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Re: IPod Program Did Not Deliver
Posted by: Anonymous 2005-03-05 06:53:20
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The much-hyped iPod program -- for which Duke University spent US$500,000 on iPods for the entire freshman class -- was far from the overwhelming academic success the University hoped for, and the experiment should not continue next year. The money for the iPod program was part of the strategic plan fund -- money that was ear-marked for initiatives promoting the innovative use of technology. Finding ways to integrate innovative technology into the Duke academic experience is something that the University should strive for.


Re: IPod Program Did Not Deliver
Posted by: reboylin 2005-03-05 08:57:18 In reply to: Anonymous
The author states, "...they are extremely limited devices that can only input audio information." This is an obvious error which points to a conclusion the author had already in mind. The fact is the University was not prepared to develop the means for a wider group of professors to utilize the device prior to it's introduction. That meant it was going to have limited success. A better solution would be to make heavily discounted iPods available to students taking classes which utilize them. I didn't think giving them to all Freshmen was a good investment either; but there are no easy solutions to utilization of any of the hand held devices available today.
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