New Way to Catch a Lecture

By Ben Wolf
Monday, February 12, 2007

Valdosta State University freshman Quinn Silvernale is tuning in. Not music, but a psychology lecture on his iPod. It's a new wave of technology hitting campuses across the country.

"You can really listen to it whenever, whatever you're doing. When I'm driving home I just plug in my iPod and listen to it," he said.

Apple has sold nearly 100 million iPods, and college professors are quickly jumping at the chance to catch their students' interest through mp3 devices. They do, however, point out the hand held audio, and in some cases video players, do not replace going to class.

"I think in conjunction with it, with new technology and traditional classroom delivery, I think that is what works the best," said VSU associate mass media professor Mike Savoie.

It's not just the students who are benefiting from the technology.

"I know we have faculty in the college of education who, for example, find cutting edge types of information on the Internet, download it to their iPod and then they show it to their class," said Brian Gerber, associate dean of VSU's College of Education.

Quinn Silvernale says he likes listening to lectures on his own time and using class time for discussions and other interactive work.

"I feel like I'm learning a lot more doing that then sitting in lectures falling asleep," he said.

With more and more downloads, a new era of education emerges. Students say the opportunity to download lectures means they can listen to them repeatedly to make sure they don't miss any information.