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Ohio State Digital First recognized for excellence

The Ohio State University announced today that its Digital First initiative has been named a 2013 New Media Consortium (NMC) Center of Excellence Award, which recognizes the university's success in the integration of technology with teaching, learning or creative expression.

"Faculty across the Ohio State community are using these tools to enhance student learning and engagement," said Mike Hofherr, associate vice president for distance education and eLearning.
"This is college in the 21st century and Digital First is working to expand wireless capacity in the majority of classrooms on the Columbus campus," he continued. "We are proud to receive this recognition."

Ohio State's Digital First initiative is putting tools into the hands of faculty and students to enhance teaching using technology. Digital First helped to facilitate the development of over 20 iTunes U courses and will be working with faculty to publish iBooks in the soon to be launched Ohio State iBookstore.

Today, more faculty are using iBooks, iTunes U and iPads in the classroom to supplement their teaching. And students are finding that their study spaces are anywhere – the Oval, the student union or at a table in a campus cafe – so long as they have a laptop or tablet.

The Ohio State University joins several well-respected institutions in receiving this acknowledgement. Past winners have included teams from Johns Hopkins University, Ball State, Penn State, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Apple Education team.

The award is being presented at NMC's annual Campus Leader Advisory Board members meeting in Austin this month.

Digital First's impact on Ohio State teaching includes:
•The development of over 25 iTunes U courses, in partnership with Digital First, which are being used in OSU classrooms. To date, there have been nearly 1 million downloads and close to 300,000 students from across the globe using the technology.
•The development of iBooks by faculty and staff throughout the university, currently being used as teaching tools in and out of the classroom.
•Assistance to 38 departments and colleges across campus to deploy approximately 1,500 iPads to students, faculty and staff.
•Passing nearly $100,000 in technology savings to students through the First Opportunity Program, in partnership with the campus computer store WiredOut.
•Performing over 100 individual consultations with faculty and staff, providing guidance and facilitation on a diverse range of ongoing digital projects.
•Expanding classroom wireless capacity in key academic buildings to accommodate three connections per seat.
Innovate, Ohio State's conference on teaching and learning with technology, is coordinated by the Digital First initiative. Currently in its 4th year, Innovate's attendance continues to grow, with participants from 48 institutions and organizations across the nation in 2012.

For more information, see:http://digitalfirst.osu.edu/

The Ohio State University
Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers, and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.