Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Duke to Streamline iPod Program

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Duke to Streamline iPod Program

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DURHAM, N.C.

Duke University distributed an Apple iPod digital music player to each of the 1,600 incoming first-year students last fall. This coming fall, however, the school plans to hand out the popular devices only to students who enroll in courses that use the iPod as part of the curriculum.

Duke officials say it made the decision to offer the iPods "in a more targeted manner" after a preliminary review of its iPod program. The school said it will also look at other technologies that might assist classroom learning, including wireless devices.

The university's Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) will coordinate the use and distribution of the devices, which will be given to any student who enrolls in a course whose proposed use of iPods is coordinated through CIT. Students who receive an iPod through the program will own the device and be expected to retain it for future use in any other Duke classes using iPods.

In a memo to the faculty announcing the decision, Dr. Peter Lange, the university's provost and senior academic officer, said he and others were encouraged by a review of preliminary results from the Duke iPod First-Year Experience.

"We weren't sure what to expect when we launched this project, but we've been pleased by how it's succeeded in encouraging many faculty and students to consider new ways of using the technology in fields from engineering to foreign languages," Lange said. …

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