Luxury News: Knowledge is now an affordable luxury that anyone with Internet access, a personal computer, or a digital media player can have for the asking. What began at Duke University as an experiment to broadcast class sessions is evolving into a revolutionary learning experience.
Apple is offering downloadable podcasts from major universities for free in its iTune store under the classification of iTunes U. The programs offered are bona fide college classes taught by accredited professors. Downloads have risen substantially since Apple began featuring these lessons on the iTunes home page. A few of the video professors have become educational celebrities. One lecturer has actually cracked the Top 20 of iTunes.
Major universities and colleges such as Duke, Yale, Stanford, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania have their own iTunes U sites that are dedicated to educational matters. Although the subject matter comes directly from the institution of higher learning, college credits cannot be earned through iTunes U.
Apple is picking up the associate costs for storing and cataloging the recordings to fortify its relations with the participating schools. Educational institutions are already big buyers of Appleʼs Macintosh computers.
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For LxM James Rothaar
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