University of Michigan dental students who sleep through a lecture can turn to their iPods to catch up on what they missed.
Apple Computers Inc. is giving students at the School of Dentistry access to the lectures free of charge in an MP3 compressed digital data file format on an iTunes Internet site. Students can download them onto their iPods and listen to them wherever and whenever they want.
"The first thought is that this is fanciful, working out and walking or drinking coffee while listening to a lecture, but it is growing," said Brock Read, a researcher for the Chronicle of Higher Education. "There are about a dozen universities involved so far."
Stanford, Duke and California-Berkeley are among the universities offering lectures in an MP3 format. Reed said that Drexel University is going even further, giving new video iPods to all students.