Podcasting the Curriculum
Students are now able to listen to their lectures on the go, through their iPods. Lectures for first- and second-year medical students have been available online since they returned from winter break, January 3, 2006.
As part of the new MedCast system, lectures are recorded digitally and are made available for download by medical students and faculty the same day. Students can also subscribe to the course so that the lectures are automatically pushed to their iPod or computer.
Early usage statistics indicate that this form of learning is very popular. The amount of network traffic for the Creighton University School of Medicine web site has doubled since podcasting began.
"I still attend the lectures," says first-year medical student, Cindy Paul, "but the podcast allows me to be exposed to the material again. I can listen to the entire lecture again and take notes on things I didnít catch in class," she said.
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