The secret of any successful technology initiative is that it is not, in fact, a technology initiative–it is a student success initiative.
Spurred by students and parents who are increasingly focused on a return on educational investment, or success after graduation, colleges and universities are implementing initiatives intended to help students enter the workforce with the most up-to-date hard and soft skills possible.
The Ohio State University (OSU) is one such institution. OSU has launched a strategic digital learning initiative to help students learn technology and coding skills for academic success and career readiness.
The Digital Flagship Initiative gives students in-demand skills and meets students where they are in terms of technology use.
Part of that initiative is an iPad for each of the 11,000 first-year students at OSU’s Columbus and regional campuses, with a growing number of courses requiring the tablets.