Maryville University Named Apple Distinguished School

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments

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Maryville University is pleased to announce it has been named an Apple Distinguished School for 2016–2018. Maryville has been recognized for its Digital World program, which gives students the opportunity to personalize their education in an enhanced technology environment.

“This designation affirms Maryville as a leader in revolutionizing higher education in the twenty-first century,” said President Mark Lombardi, PhD. “Our innovative approach to personalized learning is a key reason for our unprecedented enrollment growth and our position as a nationally ranked university.”

The selection of Maryville as an Apple Distinguished School highlights the University’s enormous success in creating an innovative learning environment designed to engage students and support their academic achievement.

“This designation affirms Maryville as a leader in revolutionizing higher education in the twenty-first century.”

Through Digital World, all Maryville University undergraduate students are given free iPads in order to maximize and personalize their learning. The program emphasizes collaborative, problem-solving learning and creates a faculty-student partnership that puts students at the center of the learning. In order to support these efforts, Maryville has substantially upgraded its campus technology and is now in the top 10 percent of all connected campuses nationally.

Maryville has also invested in faculty professional development to expand their understanding of best practices for incorporating iPads in the classroom. Eighty-five percent of faculty members completed Digital World training in the first year. This knowledge gives them the ability to guide their students by collecting real-time data on learning and create an atmosphere where every student can share and participate in the learning process, and is comfortable doing so.

“Maryville maintains a large deployment of over 3,000 iPads which forms a common technology foundation for our Digital World program,” said Dustin Loeffler, JD, professor and Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2015. “This common platform allows us to engage with students from both a curricular and student service standpoint. Also, the richness of content available through Apple further enables our faculty to build an active learning ecosystem delivered through the iPad.”