Five years ago, Anderson University committed itself to becoming a leader in using mobile technology to transform the teaching and learning experience, seeing the massive potential offered by mobile devices. Now, with the Mobile Learning Initiative fully in place, Anderson has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2014-2016.
The transformation is apparent all over campus, whether it is in a biochemistry class where students can take real-time photographs of molecules and analyze and manipulate them in 3D on iPad or in the South Carolina School of the Arts where art students can instantly access the world’s greatest paintings or review art techniques online while they are painting.
The Mobile Learning Initiative has revolutionized the teaching and learning experience on the Anderson campus. In 2013, Anderson created the South Carolina Center of Excellence for Mobile Learning through a grant awarded from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and funded by the Education Improvement Act. The Center for Mobile Learning serves as a statewide leader for training and professional development through its work with teacher preparation programs, K12 schools, and teachers.
“The selection of Anderson University as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of extraordinary academic accomplishment,” said Anderson University President Dr. Evans Whitaker. “We have seen that our students are using and applying course concepts in more innovative and meaningful ways through this initiative. Students have been more active and engaged in their disciplines as a result of the collaborative learning experience our faculty members have created which is what we hoped would happen.”