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Ever Wanted to be a Rock Star?

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AU is creating an iTunes site to host audio and video presentations on campus. An iTunes site is something built from the ground up. The building blocks of an iTunes site are “albums,” a concept they have migrated from selling music to engaging students. The idea of an album is that it comprises a set of class lectures (“songs”) that are added to over time. Think of the semester as your “studio time.” You can even create your own “album cover.” There are a couple of ways that faculty can use iTunes. One approach is to record and post your lecture/song before the class and require students to listen to it before the session. That way, the whole period can be devoted to discussing the materials. Another approach is to record the lecture in the classroom and post it after the lecture. Students then can return to the lectures when preparing for quizzes or exams to review key concepts. Either way, these materials can be recycled and used in later classes or become essential parts of creating an online course. Through RSS feeds, students who sign up will receive notification when new “songs” are posted to the “album”. You don’t need to be into rock, country western,bluegrass, soul, folk, grunge, klezmir, hip-hop, rap, classical, or zydeco. You don’t need to know about Pink Floyd (“Another Brick in the Wall”), Chuck Berry (“School Day”), or Alice Cooper (“School’s Out”). But, if you are interested in writing some songs and creating your album next semester, contact Jim Lee in CTE at x2285 or jlee@american.edu.