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Sunday, 25 January 2009

Not only will select students be able listen to Poison on their iPod touches next quarter, they can also learn about toxic hazards.

Timothy Ryan, an associate professor in the School of Public Health Sciences and Professions, plans to complement his lectures by distributing them to students equipped with iPod touches in his Introduction to Industrial Hygiene class this Spring Quarter. This trial run is a first at Ohio University.

The lectures, which will be a hybrid of video and slides and have been specifically formatted for the iPod touch, will come preloaded on the device. The students are expected to watch and review the lectures before class to allow for a better use of class time, Ryan said, adding that he can monitor whether students are watching them.

"When it is time for class, we are going to restructure that time," Ryan said. "It will be more engaging, more questions and answers and exercises. The talking at you has been done already."

Students will be able to give feedback at the end of the quarter on the effectiveness of Ryan's trial when they return their iPods.

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