University ramps up iTunes U reach, impact
Thirty-three public iTunes U courses were published by Ohio State in 2013, a 200 percent increase from 2012. More than 1.5 million visitors and more than 300,000 subscribers accounted for more than 1.4 million downloads and 785,000 streams of instructional resources in 2013.
iTunes U is accessed for free in more than 150 countries. Fifty-four percent of all OSU activity on iTunes U came from outside of the United States in 2013. The top five countries accessing OSU courses and collections last year were the USA (45.9 percent), China (12.8 percent), the United Kingdom (3.87 percent), Canada (3.65 percent) and Australia (2.34 percent).
OSU launches Digital Bookstore
Ohio State’s Digital Bookstore (digitalbookstore.osu.edu) launched Dec. 20 and will become the central location to showcase all digital book projects from the university’s faculty and staff. One of those projects is the Theatre 2100 textbook pilot, the first and largest of its kind at OSU. To date, approximately 1,500 students have used this book (either the Mac/iPad-only version or a version suitable for PC and Android devices).
An initial poll of last semester’s students revealed that 98 percent had a laptop and 97 percent owned a tablet device or smartphone. However, only about 40 percent had used a digital textbook in a class in the past. This pilot project seeks to understand the impact of a digital textbook in a large-enrollment GEC course and to gauge student reactions to new technologies and learning materials.
Committee to seek next OSU Lima dean-director
Provost Joseph Steinmetz has announced the composition of the search committee for the dean and director of Ohio State Lima. William MacDonald, dean and director of Ohio State Newark and executive dean of the regional campuses, has agreed to serve as chair of the committee.
The complete list of committee members can be found at go.osu.edu/aSG.
Hungry OSU students choose healthy
Some interesting statistics from Ohio State’s Student Life Dining Services show students are making healthier choices when it comes time to eat on campus:
- In the last three years, fresh fruit and vegetable sales have increased 40 percent.
- For every burger sold in the Ohio Union Market, two salads are purchased.
- More fruits and vegetables are sold than chips and French fries combined.
Faculty, staff invited to First Year Conference
Faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend the 2014 Focusing on the First Year Conference Jan. 28 at the Fawcett Center. The conference will include breakout sessions on student transition and retention and a keynote speech from Jillian Kinzie, associate director of NSSE at Indiana University. Faculty who teach first-year student courses and staff who support student success are encouraged to attend.
To register, visit fye.osu.edu/FYEConference.html.
India Gateway hosts 2015 health sciences confab
The Ohio State India Gateway is hosting its first health sciences innovation conference in Mumbai Jan. 15-18, 2015, under the direction of Professor Chandan Sen. The focus of the conference will be India’s rapidly growing biotech and health sciences industry and will aim to develop strategic partnerships between Ohio State faculty and other Indian academic institutions.
The deadline has been extended to Jan. 31 for faculty and staff interested in assisting with, attending or presenting at the conference. For more information, contact Brent Toto at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit oia.osu.edu/india/news.
WOSU TV’s Neighborhood visits Clintonville
Columbus Neighborhoods, the Emmy award-winning documentary series and community engagement project, returns with the premiere of Clintonville at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 on WOSU TV.
With a history that dates back to Adena earthen mounds, Clintonville has transitioned over the last 200 years from a farming community to an urban neighborhood. Its famous residents have included Bill Moose, the last of the Wyandots in the Ohio region; Jason Bull, an influential conductor on the Underground Railroad; and legendary gambler Pat Murnan, who is credited with keeping the mob out of Columbus.
For a sneak peek at Columbus Neighborhoods: Clintonville, visit wosu.pm/1hQmoGR. More behind-the-scenes details also are available at columbusneighborhoods.org including web exclusives, bonus features and segments not seen in the show.
The next four neighborhoods to be featured are Worthington, Bexley, the Tri-Villages (Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff and Grandview Heights) and New Americans, which will look at Columbus’ growing immigrant population.
Gender research grants now available
Faculty Grants for Research on Women, Gender and Gender Equity are open to all full-time, regular Ohio State faculty (up to $4,000). Graduate Student Grants for Projects on Women, Gender and Gender Equity are open to PhD candidates working on dissertations and students in terminal MA or MFA/MBA programs working on creative projects or theses (up to $1,200). These grants are supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation and administered by the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. Apply by Feb. 21.
For more information, contact Lynaya Elliott at email@example.com or visit wgss.osu.edu for an application.
COMPAS sponsoring photo contest
The Conversations on Morality, Politics and Society program in the Center for Ethics and Human Values is sponsoring a photography contest to explore this year’s COMPAS theme Public/Private. The contest is open to the Ohio State and Columbus communities. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Photo submissions, and other required documentation, are due by Feb. 6. For more information, visit compas.osu.edu/publicprivate-photo-contest.