ACU's innovation celebrated by ACUTA

Posted March 04, 2009

Abilene Christian University's mobile learning initiative has been recognized once again as an innovative approach to education through technology, this time by ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education. ACUTA has awarded ACU its most prestigious honor, the award for Institutional Excellence in Information Communications Technology.

"It is a great honor to be recognized by ACUTA for the Institutional Excellence Award," said Arthur Brant, director of Networking Services at ACU. "It is humbling to have peer institutions, such as those who are members of ACUTA, acknowledge the significance and uniqueness of ACU's mobile learning initiative. I believe this award highlights the distinctive and innovative environment that has been created by our mobile learning initiative, and is a testament to the fact that our students will be better educated as we embrace new technologies such as converged mobile devices."

This award, given to innovative and exemplary endeavors, products or services in the field of higher education technology, is given annually to one university in each of three categories: fewer than 5,000 students; 5,000-15,000 students; and more than 15,000 students. ACU won the award in the first category.

Universities may be nominated for this award by peer institutions or nominate themselves, after which the ACUTA Awards Committee invites some of those nominated to compete for the award by submitting more information about their technological achievements. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the scope and complexity of the endeavor, technological leadership, the benefit to the institution and key constituents and demonstration of excellence and professionalism.

ACU began its winning mobile learning innovation in the fall of 2008, when it became the first university to distribute Apple iPhones and iPod touches to the incoming freshman class in order to explore a new vision for mobile learning. Now all freshmen and their teachers are able to integrate technology and learning both in and out of the classroom. ACU Mobile helps connect students to the campus through news and calendars, course documents and media, in-class surveys and polls.

In recognition of the university's innovation, ACU will be presented with the award at the ACUTA awards luncheon, Tuesday, April 21 at the 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta, Ga.

For more information, visit the mobile learning initiative website or watch ACU's Connected video.