The last six months have been a busy time for our University E-mail service. The OCIO e-mail team has collaborated with university IT advisory groups to identify and implement two exciting enhancements to University E-mail based on customer feedback.
Massively open online courses (MOOCs) are generating exciting discussions on education today and for generations to come. Offering courses online for free and without the exchange of university credit has sparked interesting debates about accessibility, credibility and finances. What people can agree on is the potential for MOOCs to expand the learning experience beyond traditional boundaries of admission cutoffs, tuition and class schedules.
The innovative Digital Storytelling Program (DSP) at Ohio State proves once again that the university is a leader among educational institutions. This national program was recently recognized by the Scout Report as a "great idea," and a "source of motivation and inspiration for those who might like to create their own narratives."
The Ohio State University today announced that it has joined with 16 top-tier institutions, including Brown, Florida, Texas, Vanderbilt, and Maryland, in the newest round of participants in the open online education venture Coursera. Participating universities are offering courses taught by their own professors in a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, medicine, the arts and humanities, and the sciences.
Have you ever struggled to get wireless service on an OSU football Saturday? OCIO estimates that the call processing and data capacity of the existing cellular networks servicing the OSU Columbus campus will be exhausted within the next two years. So what does that mean? If left unaddressed, cellular users on campus will encounter “game day” types of problems every day.
The fight for young voters in Ohio earns The Ohio State University a crucial stop on any campaign tour. One need only look at this snapshot of a sea of cell phones during a recent visit from President Barack Obama to see that a presidential candidate’s campaign team relies heavily on technology. High profile visits to the university such as those by presidents and presidential candidates look to the OCIO for equipment, networking and information technology expertise while on campus.
In collaboration with Ohio State’s website team and University Libraries, OCIO recently embarked on an effort to revamp the OSU iTunes site. The site, which is accessible from itunes.osu.edu or through Apple iTunes, is a collection of free educational content that is available within the iTunes Store. The digital media content can be viewed on a computer or an iDevice.
Are you a faculty member excited about the integration of technology and education? The Digital First Faculty Fellowship program will help guide the Digital First initiative from within the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Faculty Fellows will promote, share, and foster new ideas and skills with the larger Ohio State community and be champions for new educational technologies paired with cutting edge teaching pedagogy.
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The success of Ohio State’s Digital First program doesn't depend on technology but rather on people embracing technology as part of the educational landscape. Recognizing this, we have developed a comprehensive advisory structure to guide the program. This advisory structure will pull knowledge from all areas of the university community to ensure we make the most of our opportunity to transform into a digital first campus.