'Stanford On ITunes' Is For Everybody
Here's the wave of the future. Now you can can tell the parental units you need that iPod to learn… 😉
Kate DuBose Tomassi, 01.24.06, 10:00 AM ET
NEW YORK – In an unprecedented move, Stanford University is collaborating with Apple Computer to allow public access a wide range of lectures, speeches, debates and other university content through iTunes. No need to pay the $31,200 tuition. No need to live on campus. No need even to be a student. The nearly 500 tracks that constitute �Stanford on iTunes� are available to anyone willing to spend the few minutes it takes to download them from the Internet.
While a number of other universities are now using iTunes to distribute class-specific content to their students, including Duke University, Drexel University�s School of Education and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Stanford is the first to make a substantial amount of recorded university events available to the public at large.
�One of Stanford�s primary missions is to educate the public,� says Scott Stocker, director of Web communications. Allowing the public to access the content �just felt like the right thing to do,� says Cindy Pearson, director of alumni programs.
Duncan Beardsley of Stanford�s class of 1959 says he has already downloaded about 30 tracks from Stanford on iTunes since the public launch last October. A lecture called �Trials and Truth� from a series entitled �Classes Without Quizzes� originally piqued Beardsley�s interest. He�s also downloaded lectures about global warming, why baseballs have stitches and correlations between how baboons and humans live. More here
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