Digital Flagship supports several pillars of Ohio State’s strategic plan, including teaching and learning and research and creative expression. Additionally, the initiative supports access, affordability and excellence by providing Ohio State undergraduates with integrated learning technology at no cost to students.
Over the past few years, Ohio State has focused on efficiencies within our service offerings and operational costs. Through these efficiencies, the university has created a central pool of funding to be used for this student-focused initiative. More information can be found on the Office of Business and Finance website.
If you find an iPad, please contact the IT Service Desk (614-688-4357) to determine if it is a Digital Flagship device and receive return instructions.
Currently, Digital Flagship only provides technology kits to incoming first-year undergraduate students. Departments can purchase iPad kits for use at Tech Hub. Tech Hub offers special pricing for departments interested in purchasing technology.
While devices are an exciting part of this initiative, we encourage instructors to think about the basic steps they can take to make courses more digitally accessible to all students. Three basic actions we suggest in Carmen are: utilizing the grade book feature, uploading a syllabus to the 'syllabus' section and adding all assignment due dates.
I'm enrolling in the university again but returned my technology kit when I left. Will I get another one?
If you returned the technology kit you received when you first attended Ohio State, you are eligible to receive a loaner technology kit to use while you are enrolled. This kit must be returned upon graduation and will not be available for purchase. If you purchased your initial technology kit, you cannot receive a loaner.
To get your loaner, email email@example.com and state that you are a returning eligible student.
When you complete a degree program at Ohio State, the full iPad kit is yours to keep. The management software will be remotely removed from your iPad a few weeks after graduation; make sure you continue to check your BuckeyeMail account or set up email forwarding so you recieve all instructions from the Service Desk. You won't lose access to any apps you've downloaded except for Explain Everything. We recommend backing up any Explain Everything projects you want to keep.
If you complete an associate degree program, you'll receive an email giving you the choice to opt in to Ohio State management if you plan to continue your education at Ohio State.
If you're graduating or leaving the university the Digital Flagship team will remove device management from your iPad. When this happens, Explain Everything will be deleted along with any associated data.
To retain access to your Explain EDU files, you will need to back up or export the individual files you will want access to.
- Set up Cloud Storage:
- Explain EDU > from the library > ellipses > settings > integrations.
- Switch the sliders of the personal cloud storage you will use.
- If you want to export an individual project file, which allows you to edit project files at another time:
- Explain EDU > Load the project you want to export > Export as (near the top right of screen) > project > copy to the cloud storage of your choice.
- If you want to export an individual video file:
- Explain EDU > Load the project you want to export > Export as (near the top right of screen) > Video > copy to the cloud storage of your choice.
We will not be monitoring your day-to-day activities on your iPad. The mobile device management system does collect data on the apps that are installed on your iPad but does not provide data on when, where, or how those apps are used.
That being said Ohio State does monitor all network traffic and the mobile device management system will have the ability to alert us if you do something illegal, try to jailbreak your device, or download an app not found in the official Apple App Store. If we are alerted to these activities we will notify you and reset or disable your device.
Parents of Incoming First Year Students
We are committed to helping your student get the most out of their device. When your student receives their device, we'll provide setup help and guidance around using technology in college. Throughout their time at Ohio State, we will provide plenty of opportunities for them to develop new skills and get the support they need.
- Workshops: Workshops will be offered throughout the school year to help students maximize their use of iPad and learn technology skills.
- Peer Assistance: Our team of Student Mentors will be available to help students at Digital Flagship programming and during drop-in hours.
- Tutorials: Short video tutorials and “challenges” will be highlighted in the Discover app for students to learn tips and tricks for using their iPads and apps.
- Handbook: The Digital Flagship Handbook will be provided to students on their iPads. It will cover important information related to their iPads, apps, OSU tech tools, privacy, security and some basic digital literacy tips.
- Student Staff Training: RAs, Peer Leaders, and Dennis Learning Center Academic Coaches (among others) will learn how to best guide and direct students in using their iPads or getting help with something goes wrong.
Incoming First Year Students
Incoming eligible students do not have to pay to receive the iPad kit. There is no upfront cost, and you will be able to keep your iPad and accessories free of charge once you complete a degree program. If you withdraw from Ohio State before completing a degree program, you will be asked to purchase the technology kit for its depreciated value or return it to the university.
Funding for the Digital Flagship program comes through Ohio State's focus on efficiencies within operational costs, creating a central pool of funds to be used for this student-focused initiative. More information can be found on the Office of Business and Finance website.
If you are an incoming undergraduate student beginning higher education for the first time spring semester 2022, you are eligible to receive a Digital Flagship technology kit.
Incoming transfer students:
- If you are transferring to Ohio State for spring semester 2022, you are eligible if you began college at your original university in fall of 2018 or later. This original college start date is used to determine if you are part of an eligible class of students
Military Affiliated Students:
- If you have served in the military and are an undergraduate student starting at Ohio State spring semester 2022, you are eligible for a technology kit. You will need to confirm with Military and Vet Services that the Military Service Member indicator AND the Digital Flagship – iPad Eligible MilVet indicator are on your student account.
If the above conditions apply to you but you have been told you are not eligible, submit a ticket and select Eligibility Status from the Request Type dropdown menu. The IT Service Desk team will look into your records and respond in five to ten business days with your status.
If you aren’t eligible for a technology kit, you can find more information about technology access assistance at the bottom of the IT help site for students.
Faculty, staff and graduate students are not eligible for Digital Flagship technology. Technology requests can be made through your department or college.
The answer depends on what you plan to do on your computer.
While we know many students will find that the iPad will cover most of their computing needs, others will need to purchase a computer with additional features. We find that many students take their iPad to class and around campus, and use their laptop in their residence hall or at home.
The iPad can do many of the same functions of a traditional computer, but there are specific software programs and tasks that will not work on iPad.
We recommend visiting Tech Hub if you are unsure whether you should purchase a laptop. They will use your major and hobbies to help determine if the iPad covers your needs or if an additional device would make sense.
If you decline the iPad AND graduate from Ohio State before the value of the iPad depreciates to $0, then you are due a form of credit (as determined by the university) at the time of graduation as determined by the depreciated value chart.
Please note that only students who opt-out of receiving an iPad AND successfully graduate before the iPad is valued at $0 are due a credit, those who opt out and graduate after the iPad is valued at $0 are not eligible for a credit.
In the event that you change your mind about your decision to decline, you may accept the technology kit at any time during your undergraduate studies.
We know you may own another iPad or tablet, but the iPad you get from Ohio State is different than any of your personally owned devices. While it has many of the same freedoms, the iPad you will receive this includes additional security and a suite of apps made available to you free of charge as an Ohio State student.
Yes. You're welcome to take the device home with you over breaks.
You've got options:
Visit the Discover app on your iPad for new challenges, tips and tricks throughout the semester. You can also find the Digital Flagship handbook on your iPad for even more information about using technology for your classes.
If you need to ask a question or would like one-on-one help using any of the technology tools Ohio State provides you, check out tech tutoring with Student Mentors.
Check the events page to find virtual workshops that dive deep into specific features of your device.
No. Ohio State students, faculty and staff will continue to use a wide variety of technology from a number of brands. The iPads will be a common tool in Ohio State’s integrated learning community, but other computers and technology devices can and will be used across the university.
The devices will be university property while you're at Ohio State. When you graduate all Ohio State management will be removed and ownership of the device will transfer to you.
If you withdraw or transfer from Ohio State you will be required to return the equipment and all related accessories, or purchase the equipment at its depreciated value as established by the university.
Yes, you will have access to change settings on your device to help it best fit you.
We will manage these devices with a Mobile Device Management system (Jamf), which will require a strong passcode but will allow you to customize most settings.
Apps from Ohio State will be made available on the device, but you will be able to add additional apps from the Apple app store and Self Service.
We encourage you to use your iPad throughout your time at Ohio State, both in and outside the classroom. That means writing that term paper and taking a break to watch Netflix.
Banned actions include trying to jailbreak or otherwise remove the mobile device management system on the device, and installing alternate app stores or using the device for illegal activities. Complete guidelines can be found on the Student Technology Agreement.
We will not be monitoring your day-to-day activities on your iPad. The mobile device management system does collect data on the apps that are installed on your iPad but does not provide data on when, where, or how those apps were used.
That being said, Ohio State does monitor all network traffic and the mobile device management system will have the ability to alert us if you do something illegal, try to jailbreak your device, or download an app not found in the official Apple App Store. If we are alerted to these activities we notify you and reset or 'brick' your device.
Each app you use has a privacy statement that explains how the app collects and uses information. For more information, check out the Ohio State Privacy Statement.
There are many ways to configure your iPad to meet your needs. We will provide resources as we near device deployments this summer.
The Office of Disability Services is also available to help any student with assistive technology needs.
Apple also has a variety of accessibility resources linked to iPad.