[LINK] iTunes hits Australian higher learning
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Thu Jun 5 10:09:18 AEST 2008
Ivan Trundle wrote:
> On 05/06/2008, at 6:57 AM, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>> Brendan Scott wrote:
>>> Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>>>> iTunes hits Australian higher learning
>>>> By Ashley Clark
>>>> 4 June 2008 01:53PM
>>> And presumably ipods and iphones will become the only way to access
>>> these universities' lectures.
> Well, not quite: physical attendance is an option.
>> As it happens, you can get a PC iTunes client, but not, I suppose, with
>> synch to the mobile device.
>> But you're right about the basic principle, Brendan. It's out of order
>> for Universities to mandate a proprietary, commercial system in this
>> way, merely so they can appear cool. If this is a genuine teaching
>> initiative, then it should use an open format.
> The delivery medium is mp3 - for what it's worth.
> The delivery system itself is proprietary - but let's not confuse
> delivery *system* with delivery medium. There are many proprietary
> delivery mechanisms in the education system: and not even just in IT
> (count the number of Windows/Mac machines, for example).
> And it's not a case of 'either/or' - as is so often argued in these
> circumstances. I don't regard this initiative as a displacement of
> other channels any more than television displaced radio. It's a case
> of using what works to reach students.
> Sure, it's a marketing bonanza for Apple, but (speaking on behalf of
> my generation - apologies to the young-uns) *we* are the ones
> responsible for forcing students to work in order to pay for their
> education, and if working means that they can't attend lectures, then
> it's OUR fault that we have to provide other means for them to get
> lecture content.
But regarding the Apple tie-up; I would also wonder, as I so often do,
whether the T&Cs associated with the service are compatible with the
needs of the users. In at least one way, I suspect not; because I note
from a couple of iTunes U T&C statements, the obligatory DMCA clauses
are there; what else may be out of place in the educational setting? I
don't have time to look that over right now ...
>> I guess if this is just another cargo-cult gimmick, it doesn't matter,
>> but <segue to rant> I'm damn sick of the spectacle of the University
>> marketing department leading the VC by the nose...
> You're showing your age, Richard... Besides, since you mentioned
> cargo-cults, didn't the Melanesians *benefit* from the arrival of all
> those goods?
Thanks ... now need new keyboard, coffee splurt, you know the story ... :-)
I suppose I *am* showing my age; the devil's trade in the digital era is
"here's the stuff, just click to okay the agreement"; stopping to read
the fine print is regarded as an anachronism.
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