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iPods and Academia: The Duke First-Year Experience

Saturday, January 1, 2005


In August 2004, Duke distributed 20GB Apple iPod devices to each first-year student. Titled the Duke First-Year Experience, the iPod initiative was intended to stimulate creative uses of digital technology in academic and campus life. Duke's Office of Information Technology, Center for Instructional Technology, Division of Student Affairs, Office of the Provost, and Office of the Executive Vice President, along with Apple Computer, Inc., all collaborated on this project. They now have two semesters of experience using iPods in the classroom and in student life. In this session, Tracy Futhey and Lynne O'Brien will discuss how iPods were used at Duke this past year, what they've learned so far, and how the project will be extended in the next academic year through the newly announced Duke Digital Initiative.

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