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School Makes iTouch/iPhone Compulsory

The university’s website details the need for one of the two to allow students to download material associated with their course.

"Lectures are the worst possible learning format," Associate Dean Brian Brooks, told the Columbia Missourian, the campus newspaper. "There's

been some research done that shows if a student can hear that lecture a second time, they retain three times as much of that lecture."

However, when asked, Brooks admitted to Fox News that just because it says iTouch or iPhone, you don’t have to buy an Apple MP3 player. "You could use a Zune, for example," he said.

So why the Apple love? Brooks explained that the University offers students financial aid as well as financial plans. Realizing that iPods are expensive, Brooks said that by listing them as a requirement, students can receive financial aid to purchase them.

"If it's required, it can be included in your financial-need estimate," he told the Missourian. "If we had not required it, they wouldn't be able to do that."

Brooks also told the Missourian that the requirement "will not be enforced, however, and there will not be a penalty for students who chose not to buy an iPod touch or iPhone."

  • Ehmm may I ask why can't they use normal netbooks,laptops, PCs but Iphone or Ipod.

    All students today have a PC or a mac to their course papers and this is just ridiculous.

    Of course this will be used by those on financial aid at least to get their hands on the Iphones and Ipod touch and also Steve is problably laughing hard at this.

    Time to buy some Apple stock guys because if other universities adopt this, profits for Apple are definitely going up.
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  • gwellin
    How was I able to ever get through school without an iPod? This is so lame. A mojority of students are lazy and will normally drop out if they don't pay attention in class. So lets give them an iPhone because I'm sure nobody will play games, text, email or browse the internet during class.

    "There's been some research done that shows if a student can hear that lecture a second time, they retain three times as much of that lecture."

    What are they going to hear it a second time on there iPod while riding the bus or sitting in there dorm. I though because of the interent this is already possible. I know it was in my school. I bet they will still have to purchase the $130.00 text book as well. Good job at keeping the cost of school down idiots.

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  • so, how much MDF they are earning?
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  • apache_lives
    i think its more ipod lessons and less "teacher" lessons etc

    after highschool its the "young adult"'s responsibility to learn, it they pay some massive fee for a course they drop out in then thats up to them, i say this is a great idea.
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  • Regulas
    "University offers students financial aid"
    That means tax payer money, these Universities are a bunche of leaches and if they had their way you would need a degree to cook a burger at a fast food restaurant. OJT, on the job training and technical schooling is the best. All these States, like mine, Ohio have the lottery. It's for public schools and the "children", we were told. Lies, sure a little gets funneled that way but it goes everywhere else too, including universities that should not be getting tax payer money in the first place! Did my property taxes go down like promised, hell no, just the freaking opposite, damn Democrats anyway.
    The old style 2-4-6-8-? year degree for the most part is a pile crap for a sheepskin of crap.
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  • hobbitcy
    I am personally in favor of digital distribution of uni work.
    I'm in my 3rd year and most lecturers have there class presentations online for us to read again.
    if i had the lecture online as well that would be great.
    not a fan of the apple though but great explanation why they have it set up like that
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  • Most excellent.... the people who actually retain stuff on the 1st pass are usually the less bright ones because of the trade off they get in their memory retention. They are good a regurgitating but not at making broad associations and analysis of the implications of the information they are receiving.

    In short, rewarding less drones and enabling more of the creative class is always a good thing.
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  • gwellin
    HobbitCyI'm in my 3rd year and most lecturers have there class presentations online for us to read again.if i had the lecture online as well that would be great.
    Because the PC, latptop, netbook, library isn't possible to view that stuff already. Admit it, you're a poor college student and just want a free iPhone.
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  • spizade
    The Chevy Silverado is now required for Journalism 101.

    If we are ripping off financial aid, lets go big and fix another issue at the same time instead of requiring toys.
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  • gwellin
    Spizade,

    You forgot that the Tickle me Elmo doll is now required for preschool education degree's.
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