According to a new study, college students who watch their lectures from their dorm room via podcast might do better on their next exam than those who attend the lecture in person, reports the Industry Standard. Researchers at the State University of New York, Fredonia, measured the performance of 64 students, half of whom watched a lecture via podcast and the other half attended the live lecture. Students who used the podcast averaged a 71 out of 100 on the follow-up test, whereas those who actually went to the lecture averaged a 62. Apple’s iTunes University hosts podcasts from major universities, such as MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley. Some professors limit downloads of their lectures for fear of attendance dropping. But not all professors are afraid of the new method of teaching; some believe it’s an excellent tool that allows students to go back and review what they’ve missed–and helps universities cater to different learning styles. "Some learn better by attending lectures in person, and others by watching them offline," said Andrew Ng, a Stanford University computer science professor whose lectures are on iTunes. "Providing videos to students lets them pick whatever works best for them."
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