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University Executive Forum-Apple iPod project Carl Berger The gem of an idea... Dan Updegrove mentions Jim Miller pounces Peter Hoffman extends Bill Duff supports Voila…a project The invitation Dear UEF member,

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the gem of an idea
The gem of an idea...
  • Dan Updegrove mentions
  • Jim Miller pounces
  • Peter Hoffman extends
  • Bill Duff supports
  • Voila…a project
the invitation
The invitation

Dear UEF member,

During our meeting last month, the topic of integrating iPods into the curriculum of higher education was discussed on several occasions. UEF members collectively advised that Apple should put iPods in the hands of UEF members to encourage a better appreciation and understanding of the potential use of this exciting technology within education.

Jim Marshall, VP Education Sales, was excited to hear your interest in the iPod and is interested in exploring how it might fit into the learning environment of Higher Education. We are pleased to announce that to help facilitate the iPod exploration, Apple will provide each UEF member

institution with 2 iPods. Carl Berger, from the University of Michigan, has graciously agreed to coordinate this "UEF iPod in HiEd" program.

Shortly after the first of the year, two iPods will be sent to the attention of each UEF member, along with more details regarding the evaluation and feedback process. Please begin identifying the people in your organizations that you would like to have involved in the program so that you are ready to begin soon after they arrive in early in January.

We would anticipate a report from Carl and this group at our next UEF meeting. Bill Duff, National Manager for Higher Education Sales Programs, and I will provide staff support from Apple.


From Lionel Tolan, Simon Fraser: I really appreciate this. I was the guy who brought it up at the meeting and I was so convinced by my own rhetoric that I bought one to give to the Director of our Language Learning Lab. I did this about 3 weeks ago but unfortunately it had a problem when I got it. After I got it back from the repair shop Trude had headed off for Christmas so I'm saving it for her. With your initiative maybe I can get this one back to see how it does with music... :-) Please thank Santa Jim...

From Annie Stunden, University of Wisconsin-Madison: That's a neat xmas present. We'll figure it out after the first of the year.


From Bobby Schnabel, University of Colorado at Boulder: Thanks very much Peter. I have already e-started our campus discussion of how we might be use them. I think this is a great idea and thank you very much for listening and responding to the UEF input. Is there some time frame that these are being lent for? -- it will be good to know this up front.

From Jim Davis, UCLA: This is good news. We are looking forward to testing these.

From Larry Levine, Dartmouth: We've given this some thought and we're excited about it. I hope we receive the two iPods soon. We can think of the proverbial "whole bunch" of ways to use iPods in curriculum/teaching/learning and research. We're likely most ready to roll with language teaching. Also have ideas for music education, any kind of recorded audio for various (extremely available and convenient) learning methods like drill/practice, review, verbal explanations, glossaries, and pronunciations (not just foreign languages). And of course, very generically speaking, it's just plain convenient and so recommends itself for a "mobile learner" - the digital world consists of what you can see and what you can hear (given that touch, smell, and taste have not yet been digitized) - as a hard drive, the iPod stores what you can see and hear, but it also "displays" what you can hear. I'm sure our faculty would fill in many specific examples.

From Craig B. Luigart, US Department of Education: Looking forward to this experiment!

From Dan Updegrove, UT, Austin: This is good news, both to ensure that all UEF members get early exposure and to coordinate the testing/feedback process.

From Mike Ribaudo, CUNY: thanks peter - sounds great - have a happy holiday Mike

From Steven Sather, Princeton: One last surprise from Apple this year. Thank you on behalf of Princeton. I am already thinking of who at Princeton will be the best targets. Of course I might need to do some "testing" for the first couple of weeks. I read on-line someplace that someone has already created a program that will take your Entourage contacts and download them to the iPod.

From Marty Ringle, Reed College: This is great. I've already started the investigation with an iPod that we purchased but will be able to do more with the ones you send next month. I view this as an excellent opportunity to try out all sorts of new things.

My thanks to you, Carl, and the members of the UEF for coming up with this.

From Sam Scalise, Sonoma State: Smart move.

first plan
First plan

Project: Extending iPod for higher education


To develop and share content and technology to extend iPod technology in higher education.

To explore obvious uses in content such as music by extending the breadth of content and developing appropriate databases that can be shared across education

To explore unique uses in other areas of education such as language, biology and the health sciences.

To explore adaptation of iPod technology to other forms of information

To continue to understand how higher education and Apple can work together to develop exciting projects


To provide specifications for databases that can be populated by several institutions

To demonstrate extended use of iPod in higher education

To document the process for developing collaborative technologies between Higher Education and Apple Corporation

Design of study:

Each UEF institution will receive two iPods to explore ways to extend content and technologies. UEF institutions interested in the project will submit initial ideas for content and technologies. Content and technology exploration groups will be established and each participating institution will designate a content and a technology specialist to participate in one or more exploration projects.

UM WorkTools ( a modification of UM CourseTools for collaborative research projects will be provided for exploration groups. Groups will use WorkTools (threaded discussion, archived e-mail, resources, assignments, announcements and chat) to develop project deliverables. Teleconferences may also be used to share information as well as e-mail and video conferencing. Reports will be generated by each exploration group and complied into a final project report.

Each report will contain:

      content or technology area of exploration,

     specifications for development of content and technology

       requirements for exploration area project

       prototype (screen shots to actual working applications) if possible

   brief report on the process to develop the project.

Three times during the project, institutions will be surveyed to determine reaction to iPods. Survey's will be returned analyzed and set to institutions to provide measures of overall interest, satisfaction and collaboration.

Time lines:

Apple will provide access to the iPod development group and will also proved leads for third party groups working on iPod projects. (Already the ProVue database group have hacked the iPod system to develop database utilities using and MP3 [but not music] formats.)

So we can make an impact for fall term we need to have the initial report to Apple at our next UEF meeting on May 14th. Working backwards the time line looks like this:

Jan 13 -> Start discussions of possible content areas of focus for iPod teams on your campus

Jan 13 -> receive iPod and distribute to key campus folk on a limited basis

Jan 20 -> selection of content areas of focus for your campus

Jan 20-> selection of Apple team to work with project

Jan 24 -> initial survey on iPod reaction sent to institutions

Jan 27-> selection of iPod campus team with lead for content and technology

Jan 27-> WorkTool collaboration set up for initial ideas on content and technology use by content and by technology

Jan 31-> survey responses returned.

Feb 1-> groups commence interaction

Feb 27-> first conference (electronic) on projects progress

March 1-> second survey on iPod reaction sent to institutions

March 8-> second survey responses returned

March 27-> second teleconference

March27-> third survey on iPod reaction sent to institutions

May 1 -> Project reports due

May 14-> Overall project presentation at UEF forum.

Looks very ambitious and perhaps we're expecting too much. If so let us know and give some constructive criticism.



What do you mean, it’s too complex!!



Reed has already started to look at ways to incorporate iPods into our environment, so we'd be more than happy to participate. Would it be possible, though, to have two levels of the proposed game plan (i.e., "iPod Investigation"

and "iPod Investigation - Lite")? Writing and sharing a report on areas of usage that we're exploring is relatively easy, low-cost, and has a high probability of success. Getting feedback on multiple surveys, undertaking

software development this spring, etc. is somewhat out of our scope. Is there, perhaps, a smaller oar we can pull :-) ?

First lesson: Keep it simple, stupid!

so we learn
So we learn…

Hi UEF members.

Thanks for your response to the iPod project. For many of us, returning back to reality after the holidays helped us realize how few cycles our staff have to spare, particularly during these trying budget times.

As Gary pointed's not lack of interest (many of us have already started) it's the size of the proposed project. Marty mentioned an iPod Lite version that would allow for involvement but less filling.

  • To develop and share content and technology to extend iPod technology in higher education.
  • To explore obvious uses in content such as music by extending the breadth of content and developing appropriate databases that can be shared across education
  • To explore unique uses in other areas of education such as language, biology and the health sciences.
  • To explore adaptation of iPod technology to other forms of information
  • To continue to understand how higher education and Apple can work together to develop exciting projects
  • To provide ideas to extend the content and technology of iPod
  • To share higher education examples of the above
  • To report to Apple UEF the results of the project and process used to arrive there.

After exploring the 2 iPods each institution receives, each institution participates in an iPod iDea bash, (sharing ideas in e-mail or lurking or working in UMWorkTools)

When/if individual shared projects emerge, teams from participating institutions will develop iPod.ext's. These could range from working models, or sample prototypes, or screen mock ups, or specs, or idea outlines.

Reports would be shared and a compilation prepared for the May UEF.


Outcomes for the project can be grouped into 2 categories:

What are the ways the iPod can be used to enhance teaching and learning? Provide case examples including information such as the institution and department, specific classroom/learning environment, educational objectives for using the iPod, description of the project, and the expected advantages or benefits. Apple would like to share these success stories with other educators.

What modifications would you recommend that Apple make to the iPod to extend or enhance the usefulness of the iPod as a "digital audio playback device"? These ideas will be shared internally within Apple.

resources used in the project
Resources used in the project
  • iPods
  • WorkTools
  • iBash
  • Institutions participating
  • Persons participation
  • Survey
the materials
The materials
  • Two iPods to each institution
  • Opportunity to purchase more at significant discount
institutions involved 23
Apple (5)

Colorado (4)

Cornell (1)

CMU (1)

CUNY (1)

Dartmouth (1)

Melbourne (1)

MIT (1)

NYU (2)

Ohio State (1)

Reed (1)

Sheridan (2)

Sonoma (1)

Swarthmore (1)

Texas (2)

Institutions Involved (23)

UCLA (1)

U Iowa (3)

UIUC (2)


UMN (1)

Vermont (1)

Wisconsin (1)

Yale (1)

participants 47
Steve Acker

Mark Altekruse

Mark Anbinder

Diana Bajzek

Kurt Bedell

Eric Behrens

Carl Berger

Dan Bruell

Michelle Clifford

Dennis Crall

Louis Cruz

Gary Cziko

vincent doogan

Bill Duff

Gavin Eadie

Kurt Fendt

Jay Field

Les Finken

Otmar Foelsche

Peter Furmonavicius

Charles Greene

Jeff Greene

Peter Hoffman

Karen Kost

Jackie Kushner

Frederick Lifton

Richard Malenitza

Mark McCahill

Douglas Mills

Judith Olson

Scott Pelok

Ronnie Peters

Nils Peterson

Liz Price

Rob Roy

James Rubarth Lay

Ed Sakabu

David Schaal

Robert Schnabel

Howard Simkins

Kaspar Stromme

Daniel Updegrove

Lynne Van Voorhis

Michael Williams

Alan Wolf

Victor Wong

Stephen Young

Participants (47)
other projects
Other projects?
  • Portable database
  • Portable Mac OS X user Preferences and certificates
  • Figuring out how to input audio from a Firewire mic (if any exist)
  • Firewire uses : home directory, images, software checkout
other help from apple
Other help from Apple
  • What areas are they thinking of taking this technology?
  • Change firmware to support recording from firewire microphone!
  • "Audio Recording Capability
  • Audio Tagging Capabilities - to allow us to search for bookmarked segments."
  • What plans for the next rev of iPod
  • Larger storage already! 5GB is almost not enough when doing images, software, etc and still want a little room for music..
  • Tutorial on iPod usage for new users
  • help with tools for managing pools of iPods in lab settings (charging, adding and removing media, locking content for IP reasons)
  • Tools for server-based synching of multiple student iPods with different user profiles, i.e. student specific list of audio files
  • Info to power off, force quit, a way to delete files or music directly from the Ipod. Info on reformatting the HD.
other comments or ideas for apple
Other comments or ideas for Apple?
  • Any chance ever to run MPEG-4 movies on future iPods? We'd have the perfect educational applications for it (projects in foreign languages and literatures at MIT). Check out web site:
  • Some aesthetic issues: would prefer a different color. White reveals dirt to easily. Perhaps packaging iPod with a carrying case included. Better quality ear phones. USB in addition to the firewire port to provide more options to users to upload and download info. Lacie makes a pocketdrive with both options so it can be done. It's a great device for listening to music and transferring data although a bit pricey.
  • There is interest on campus in this being a video device as well as audio.
  • The iPod as an inventory data storage device utilizing a firewire bar-code reader.
  • implementation on the Windows platform. A majority of users and equipment in many institutions use the Wintel line and ignoring this segment is foolish. Since most PCs do not yet include "firewire ports" as standard equipment, perhaps a USB version can be considered for them.
pilot projects
Pilot projects
  • Australia
      • Steven Young
CMU: Three reengineering ideas:1
    • Arrange a series of images into an album with some text captions in iPhoto and click the export to IPOD.
    • Go to class with the presentation on the iPOD.
    • In class plug the bluetooth/laserpointer adapter into the ipod.
    • Use the ipod to move through the presentation. Click on the next slide button, the slide is sent to the projector and to those students equipped with portable computing devices. Using the thumb wheel quickly move through the presentation or jump to related presentations.
      • Diana Bajzek
CMU: Three reengineering ideas:2
    • A student who takes the iPOD to class, plugs in the microphone and records the lecture. As the instructor speaks, use the thumb wheel and buttons to hilite the more important passages. Just like using the wheel to adjust the volume, also use the wheel to flag passages as more important or less.
    • Looking at a visual chart of the recorded passages, spikes appear of more important notes and jumps. Or review the lecture by selecting to view all passages flagged as at least a level 8 of importance. Jump and review only those portions.
      • Diana Bajzek
CMU: Three reengineering ideas:3
    • As a writer or researcher. Interview many people. and keep audio notes. Using the same technique as in senario 2, use the audio hiliter to help locate important information for recall and processing later.
      • Diana Bajzek
    • Used in our Technology, Arts and Media project courses, where the students create multimedia projects.
      • Bobby Schnabel
CSU Sonoma
    • World Music survey combining his use of the iPod with learning iTunes and how to burn CD's.
    • Need a way within iTunes to edit the mp3 file.
      • Jay Field
    • Two iPods containing all audio cassette materials normally used in first year instruction were given to two students having difficulties with pronunciation and listening skills. The instructor reports significant improvement of students' skills over a short period of time (14 days). Obviously, this is not very meaningful data... but it is encouraging.
      • Otmar Foelsche
    • A portable iMovie and Final Cut project transport unit. Use iPod as large storage device with possiblity of ‘lockdown’ of info at distribution station.
    • A “finder” for bird identification through songs. Students use search id’s such a trill, whistle or click to narrow search, then dial and listen to identify. Popular and scientific names are in song names and album tags.
      • Scott Pelok and Carl Berger
MIT Foreign Languages:
    • Two projects in Chinese and German focused on the portable storage of audio files. Textbook related recordings of conversations that are either no longer published or have been produced by our own faculty in Chinese (1st and 2nd year) and were still in the testing phase. In both cases, the initial motivation for faculty was that students hardly went to the language lab or even visited a secured web site in order to listen to the recordings. Students who participated in our experiment reported that they listened to the recordings far more frequently and even listened to the recordings multiple times.
      • Kurt Fendt
MIT Comparative Media Studies - Interactive/non-linear narratives:
    • a) Complex stories: In the course on interactive/non-linear narratives we experimented with non-linear narratives in audio-only formats. One student group produced audio clips that portray the complex life story of a male character. Their approach was to have audio snippets from a personal digital voice recorder. Through the various recordings listeners would get an increasingly complete picture of this character.
      • Kurt Fendt
MIT Comparative Media Studies - Interactive/non-linear narratives:
    • b) MIT Audio Tour: Another student group worked on an audio tour of MIT, making personal thoughts, experiences, and informational texts available to visitors. Students made recordings and wrote texts about locations, labs, dining halls etc., organized according to the typical MIT building number scheme. Special tours through MIT are available under Playlists.
      • Kurt Fendt
    • Utilize the iPod as a storage device for large files to be lent out to students. Students can then view these files thru a link within BlackBoard
      • Richard Malenitza
    • Music course has a lot of reserved listenings each week. For this one a question was asked to me already about what kind of "deal" we could get if we want to distribute iPods to each student in the course (about 20).
    • Language instruction. Being able to easily download the instruction to an iPod from any Mac on campus optimizes material distribution and once again unties students from needing to sit next to a computer to listen.
      • Steven Sather
    • A station and 10 iPods in our music library. We hope to get something started this summer. Content protection is an issue that I hope we can hear more about from Apple.
    • Placing 10-15 iPods in our language lab and piloting their use over the summer. That pilot will focus on a specific course, but after the summer we think the iPods will just be available for loan to any language student.
      • Alan Wolf
  • Not able to modify data ‘tags’
  • Not able to record
  • Inadvertent student wipeout of data (lack of ‘Lock Down’)
  • Not able to have involvement for iPod developers on the worksite
goals met
Goals met?

How well?

  • To develop and share content and technology to extend iPod technology in higher education.
  • To explore obvious uses in content such as music by extending the breadth of content and developing appropriate databases that can be shared across education
  • To explore unique uses in other areas of education such as language, biology and the health sciences.
  • To explore adaptation of iPod technology to other forms of information
  • To continue to understand how higher education and Apple can work together to develop exciting projects







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