Not every freshman at Duke University will get an iPod in the next academic year.
Duke University has decided to take a more targeted approach in its distribution of iPods to students. Rather than handing a 20GB iPod to every incoming student, as it did this year, only those attending courses that have integrated the device into the study programme will be furnished with Apple's music player.
Considering that only 16 out of the 1,000courses at Duke were using the iPod, the decision to cut back on the seeding of the device is perhaps not surprising.
Provost Peter Lange said: "We weren't sure what to expect when we launched this project, but we've been pleased by how it's succeeded in encouraging many faculty and students to consider new ways of using the technology in fields from engineering to foreign languages."
He added: "We've been focusing on iPods and other mobile computing, but our wider goal is to integrate technology broadly into the teaching and learning process. The iPods have helped jump-start this process, and we plan to keep pushing ahead," reports Cnet.
Program coordinator Lynne O'Brien said: "Some faculty are enthused about using iPods in courses, and others don't see any real purpose for them. But without the iPods experiment, we wouldn't be having such active discussions about what value new technologies have in teaching."
Students have used the devices in a number of ways, from recording lecture notes, to taking pulses and as signal generators in an engineering class. Duke has a selection of images and case studies about the integration of iPods into a selection of courses.
Duke spent $500,000 on iPods last year.