[LINK] University of Missouri to require iPod touch or iPhone for Journalism students

Paul Bolger pbolger at gmail.com
Mon May 25 10:23:38 AEST 2009

 "Lectures are the worst possible learning format"

No, the worst possible learning format is going to the bar and missing
the lecture, thinking that you can always download the recording
later. You would probably do this at 3am on the morning of your final

Of course attending the lecture and spending the time playing games or
emailing your friends on your iPhone may not be ideal either...

> Digital audio does have a place in university education, but there is
> no reason for the university to recommend a particular brand of
> device. Students can make their own choice. It may be appropriate to
> buy a netbook for example (for around the same cost as some audio players).
> The use of Apple's proprietary music store for distributing lectures
> does not appear a good idea. Instead the university could provide the
> download of audio files, via its Learning Management System and as
> Podcasts. No registration with Apple is required for this and no
> particular brand of device or software is needed. The ANU does this,
> for example, with its new "Wattle" system using Moodle.
> ps: I gave "My Last Lecture" in 2008:
> <http://www.tomw.net.au/blog/2008/08/my-last-lecture.html>. "Green
> ICT Strategies" COMP7310 is offered from July 2009 by the ANU using
> no lectures, online education and optional seminars
> <http://cs.anu.edu.au/students/comp7310/>.
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