationship between the OCIO and the university student body.
  • Identify the latest technologies and gauge student interest in current trends.
  • Provide students with a platform to voice opinions about the direction of technology on campus.

During our first meeting, we discussed a broad range of topics and received much insight into the technology needs of students across campus. Some insights included:

  • Wireless – Because mobility is key, consistent wireless is essential. Students wanted us to understand the importance of the ability to transfer data mobility and without campus holes in mobile access.
  • Digital Texts – Students recognize the value and future of digital texts. They note the difference between "good" and "bad" digital texts, highlighting Apple iBooks as one of the best representations.
  • Mobility – Students want to receive mobile notifications of key information without being inundated with notifications.
  • Carmen – Because Carmen is an important tool, students would like mobility and improved integration into other key student systems.
  • Software Needs – Microsoft Office, Adobe Connect, and access to virtual machines were among the key software needs.

We look forward to learning more in future meetings. Additionally, this student group will play a pivotal role in defining the success of the Digital First program.

To learn more about the Student Advisory Committee or if you know students who would like to participate, contact OCIO Senior Director of Learning Technology Mike Hofherr at or 247-6819.