Magazine article Techniques

Duke Freshmen Get iPods

Magazine article Techniques

Duke Freshmen Get iPods

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This fall Duke University gave free Apple iPods to its 1,650 incoming freshmen, noting that it was part of an initiative to encourage creative uses of technology in education and campus life.

A special Duke website, which the school says is modeled on the Apple iTunes site, will allow students to download faculty-provided course content, including language lessons, music, recorded lectures and audio books. The pilot program between Duke and Apple Computer is being paid for with strategic planning funds that the school has set aside for one-time innovative technology purposes and will be evaluated after a year.

"We're approaching this as an experiment," says Duke Vice President for Information Technology Tracy Futhey, "one we hope will motivate our faculty and students to think creatively about using digital audio content and a mobile computing environment to advance educational goals in the same way that iPods and similar devices have had such a big impact on music distribution. …

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