Apple honors ACU's mobile learning innovation

Posted January 18, 2012

Abilene Christian University has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for its work to understand the impact of mobility in education, to discover and create new ways to make learning more engaging, and to develop new teaching resources that allow teachers and learners to leverage mobility through iPad, iPhone and iPod.

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. 

"We're very honored to receive this distinction," said Dr. Phil Schubert, university president. "Faculty, students and staff across campus have worked very hard to position Abilene Christian as a leader in exploring how these sorts of powerful mobile technologies can benefit education, and it's both gratifying and humbling to be recognized for our efforts."

The selection of Abilene Christian University as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology. Currently in its fifth year of researching and applying the educational opportunities offered by iPad, iPhone and iPod, ACU has found three emerging themes: increased independence for learners, enhanced communication and engagement, and a more individually tailored and contextual learning experience. 

About Abilene Christian University

In a world of search engines, social networking, smartphones and converged mobile devices, students have access to more information than one could process in a lifetime, Abilene Christian University launched a mobile-learning initiative, ACU Connected, in 2008. The initiative trains students to not merely consume these vast amounts of information, but to assess information, to synthesize thoughts, to generate new ideas, and to contribute meaningfully to conversations of global importance. ACU is committed to exploring how these technologies can be used to help people learn in new ways and discovering how these tools can aid us in its mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. More than 4,500 students, including nearly 800 graduate students, enroll in ACU from 47 states and territories, and 43 nations. Visit for more information.