Powering the Liberal Arts
Integrating Technology at Moravian College
In 2013, Moravian College President Dr. Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 proposed the Comenius Access to Technology (CAT) Initiative, inspired by Comenius’ vision of engaging and accessible education for all.
Moravian College’s CAT initiative aims to provide a value-added educational experience, enhanced by innovative software, training, and technical support. The whole College—students, faculty, and staff—utilizes digital multimodality in teaching and in assignments, facilitates asynchronous digital learning opportunities that enhance the primarily face-to-face learning environment of a small liberal arts college, supports faculty and student innovation in the digital realm, and equips students with more practical technological skills and improved digital citizenship to better prepare them for the 21st-century learning environment and workplace.
An Apple Distinguished School
Moravian College was named an Apple Distinguished School for 2018-2021. Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment. Click here to read the full announcement.
Part of becoming an Apple Distinguished School is developing a book that illustrates how technology has been deployed to provide a valued-added learning experience. Read the book here: Powering the Liberal Arts: Revolutionary Learning at Moravian College.
2:1 Device-to-Student Ratio
In 2014, Moravian launched a program to provide each entering freshman with two Apple® devices—a MacBook Pro® and an iPad®. Faculty and staff are also equipped with the same technology. Students at Moravian Theological Seminary, the College’s graduate theological school, receive iPad devices, and the College is committed to provide a full faculty refresh every fourth year.
Moravian College provides each MacBook Pro with four years of AppleCare® coverage and each iPad with three years of coverage. Providing ample coverage ensures Moravian community members can be confident their technology is well protected and supported.
Apple Supported Professional Development
Moravian College recognizes the immense value in maintaining an ongoing relationship with Apple for professional development opportunities. The College recently introduced an incentive program for full-time and adjunct faculty to complete Apple Teacher certification in at least one track. Within the first three months of the program, fifty-one full-time faculty and part-time instructors earned the certification, most completing both the iPad and Mac tracks. Additionally, the entire Information Technology team completed the iPad, Mac, and coding tracks in order to more fully support faculty in their work.