Should Duke Discontinue the Free iPod Program?

News / Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

Duke University has decided to continue its iPod program which offers free devices to incoming students but has changed the program to make the free iPods only available to students enrolled in classes that use the iPod. Experience with the program has demonstrated that certain courses (music, language) are better suited for instruction and faculty support where the technology makes sense as opposed to forcing its application and resultant use as a personal entertainment device. This staff editorial that appeared in The Chronicle, the independent daily newspaper at Duke University, provides insight to the change and suggestions for continued improvement.

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