Our Progress

In the fall of 2008, ACU became the first university to distribute Apple iPhones and iPod touches to the incoming freshman class, allowing us to explore a new vision for mobile learning. Now, a new freshman class has received the second-generation mobile learning devices, allowing students and their teachers to integrate technology and learning both in and out of the classroom.

Timeline from 2007 - Present   

August 12, 2009

  • Forbes magazine rates ACU in the top 7 percent of colleges and universities in the nation, and fourth-best in Texas.

July 16, 2009

  • ACU hosts its first Connected Online event. More than 225 people from 112 institutions in 32 states and five countries participate.  Several from Australia stay up all night - 12:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. - to attend the conference.

June 13, 2009

  • ACU named a Center of Excellence for its mobile-learning program by the New Media Consortium.

June 2, 2009

  • Second group of ACU Mobile-Learning Fellows announced.

June 1, 2009

  • ACU named to CIO magazine's Top 100 list for innovation, one of only six universities to make the list.
May 12, 2009
  • ACU's first iPhone application programming class begins, taught by faculty in the School of Information Technology and Computing.

March 6, 2009

  • ACU is named the Dynamic Enterpirse Award winner by Alcatel-Lucent at a ceremony in Paris, France.  It is the first time a university or a non-profit has ever won.  ACU also receives the first-ever Analyst Choice Award.

March 4, 2009

  • ACU receives the award for Institutional Excellence in Information Communications Technology from ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.

February 27, 2009

  • ACU hosts its first ConnectEd Mobile-Learning Summit, attended by more than 400 people from 119 institutions in 31 states and eight countries.

February 6, 2009

  • Dr. William Rankin is named director of educational innovation, a new postiion created to continue ACU's leadership in new learning technologies and strategies.

November 5, 2008

  • ACU publicly announces the ConnectEd Mobile-Learning Summit, scheduled for Feb. 27, 2009.

October 29, 2008

  • Presentation at the EDUCAUSE National Meeting; ACU's sessions are held in packed rooms that seat 400.

October 15, 2008

  • Presentation at the Handheld Learning conference in London; ACU is a nominee for the Handheld Innovation Award.

September 15, 2008

  • The Google Bus visits ACU on its 10-campus "App to School" campaign.

August 22, 2008

  • ACU is named the No. 1 "Up-and-Coming School" in the Universities-Master's western region by U.S. News & World Report.
August 20, 2008
  • The New York Times carries its first story about ACU's mobile-learning initiative.

August 16, 2008

  • ACU begins distributing iPhone and iPod touch devices to incoming freshmen. ACU claims the unofficial world record for the most iPhone activations in one 24-hour period: 612.

August 13, 2008

  • Dr. Kyle Dickson and Dr. William Rankin are named faculty-in-residence at the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning with the commission to forward mobile learning as part of ACU's 21st-Century Vision.

July 31, 2008

  • ACU is named "Innovator of the Year" in mobility by Campus Technology magazine.

June 16, 2008

  • The first group of Mobile-Learning Fellows is announced.

June 12, 2008

  • Presentation at the New Media Consortium's annual meeting at Princeton University. 
    Key ACU leaders first discuss hosting a mobile-learning conference at ACU.

February 28, 2008

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education and Wired magazine carry their fist stories about ACU's mobile-learning initiative.

February 26, 2008

  • Between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., ACU serves as much incoming Web traffic alone as it typically does for both incoming and outgoing traffic during a three-month period.

February 25, 2008

  • Official announcement: "ACU to give an iPhone or iPod touch to every entering freshman."  President Royce Money informs a visiting group of prospective Presidential Scholars at lunch, and immediately following, the press release goes worldwide.

January 23, 2008

  • Official premiere of the Connected video to an audience of students, administrators and invited corporate dignitaries.

January 15, 2008

  • The first alpha version of the attendance tool, part of ACU's online mobile suite, is completed and demonstrated.

November 10, 2007

  • Texas Region 14, "Technology Frontiers III" becomes the first external academic group to hear a presentation about ACU's mobile-learning initiative.

August 30, 2007

  • Faculty are invited to submit applications for mobile-learning research projects.  So many are interested (70 percent) that the venue has to be changed three times before a large enough space is found.

July 26, 2007

  • ACU begins development of a blog focused on integrating mobile technologies in higher education, overseen primarily by graduate student Brice Nordquist.

July 18, 2007

  • The Mobile-Learning Executive Team approves turning the "day-in-the-life" story from the proposal into a video to be directed by senior Matt Maxwell.

July 16, 2007

  • The Mobile-Learning Executive Team begins meeting weekly to set strategic goals and plan the future of ACU's mobile-learning efforts.

June 6, 2007

  • A team from ACU presents the 40-page "The Apple iPhone & ACU: The Case for Devlopment & Deployment of the iPhone in Higher Education" at Apple Headquarters in Cupertine, Calif.

May 11, 2007

  • Following posotive responses from LINK, the Mobile-Learning Executive Team convenes for the first time, drawing up plans for a written proposal to be presented at a previously-scheduled meeting with Apple.

May 2, 2007

  • A recommendation for building a mobile-learning initiative based on Apple's iPhone is first presented to ACU's LINK team for consideration.

April 18, 2007

  • The first meeting for what will become ACU's mobile-learning initiative takes place in the Adams Center.
The State of Mobile Learning
Students using iPhones in classroom discussion
So much about the way we teach, learn and communicate is up for grabs. Educators are using new tools and technologies to reach their students - but what does the future hold?

2010-2011 Mobile Learning Report

2010-11 Report (PDF)


2009-2010 Mobile Learning Report

2009-10 Report (PDF)


2008-2009 Mobile Learning Report