Responding to the iPhone’s popularity among students, many universities now are rolling out initiatives that aim to take advantage of its potential as a converged, mobile learning device.

The timing is good for such initiatives, because earlier this month, Apple Inc. moved to expand the use of its iPhone by unveiling software intended to allow third-party developers to build new iPhone applications.

On March 14, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., released a version of its web site’s home page specially designed for the iPhone.

“More and more of our students, faculty, and staff are using the...

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