We’ve heard a lot about various universities using iPods to give their students lectures and other school-related content. But this is something new.
This is a unique use of the iTunes/iPod technology that I’m hoping many schools will emulate. It would be easy to put a lecture series on iTunes a few months after the series is presented on campus, so that people on the other side of the country can enjoy them. Concerts can also be broadcast to family, friends, and alumni around the world easily. It’s also useful PR — curious about what the professors are like at a school? Hit their iTunes page and download a lecture or two, and find out whether you really want to go there.
On a personal note, my own school (Southern Seminary) keeps an archive of speakers and chapel messages. This kind of page at iTunes would be a perfect way to make these archives even easier to get to. Many schools all over the country (all over the world) routinely record special speakers and lectures, as well as concert series. This innovative idea will hopefully make these resources available to more people than just curious alumni.