I’ve now written stories for the Spartan Daily about Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Is Yahoo next? Thankfully, no. But I’ll keep an eye out, so I can hit the superfecta.
For the record, every single student who has talked to me about the iTunes U story has said something to the effect of “So we don’t have to go to class anymore. Cool.” I left the folks I talked to lots of openings to really explain how podcasts could be used as supplemental audio/video material, and not just class lectures, but I must have hit the wrong sources, because no one really took off on that angle.
There’s obviously a lot more to it than just class lectures, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens if/when they launch. I know SJSU is trying to teach folks how to podcast, use Skype, etc., but I don’t know what the adoption rate is looking like yet. I’m sure that would make a lovely thesis for the folks in the Instructional Technology department.