Saturday, May 9, 2009

A school that requires students to buy iPhones and/or iPod Touch as learning tool

OK, so it's the University of Missouri's School of Journalism rather than a law school - but innovation, like opportunity, is where you find it.  The idea behind this requirement is that because most students use the devices anyway, making them mandatory might encourage students to download and replay recorded lectures which will facilitate better retention and learning. 

'Lectures are the worst possible learning format,'  [Associate Dean Brian] Brooks was quoted as saying. 'There‚Äôs been some research done that shows if a student can hear that lecture a second time, they retain three times as much of that lecture.'

Fair enough.  But if you're going to record your lectures, beware the pitfalls of doing so as the YouTube video known as "the stoned professor" amply demonstrates.

FWIW - the new iPod Touch is an amazing little device well worth having.

Hat tip to the Chronicle of Higher Ed.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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