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iPods as classroom tools are growing trend among national college campuses

Lectures, or any learning experiences, need to be evaluated based on what they are intended to achieve. Sitting in a classroom, and having an instructor lecture (with limited discussion) is not sufficiently valuable to justify confining it to a physical medium. If the intent is mainly content presentation, I would recommend podcasting, video logging, or advanced readings. Podcasts have gained attention recently as an additional tool available to instructors. Podcasting augments, or adds an additional facet, to the learning experience. It’s not about replacing a process that works well…it’s about providing an alternative to processes that aren’t working well. I enjoy a good lecture…but sometimes, I can listen to the lecture while driving, running, etc. That frees up my “physical space” for learning activities that require me to be present. iPods as classroom tools are growing trend among national college campuses: “Though using iPod technology would introduce many new advantages in education, it also leaves more room for distraction in the learning process. Some students are skeptical about whether the iPods would be used purely as study tools or as an easy excuse to skip class. Students agree that something would have to be done to regulate the new technology.”


  1. liz wrote:

    There’s a flaw to the iPod technology, as far as I know: users cannot easily change the playback speed.

    Members of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RfBD) can purchase playback devices, which resemble cd players, to listen to recorded texts. The texts recorded include many textbooks, including collegiate-level works. Many RfBD users play back these texts at high speeds — it takes a bit of practice to understand.

    There is a risk of distraction. I wonder if the day of the lecture has passed.

    Monday, April 24, 2006 at 9:35 am | Permalink
  2. Aaron Smith wrote:

    I think some universities should take serious consideration in replacing some lectures with podcasts, or atleast podcasting certain lectures. I attended the University of Texas at Austin and often had 400+ students in my classes. Being able to learning while exercising or riding the bus, and not having to rely on scribbled lecture notes to study would have greatly enhanced the efficiency of my learning. Podcasting for classes of this size with no interaction is a no-brainer.

    Friday, April 28, 2006 at 8:34 am | Permalink