iPods help soldiers earn college credit during deployment

larry.jpegNew Mexico State University is taking distance education well beyond the borders of the Land of Enchantment, offering airmen from Holloman Air Force Base – and possibly all U.S. troops – the chance to continue their education during deployments.
“I think what we have started here will have Department of Defense-wide implications and it’s really going to take off,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Goldfein, commander of the 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman Air Force Base.  “I believe it’s going to be extremely successful because it speaks to the way our young airmen like to learn.”

The idea is simple:  Provide airmen at Holloman an entire course, minus the mid-term and final exam, on an iPod.  The digital media devices were bought by NMSU specifically for this project.  The first course being offered is called, “Sociology in a Sack.”
“Inside the sack, we have the iPod loaded with lectures, a charger, belt clip, cover and headphones,” said Rodger Bates, the special assistant to the vice provost for outreach.  “We also include support packet, including instructions, a syllabus and sample quizzes.  Everything they need for the course.”


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