The Edmond Sun

March 11, 2013

OC named Apple Distinguished Program


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian University has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Program for the 2012-2013 school year for its innovative mobile computing program.

This year, Oklahoma Christian joins a select group of programs Apple is renewing nationwide as exemplary learning environments.

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that integrate technology in education and meet criteria for visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and a flexible learning environment.

“Oklahoma Christian has been selected as an Apple Distinguished Program because we support the way students live and how they want to learn,” OC vice president for information technology John Hermes said. “From the iPhone and iPod touch, to the iPad and our current MacBook Air program for all undergrads, we’ve adapted to the technology needs of our students. We’re honored to be recognized by Apple for enhancing and extending teaching and learning with the thoughtful and innovative implementation of educational technology.”

OC’s technology innovation dates back to the 1960s, when individual study carrels gained national media attention and attracted college representatives from around the country to see the concept first-hand.

Oklahoma Christian stayed on the cutting edge, and in 2001, became the first university in the state and one of the few nationwide to offer campus-wide wireless Internet and a laptop for each full-time student.

Oklahoma Christian became an Apple Digital Campus in 2008. This year’s incoming students received the Macbook Air, which is the ultimate, lightweight, everyday notebook featuring the world’s most advanced operating system.