Thursday night, at the Value City Arena, the Ohio State Department of Athletics held an auction that raised $450,000 for an iPad program for student-athletes.
Along with the Ohio State Office of the Chief Information Officer, the school hopes to provide every student-athlete on campus – around 1,100 – with an iPad by the end of 2013. This initiative began this fall, with 500 iPads given to selected teams, which were provided by the Department of Athletics.
The event, called A Night of Remarkable Experiences, held both silent and live auctions. The top bidder won a dinner on the 50-yard line at Ohio Stadium with Vice President and Director of Athletics, Gene Smith, Thad Matta, and Urban Meyer, for the small price of $185,000. Other winners received trips to basketball and football games and other interactions with Ohio State teams and alumni.
Last year, Ohio State had 548 scholar athletes. This auction was designed to spark the technology fund, as a way to increase the development of student-athletes.
The project is intended to expand current programs available to Ohio State student-athletes, including:
• Enhanced learning through digital technology including e-textbooks, digital course materials and online course programming; this will build on and complement Student-Athlete Support Services’ initiative to create iBooks for courses relating to student-athletes
• Improved academic productivity during team travel, as students will have easy access to email, Carmen (Ohio State’s online course management system), Ohio State library databases, Pages and Numbers for word processing and spreadsheet creation, FaceTime, Skype and other tools that will enable coursework to be completed on the road
• Better access to content through applications (apps) that will help students engage with subject matter
• Increased time management and stronger study skills through apps designed to help college students manage their hectic schedules and workloads
• Better services for students with learning disabilities via assistive technology
• Stronger familiarity with the latest innovative technology that will prove valuable for student-athletes in the classroom as well as the 21st century workplaces they will join after graduation
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Duke men’s basketball team received iPads.