Digital First: One Year Later

It’s hard to believe that we launched the Digital First initiative barely a year ago. During that time, we have worked with individuals and departments across campus to advance technology enhanced learning. Much has happened since May 2012, and we are so proud of all of the amazing work being done across campus. At the start of the academic year the groundswell of interest in technology-enhanced learning generated interest across the campus, the city, the state, and the nation. We even worked with ESPN to create a segment highlighting the “flipped classroom” approach to learning that aired during the September 8 OSU vs. UCF football game!
With the launch of Digital First, we set an ambitious collection of goals, ranging from infrastructure development and wireless network expansion to classroom redesign and computer lab renovation. In December, recognizing the importance of Learning Technology in the success of the University, the Office of Academic Affairs tapped OCIO’s resources to create a new organization focused on the technological and pedagogical advancements in academics called the “Office of Distance Education and eLearning” (ODEE). We’ve come a long way in just one year!
ODEE has been working with faculty and researchers across disciplines to create engaging mobile content in the form of digital textbooks, online learning modules, and interactive quizzes. To cap of its first year, the group is launching an iBook titled "Digital First: Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Research at Ohio State," highlighting the initiative's accomplishments as it strives to reach even greater heights. Look for it to hit iTunes soon!

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