Duke University aims to ensure iPods are available to all its students on relevant courses.

Interviewed by Campus Technology magazine Duke University's chief information officer Tracy Futhey said: "We are shifting the project from class-based to course-based, so any student in any year of his or her undergraduate study here, who is in a course using iPods, will receive an iPod for that relevant coursework."

The university last year engaged in an experiment to determine the educational use of Apple's music player, giving free iPods to 1,650 incoming freshmen. Lecturers and students then began to assess different ways in which iPods could be of use within subject curriculums.

iPods enhance learning

While the scale of the scheme has been reduced this year, Futhey confirmed some success, saying: "Over the past year, the iPod project has made clear to many of our faculty and in many of our courses, the value of digital audio in a whole host of domains. And those who have started to use the iPods have said, in a large number of cases, that this has been an important enough experiment that they absolutely need and want to continue it. And we've had interest from other courses that haven't yet tried it."

Extending the experiment

She also confirmed previous reports, which claimed the university now intends deploying additional technologies to assist learning. These include solutions for digital video and tablet computing.

"We are continuing and expanding the project, adding the focus in those new areas," she revealed.

"Duke has, as part of its academic strategic plan, a goal and a commitment to utilize technology throughout all aspects of campus life and the campus environment," she added.