Envisioning the Future of Digital Flagship

The Ohio State University launched Digital Flagship in 2017 as a visionary initiative to advance educational innovation and integrate technology throughout the classroom experience. We have learned much from this initiative, including about the importance of digital equity in opening opportunities and enabling success for our students. However, much has changed over the past few years, including shifting student technology needs driven by remote teaching and learning during the pandemic. Looking ahead, Ohio State will consider how to sustainably meet the new and unique needs of our students by evolving the current Digital Flagship at the end of spring semester 2022. The initiative will evolve to be more holistically centered around digital equity, skill building, and workforce development in providing digital access to all students.

This new focus features new benefits:

  • Anytime, anywhere access: Implementing virtual desktop services that allow students to use advanced computing resources from their own devices, minimizing the need to visit computer labs to use software requiring high-end CPU, memory, and graphics capabilities.    
  • Skills that set you apart: Valuable digital skills training, certification offerings, and integrated pathways to industry credentials for in-demand skills, supported advancement of non-credit, non-credit to credit, and stackable micro-credential offerings across the university 
  • Tools to become digital creators: University-wide access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which will allow students to build valuable professional productivity, creativity, and communication skills.   


Though iPads will no longer be universally distributed to incoming undergraduate students, this new approach will allow Ohio State to expand our mission of enhancing digital skills to include professional graduate students, post-traditional degree completers, non-degree students, and our community of employees. Current students who received a Digital Flagship technology kit will be able to keep their devices in accordance with their Student Technology AgreementOur successful relationship with Apple will continue as we ensure instructional continuity.

Beyond the evolution of Digital Flagship, the Swift Coding and App Development Certificate, the Tech Tutoring service and the Design Lab located at COhatch Gateway will continue through the Office of Technology and Digital Innovation as opportunities to foster digital skills in the university community. The Ohio State: Wellness app will also continue to provide mental health and holistic wellness resources to the Ohio State community.

More information about what these upcoming changes mean for incoming students, current students and faculty is available in our FAQ.