Duke Continues To Adjust iPod Program
from the not-so-free-any-more dept
When Duke University first announced plans to give iPods to all incoming students, a lot of people asked what educational benefit the system would have (other than hooking a bunch of students on the Apple device). A year into the program, the University realized that perhaps it really only made sense to offer iPods to students who actually needed them in classes with professors who really wanted to use them for educational purposes. So, they changed their plans and cut back on the program to only offer free iPods to students in classes that would actually use them. This made some sense… but it seems that some people were still asking why Duke should be paying for the iPods (or, rather, why tuition money should be going towards iPods instead of other programs). It appears that the University has adjusted again. The latest revamp of the program has more classes making use of the iPod, but the University is now only willing to loan out the iPods, or offer them at the discounted price of $99. Again, this seems like a step in the right direction. It’s great to encourage the use of new technologies in education, but not just for the sake of the technology.