Digital First – Four Months and Growing

 It is hard to believe that it was only four months ago that we launched the Digital First initiative. During that time, we have worked with individuals and departments across campus to advance technology enhanced learning. Much has happened since May and we are so proud of all of the amazing work being done across campus. We thought we’d share some highlights of successes and recognition across the university.

OSU Courses Highlighted on iTunes U

Courses from two OSU professors have been highlighted on the national Apple iTunes U website which has become a highly visible outreach tool for The Ohio State University. Since the launch of Digital First, our iTunes U traffic has skyrocketed with 132,698 subscriptions, 361,474 downloads, and 145,476 streaming viewers.

  • Dr. Richard Pogge, Professor and Vice Chair for Instrumentation in the Department of Astronomy, developed a course called Life in the Universe, an introduction to Astrobiology for non-science majors. A basic version of this course was posted on an earlier version of iTunes U and has already attracted student participation from across the world, with subscribers from Europe, Australia and the Middle East.  His new course allows students to visualize and interact with concepts by using a range of apps from those that map the universe to those that have students manipulate three-dimensional molecular structures. Dr. Pogge plans to use this model to grow interest in Astronomy by working with K-12 institutions in Ohio. Learn more about Dr. Pogge’s course:
  • Dr. Matt Stoltzfus' General Chemistry course is the first course for science majors, covering dimensional analysis, atomic structure, the mole, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, electron configuration, bonding, molecular structure, gases, liquids, and solids.  By using iTunes U to share lectures, Dr. Stoltzfus has been able to implement a highly-successful flipped classroom approach to teaching.  Learn more about this course at:

Inaugural Digital First Faculty Fellows Selected

We are excited to share that this fall, David Bruenger and Matthew Stoltzfus joined the Digital First team as our Faculty Fellows.

  • Dr. David Bruenger is Director of the Music, Media, and Enterprise (MME) program and associate professor in the School of Music. Bruenger has been in the mix of music, media, commerce, and culture as a performer, teacher, administrator, writer, and researcher for many years. His performing experience extends from the pit of Broadway shows to symphony halls and beyond. For the past 12 years, Bruenger has developed and taught both online and hybrid courses. His current courses for the MME program employ multiple technologies, are media rich, and acknowledge that music, cultural production, reception, and student learning have dramatically changed in the digital age.
  • Dr. Stoltzfus, or "Dr. Fus" to his students, teaches general chemistry at The Ohio State University, where he earned a PhD in solid-state inorganic chemistry. A recipient of multiple teaching awards by both students and the institution, he is passionate about the use of technology to "flip the classroom" and to improve the overall student experience using technology.

The role of the Digital First Faculty fellows is to work collaboratively to identify emerging questions that are tied to the mission of Digital First, foster communities exploring Digital First topics to inform new practice, build long-term relationships with the university community and beyond, develop curricular materials that embrace the Digital First mission, and formulate research that promotes the infusion of technology into teaching and learning. Learn more about our Faculty Fellows:

Professors Attend iTunes U Bootcamp

This August, the Digital First initiative invited 12 faculty members from across the University to attend an intensive 2-day iTunes U Bootcamp to develop digital course materials for Ohio State students and learners across the globe. This immersive online course development experience was designed to help faculty members collaborate with each other while receiving support from technical and course design professionals from Ohio State and Apple. Learn more about bootcamp:

Technology-Enhanced Learning across Campus

Every day we discover or enable great work across campus. Part of our mission is to highlight great work across campus and connect people and departments so that we can learn and share across the university.

Armed with iPads as data collection tools, undergraduate City and Regional Planning students are working together to develop a facilities master plan for the College of Engineering.  The studio course — CRP 4910: Realizing the Plan — taught by Professor Jennifer Evans Cowley and Lecturer Jason Sudy, is designed to provide students with the opportunity to adapt traditional planning tools using mobile technology.  Learn more at:

Mobile Technology on the Rise

Since early this year, the Digital First team has been working closely with Colleges and Departments across campus to implement mobile technology solutions that support teaching, learning, collaboration and productivity. Below are a few of the teams we have partnered with in the rollout of mobile technology to support their work.

  • College of Social Work
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Department of Engineering
  • Fisher College of Business
  • Office of the CIO
  • Student Athletics

Digital First in the News

The groundswell of interest in technology-enhanced learning has generated interest across the campus, the city, the state, and the nation. We recently worked with ESPN to create a segment highlighting the flipped classroom approach to learning which aired during the September 8 OSU football game vs. UCF. Below is some of the great press we’ve received this fall:

  • Friday, September 7, The Toledo Blade,
    Ohio State expands classrooms to digital world
  • Monday, September 3, The Columbus Dispatch,
    Digital Courses Net Rave Reviews
  • Monday, September 3, The Plain Dealer,
    Buckeyes making good use of school’s iPad investment
  • Thursday, August 23, onCampus,
    OSU Professors Participate in First iTunes U Bootcamp

Interested in learning more about Digital First?  Visit or contact Liv Gjestvang (OCIO Learning Technologies) at 614-247-6457 or