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Regis Named Apple Distinguished School

October 28, 2016

MetroWest Daily News: Regis College in Weston named Apple Distinguished School

Bernard Jackson using his iPad during classRegis, a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2016–2018 for implementing its iPad® initiative.

“I am thrilled that Regis is recognized for the second consecutive time,” said Regis president Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN. “Faculty and staff are creating the classroom without walls to enhance learning and our students are reaping the benefits.”

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. Regis has maintained its 1:1 iPad distribution and institutional support for faculty engagement since the program inception in 2012.

Joseph Draper using his iPad during class“We started providing iPads to all students four years ago but quickly learned that’s not enough,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs, Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD. “The key is how we as educators use this tool to enhance learning through extensive training where faculty are challenged to become learners themselves.”

Students on campus use their iPads in myriad ways. Students in public health engage in challenge-based learning by using digital storytelling and iMovie to create online public service announcements on topics such as mental health awareness. During summer orientation, incoming freshmen experience their first challenge-based learning experience during a digital scavenger race around campus using their iPads.

Regis faculty recently participated in an Apple Accessibility event to leverage technology to create customizations for individual needs and learning styles. During the university’s Founder’s Day celebration, faculty participated in a digital service learning workshop which combined Regis’ mission of service and dedication to digital pedagogy.

“The social justice aspect of this initiative is consistent with our mission as it allows access to the same technology regardless of socioeconomic background,” said Hays. “It erases the stress and financial obstacles many students face.”

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