The College of Dentistry has become the first school at NYU to offer its students the ability to record course lectures in the classroom and automatically upload the audio files to Apple’s iTunes U, where the files are posted within two hours for playback on any computer or MP3 player, thereby eliminating the need for a technician to upload the files. The courses are open only to College of Dentistry students and faculty.
Students record the lectures on Apple Macintosh Mini computers installed in eight of the largest classrooms and lecture halls. When a class ends and the student clicks “stop record,” the file is automatically uploaded to iTunes U. The software enables students to easily search, download, and play course content in a format resembling the one used for music, movies, and television programming in the iTunes Store.
“The process of podcasting-or playing back-recordings on an iPod, iPhone, or other MP3 player enables students to repeatedly access a lecture that they may have missed or need to hear again,” said Elise Eisenberg, director of informatics and digital support services at the College of Dentistry.
About New York University College of Dentistry Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school.