New Mexico State University is taking distance education well beyond the borders of the Land of Enchantment, offering airmen from Holloman Air Force Base â€“ and possibly all U.S. troops â€“ the chance to continue their education during deployments.
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â€œI think what we have started here will have Department of Defense-wide implications and itâ€™s really going to take off,â€ said Brig. Gen. David L. Goldfein, commander of the 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman Air Force Base.Â â€œI believe itâ€™s going to be extremely successful because it speaks to the way our young airmen like to learn.â€
The idea is simple:Â Provide airmen at Holloman an entire course, minus the mid-term and final exam, on an iPod.Â The digital media devices were bought by NMSU specifically for this project. Â The first course being offered is called, â€œSociology in a Sack.â€
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â€œInside the sack, we have the iPod loaded with lectures, a charger, belt clip, cover and headphones,â€ said Rodger Bates, the special assistant to the vice provost for outreach.Â â€œWe also include support packet, including instructions, a syllabus and sample quizzes.Â Everything they need for the course.â€