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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Pod People

 
     


Tired of same-old, same-old, on your iPod? Want to venture beyond Barenaked Ladies and Franz Ferdinand? Then why not download a
podcast of UCSD professor Rick Grush’s Philosophy 10 “Introduction to Logic?” Grush first started using podcasts last fall, and soon found himself among the top 32 “new and notable” list from Apple iTunes.

UC Berkeley and Stanford have tried podcasting and more and more professors are recording their lectures for students to download and listen to at their own leisure. Some academics, however, wonder whether it will leave classrooms empty. But Grush says he’s not too worried and believes that podcasting is just another tool for learning.

“Whether or not there are 300 people or 20 people in lecture, it doesn’t bother me,” he says. “Students are adults, they can judge for themselves whether they need to come to lecture or not.”

It certainly adds a whole new dimension to Timothy Leary’s “turn on, tune in . . . ” and listen to Philosophy or Chem 6a!

Contributors to Making Waves: Mario Aguilera, '89, Jessica Demian, Marnette Federis, '06, Rex Graham, Raymond Hardie and Kim McDonald.

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"Students are adults, they can judge for themselves whether they need to come to lecture or not."