Professor Rob Viau uses iPods to enhance his English and interdisciplinary arts courses at Georgia College and State University.
He has used iPods for more than two years in courses such as "Utopia Dystopia" and "Gothic Imagination." He told Palm Beach Daily News he believes the gadgets are an excellent resource for his students to easily download the sound portion of their studies.
One Georgia student said of her iPod: "It actually really came in handy. He gave us music that reflected the optimism and the pessimism of an era. We listened to Bob Dylan and Nine Inch Nails. I also listened to Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. When I heard Martin Luther King saying the speech, he sounded more clear, and you hear the emotion and passion and the actual desire you don't get when you just read it."
Unlike Duke University freshmen, 1,650 of whom received an iPod when they registered, Georgia University students get their iPods on loan.
Chief information officer at the University of Dayton in Ohio Thomas Skill isn't convinced that such strategies are good for higher education. He said: "I can envision students deleting all of the information relevant to learning to make room for their music."