From a perspective of true college readiness, what does it look like for a student to be well-prepared for success in higher education?
Cory Tressler, Director of Learning Programs & Digital Flagship at The Ohio State University, earned his undergraduate degrees at The Ohio State University, his master of arts in teaching degree at the University of South Carolina, and recently completed a Master of Arts in Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. While completing his undergraduate degrees at The Ohio State University, Cory worked as a library associate at the Music & Dance Library, where he managed a collection of thousands of music and dance recordings and produced the Music Library Hour on OSU's Underground Student Radio. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, he became an elementary school teacher at Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts. In 2009, he became an administrator for Beaufort County School District, where he helped create virtual learning and technology rich classroom experiences for over 20,000 k12 students. In 2012, he returned to The Ohio State University as part of the Digital First initiative, where he assisted with the development of over 90 public iTunes U courses, the creation of the OSU Marching Band iPad program, and the Digital First Impact Grant which placed mobile technology in OSU classrooms. In 2014, he co-authored and was named principal investigator of an Ohio Straight A Grant titled, College Ready Ohio, that was awarded $13.5 million to promote college readiness via teacher professional development, technology integration, access to rigorous content, and online dual enrollment opportunities from The Ohio State University in 10 public high schools throughout Ohio. In 2015, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator. In 2017, he helped design and launch Digital Flagship, which is a large-scale partnership between Ohio State and Apple. Digital Flagship focuses on providing students with mobile technology to enhance their academic and career readiness, provide coding curriculum in a flexible format for any interested student, and engaging and embracing mobile app development opportunities at the enterprise and individual levels. Cory also has the pleasure of teaching a study abroad course entitled, Music 3350: The Impact of the British Invasion of the 1960s, at Ohio State as an exploration into the cultural and artistic significance of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and other British Invasion era music.
This case study examined student satisfaction with Apple iPad technology in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. The iPad proved effective in student recruitment and engaging students in active learning. Although technical issues diminished its effectiveness as a teaching tool, these needs prompted important changes in network management at the institution. Overall, the adoption of iPads enhanced the students’ educational experience.
Each fall, over 7,000 recent high school graduates enroll in courses at The Ohio State University. With each incoming class comes a group of students with increasingly higher composite ACT/SAT scores and, unsurprisingly, increasingly higher expectations for an engaging, world-class education.