Four universities are giving students the chance to complete certificate and degree programs by downloading class material to mobile devices like iPhones and iPods in a distance-learning initiative that one day could be commonplace in higher education.
The University Alliance, one of the country’s largest online education facilitators, announced earlier this month that students enrolled in web-based courses at Villanova University, the University of San Francisco, Tulane University, and the University of Notre Dame will be able to watch course lectures in MP4 video format on their mobile devices.
Besides the popular Apple devices, students also can download streaming lectures to their Droid phones and BlackBerries, among other devices.
Education technology advocates say learning via mobile device marks the next step beyond distance courses on a desktop or laptop computer—technology that isn’t always portable.
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